• Jane Mickelborough Spoon Carving Class
    I’m excited to announce my first-ever guest instructor! Jane Mickelborough will teach a small spoon carving class in my shop while she’s in the states visiting Curtis Buchanan. She’s taught at Spoon Fest and hosts a spoon-carving festival in France where she lives; I’m excited to meet her and learn from her. I still have a few spots open in my chairmaking classes, including a Continuous Arm class in March. Plus, Peter Ross and I are ironing out ... read more
    Source: Elia BizzarriPublished on 2019-01-16
  • Sold Out of Hammers, Again
    We sold out of our Crucible Lump Hammers within hours (again). Why don’t we take back orders? This entry explains why. — Christopher Schwarz ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2019-01-15
  • Making a small personal drum
    Today Jean and I went to a drum making workshop, taught by Mi'kmaq elder Carolyn Landry in Kentville NSWe each made our own personal drum.  This is how the day wentWe were wondering how we would be able to pull this off in our given 1 and 1/2 hour workshop.The secret? That wood ring is pre made and the soaking deer hide already cut to size and punched.  We are essentially putting together a kit.  It is then a very ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2019-01-15
  • Irish Boat Builder
    Here’s another great three part videos of a single old guy building a boat by hand. ... read more
    Source: Journeyman’s journalPublished on 2019-01-15
  • Sign Up for the Issue Six Packing Party!
    As you may have seen in our blog post yesterday, our preparations for the release of Issue Six are beginning to pick up steam. If you’ve followed us for any amount of time, you know that with each new issue release comes the Mortise & Tenon Packing Party! Folks from all around come to the shop for a couple days’ worth of working together – we wrap each issue of the magazine in brown paper, apply a trade card ... read more
    Source: Mortise & tenon magazinePublished on 2019-01-15
  • Article: Milling Wood the Hard Way
    In the latest issue of Wood News Online, Bram Gallagher tells the story of milling a salvaged tree that was being taken down in his neighborhood.  I was initially disappointed to find out that the tree they were felling was a Bradford pear, that despised tree that smells like rotting fish in the spring and collapses under its own weight in the winter. Still, the loggers were happy to drop it off in my driveway rather than spend an hour ... read more
    Source: Highland Woodworking BlogPublished on 2019-01-15
  • ‘Divide & Conquer’ Shirts from the Basement
    In 2011, I was the fulfillment service for Lost Art Press. We had books and shirts tucked into every corner of our house – our guest bedroom was one solid brick of inventory. Within a year we had found a new warehouse and we moved all the inventory to Indiana. But when we cleared out my basement of books and packing materials, we missed a cache of 70 “Divide & Conquer” T-shirts. These shirts were our most popular ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2019-01-15
  • one more set chopped…..
    I got the stuff I ordered from Bill Rittner and Droz today. The postman (or postwoman) stuffed them into my mailbox. Bill's came from Ct and Droz from the west side of the Mississippi river in Arizona. I worry about ordering via the mail now because of the high incidence of package theft going on. And the police can't be bothered catching the bad guys doing it. I don't think any of that has happened in my neighborhood because there ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2019-01-15
  • Crucible Lump Hammers in Stock
    We have a good-sized batch of Crucible Lump Hammers in stock and ready to ship. The hammers are $85 plus shipping, and (we think) they will become one of your favorite striking tools. These hammers are 100 percent made in the United States – from the hardened steel to the hickory handle to the oak wedge to the hide glue that holds it all together. This batch was machined in Indiana and finished in Covington, Ky. — Christopher Schwarz ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2019-01-14
  • Countdown to Issue Six
    As winter deepens here in Maine, Issue Six has been taking shape. Besides doing our own writing, Joshua and I (along with Megan and Jim) have been working through author’s drafts, polishing sentences, and gathering images for the next issue of M&T. There will be some compelling, informative, and fascinating stuff in this one – we are excited to get it into your hands! Beginning later this week, we will be publishing a blog post every day to introduce ... read more
