• Spoons, Spoons, and More Spoons
    During market season, it sometimes seems like all I make is spoons, spatulas, and other wooden utensils. I take photos of a lot of my work, but I don’t always remember to post the photos here on my blog. So … Continue reading →... Read more
    Source: The Literary Workshop Blog Published on: 2022-06-29
  • Carving a Dragon Kuksa.
    Carving a Dragon Kuksa. I have been carving Kuksa from green Birch for 15 years or so, I’m self taught. From the beginning, I limited myself to a handful of tools, Axe, knife and hook knife plus a few bits and pieces to keep everything sharp. I’m a hiker and hillwalker and the tools I use are portable and useful at camp. For some time I carved Kuksa with simple lines, but there came a time when I wanted to stretch... Read more
    Source: Spoon Carving First Steps Published on: 2022-06-29
  • Hard Truths About Classes
    We are in the middle of prepping hundreds of parts for a July 11-15 stick chair class in partnership with The Chairmaker’s Toolbox, and I am setting aside my aversion to plastic for this one moment. As Megan Fitzpatrick and I prepare the parts – straightening the grain, octagonalizing the bits and sometimes tapering them,...... Read more
    Source: Lost Art Press Published on: 2022-06-29
  • Hard Truths About Classes
    We are in the middle of prepping hundreds of parts for a July 11-15 stick chair class in partnership with The Chairmaker’s Toolbox, and I am setting aside my aversion to plastic for this one moment. As Megan Fitzpatrick and I prepare the parts – straightening the grain, octagonalizing the bits and sometimes tapering them,...... Read more
    Source: Lost Art Press Published on: 2022-06-29
  • Sherlock: The Saw Tooth Detective
    Closeup of saw teethA draft blog post about saw sharpening, including a macro shot of saw teeth, inspired me to think about the saw's teeth. The saw in the picture is a mid-late 19th century backsaw by Norris. It's a collectible saw from the period when Norris was a general hardware store company, not the specialty infill plane maker that we remember today. Let's take a look at these teeth. Note: Look here for an explanation on the terms I... Read more
    Source: Joel's Blog at Tools for Working Wood Published on: 2022-06-29
  • the first cat thing pt II.......
     Came this close to turning the cat thing into a stand. I will not be making any more predictions as to when it will be done. Although I thought it was doable in the early part of the AM session it didn't happen boys and girls. I made a good dent in it and am still thinking on one more thing to do to it. from Blacksmith BoltAll I needed are the 3" screws on the left. The rest of them... Read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker Published on: 2022-06-29
  • Here Come the ‘Stick Chair Merit Badges’
    We received our first load of entries today for the “Stick Chair Merit Badges.” And everyone followed instructions. Thank you! It’s great to see all the different chairs and their personalities (and their owners). If you would like a merit badge for your shop apron or tuxedo, there is only one way to get them...... Read more
    Source: Lost Art Press Published on: 2022-06-28
  • Martin Wenham’s Letter Carving Book
    When I first encountered Martin Wenham’s work several years ago, it expanded my awareness of the wonderful possibilities that letter carving offers. Martin’s pieces are testaments to his attentive sensitivity to wood and language. Many of his works can be … Continue reading →... Read more
    Source: David Fisher, Carving Explorations Published on: 2022-06-28
  • Latest Standard Mandolin Completed
    The latest Standard mandolin has been completed and now living with its new owner.Below are some photos of the finished instrument for you.... Read more
    Source: A Luthier's Blog Published on: 2022-06-28
  • a little more chair work, then back to the chest
    Recently I did a little more chair work on the next brettstuhl. Laid out & chopped the housings for the dovetailed cleats (or battens) that fit under the seat. I foolishly let months go by between versions of this chair so have to re-learn the layout. These battens have dovetailed edges, so I fumbled around … Continue reading a little more chair work, then back to the chest... Read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner's notes Published on: 2022-06-28
  • the first cat thing.......
     I have all the woodworking mostly done on all 9 of the keepsake boxes. Before I get back to them I wanted to finish the first cat helper thing I made that my wife didn't like. It isn't something that I could break up and get any decent sized stock out of. So I decided to try and get a plant or knick knack stand out of. I expected to get it done up to applying finish but that didn't... Read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker Published on: 2022-06-28
  • Connected to Our Resources
    I grew up in an area of the U.S. that can be described as prime timber land. We lived directly on the Mason-Dixon Line and about a mile from West Virginia, as the crow flies. I did all the things you might expect when you think of rural living in the U.S. I helped can vegetables from the garden every summer, and we had family gatherings centered on harvesting corn. We children built and maintained hay castles in the barn... Read more
    Source: Mortise & tenon magazine Published on: 2022-06-27
  • The New Generation of Auger Bits
    I love spade bits, and I will always recommend them for people getting started in chairmaking. The bits are dirt cheap, widely available, sharpenable and are easily customized to do things other bits cannot. But like many chairmakers, I am always game to try new drill bits. If someone told me there was a new...... Read more
    Source: Lost Art Press Published on: 2022-06-27
  • #9 cooking.....
     Yesterday and today were sunny, hot, and muggy. Yesterday the temp topped out at 96F(35.5C) and today's high was 94F(34C). Tomorrow it is forecasted for rain (all day) but the temp is supposed to be close to 90F. Not sure it will be comfortable but the shop has been cool and comfortable to work in these two days. I'm thinking of putting the AC in the bedroom (usually in mid july). I used a fan last night and it was... Read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker Published on: 2022-06-27
  • Ramped Shooting Board
    II created a new type of shooting board called “A Ramp Shooting Board,” which isn’t a new concept at all, but one that I felt was needed in my daily work. The idea behind this… More... Read more
    Source: Journeyman's journal Published on: 2022-06-27