    Source: Mortise & tenon magazinePublished on 2019-01-14
  • Irish Cabinetmakers
    This is a three part video of three brothers and an apprentice building a dining table and chairs. I love their foot powered scrollsaw, it’s a lot better than the French design. I just love how they all play their respective roles without encroaching on each other, just simply a perfect harmonious workshop.   ... read more
    Source: Journeyman’s journalPublished on 2019-01-14
  • George Goes the Extra Mile
    George was watching me from his side of the bench. It wasn’t so much that I felt it but more noticed he’d stopped moving. “What’s that?” he asked. “It’s a cutlery tray for silverware.” I answered. “What’s it for?” he enquired. “It’s for Mrs B, the cook at the outdoor pursuits centre where I go […] Read the full post George Goes the Extra Mile on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2019-01-14
  • The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking by James Krenov
    The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking by James Krenov Paperback — Linden Book Publishing-Woodworker’s Library Series, 2007  #JKFAC $25.00 Buy Now In The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking, Krenov addresses perfecting technique and building to the limits of one’s skill, while providing in-depth instruction for mastering the craft of cabinetmaking. A collection of topics, including the proper way to sharpen and hone tools, techniques of hollow grinding and obtaining proper grinding angles, are detailed in this comprehensive sourcebook. Lessons devoted to using and ... read more
    Source: The Sharpening BlogPublished on 2019-01-14
  • The Treasure was with Me All Along
    I think every woodworker has at least some hoarding tendencies. But I tend to loan or gift away my old tools to family or friends (mostly so I have something functional on hand when they ask me to help with a project). And I freely distribute completed projects long before they clutter start to clutter […] ... read more
    Source: The apartment woodworkerPublished on 2019-01-14
  • Diamond Edge #4C by Shapliegh
    Diamond Edge #4C by Shapliegh Shapliegh Hardware Co Diamond Edge – Diamond Edge was a brand name used by the Shapliegh Hardware Co. Many were made by Sargent but other manufacturers may have made them as well. The easiest way is determine a plane’s maker is to remove the frog and look at the way the frog mates to the plane. The correct lever cap could have been plain or it could have had an embossed diamond with DE inside it depending on the ... read more
    Source: Time Tested ToolsPublished on 2019-01-14
  • Somewhere Very Near
    It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my father. He passed shortly after my last post. The past week was spent traveling to and from Frederick, Maryland for his funeral and spending time with family. My dad was a genius. His genius was due in part to an inordinate level of […] ... read more
    Source: An Unplugged WoodworkerPublished on 2019-01-14
  • a day to heal up………
    Before I went to bed last night, I cleaned my stab wound with some antiseptic towelettes. It looked ok then, it wasn't angry and red, so I put a couple of steri-strips on to keep it closed and hit the rack. When I woke up this morning the steri-strips were still on and I hadn't bled at all during the night.I decided to take it easy today and stay out of the shop. The wound still looks good, it is ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2019-01-14
  • Centre Family Dwelling, Naked
    Today we took Christian Becksvoort to the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill to see some of the buildings and – we hoped – some of the furniture. For more than a year, the meeting house and Centre Family Dwelling have been under construction. And the majority of the village’s furniture collection has been in storage. Recently we heard they were opening the Centre Family Dwelling for tours and we drove to the central Kentucky village to see whatever we could. ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2019-01-14
  • Dark Chocolate and Sponge Cake (15)
    The shop, being unheated, has been a little unpleasant to hang out for the past couple of weeks, so shop hours have been reduced. I go as long as can, but once my hands get cold I start to worry about incurring another one of those slow-healing wrist or finger injuries. I’d rather not thanks. I do like the clear days when the winter sunlight streaming in the side of my shop, generally making the midday hours a lot more ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2019-01-14
  • Some very important information. « Tools from Japan blog.
    Some very important information. « Tools from Japan blog.: Stuart Tierney:I think it’s fairly obvious where this is going, so here it is in plain text.The Tools from Japan store will be ceasing operations as it presently exists in the near future.That’s really too bad. Stu provided a great selection of Japanese tools for the past 9 years. His store will be missed. Good luck to him and his family. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2019-01-13
  • Homemade Lathe Bed Extension
    Most older wood lathes have around 36″ max between centers. Anyone who has made chairs knows that this is a limiting factor. Most larger rocking chairs have 40″-42″ back post. I have made do with some pretty stupid and unsafe rigs to turn longer posts but finally decided on a more permanent solution for the short tool issue. The lathe I modified here is a 1970’s era Delta picked up from Craigslist a couple years back for $100. It ... read more
    Source: Eclectic MechanicalsPublished on 2019-01-13
  • Lightweight or Heavyweight Bandsaw Part I
    Owning more than one bandsaw is usually not an option for most woodworkers: they must decide one over all of the other options. In my bandsaw blog last week I tried to offer practical help for those in the market for buying one and to that end two months ago I ordered one of the […] Read the full post Lightweight or Heavyweight Bandsaw Part I on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2019-01-13
  • Woodworking in Romania
    This short video was filmed in 1998 which isn’t really that long ago. What I find interesting is how minimal and basic their tools are. The fact that these people are actually making a living from it and raised a fairly large family as well say’s a lot. Don’t you think?  If we compared them to us I think they win by a long shot. We are constantly bombarded by marketing to buy tools we really don’t need, and ... read more
    Source: Journeyman’s journalPublished on 2019-01-13
  • Woodturning with your feet
    This is how ancient Egypt used to turn wood. This guy is making chess pieces, putting food on his table using a simple device. Nothing fancy or expensive, just a simple homemade lathe. The world is an amazing place ... read more
    Source: Journeyman’s journalPublished on 2019-01-12
  • Block planes: Stanley No. 9¼
    The Stanley No.9¼ block plane was a late entry into the Stanley catalog, appearing in 1947, and disappearing in 1982. This is one of many block planes Stanley seemed to produce in this period. This plane is 6″ in length, has a 1-5/8″ wide cutter, and a  bed angle of 20°, with both blade depth and lateral adjustment mechanisms. Unlike many of its contemporaries, such as the No.9½, this plane does not have an adjustable throat, but does provide a ... read more
    Source: Working by handPublished on 2019-01-12
  • It’s All About Balance
    It’s Saturday and my sixth day of work in my work week. For over 50 years I’ve worked a six day week making. By that I mean I’ve worked building everything from my homes and my furniture, chicken coops and splitting logs: mostly with my boys as they grew alongside me. I felt sad sitting […] Read the full post It’s All About Balance on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2019-01-12
  • If You Aren’t Afraid of a Little Snow
    We’re all going to die!The Lost Art Press storefront is open today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. And at 7 p.m. we are throwing a party for Christian Becksvoort to celebrate his new book “Shaker Inspiration.” The event is free. We will have drinks and snacks. And Chris will give a presentation of his work, sign books and shake hands. Come visit a living woodworking legend in one of his few visits to the Midwest. The storefront is at ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2019-01-12
  • Day Job and Government Shutdown
    I'm one of what I suppose is the lucky few who has always enjoyed their work. Back when, to borrow an airline phrase, I "flew the line" it was always a joy to see what was just over the horizon, what new foods and culture I could experience and/or revisit familiar places. While those days have passed I still enjoy what I hope is paying back an industry that brought so much to my life.Times like last week try that ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2019-01-12
  • Travisher
    I’ve briefly mentioned the idea of using a travisher on bowls, in this post for example.  The travisher in that post was one I had made years before using a blade that I purchased from Country workshops. I used it for the occasional chair seat and for other tasks.  It’s the one at the top of the photo below: The travisher below it in the photo is one that I purchased from James Mursell’s website.  I found that ... read more
    Source: David Fisher, Carving ExplorationsPublished on 2019-01-12
  • A new rasp for curved work
    This unique rasp, handmade by Liogier in France, will allow you to deftly produce beautiful curves in your woodwork.  The stitched surface is flat across its 30mm (1 3/16″) width with a shallow convex curve (radius = 320mm) along its 160mm (6 1/4″) length. The robust hardwood handles at each end can be gripped from […] ... read more
    Source: Heartwood BlogPublished on 2019-01-12