• Book Review: Green Woodworking by Drew Langsner
    In the June 2018 issue of Wood News, Norm Reid reviewed Drew Langsner’s book, Green Woodworking. The subtitle of this book Green Woodworking“A Hands-On Approach” – points to a highly important aspect of this book. This is no mere treatise on working with green wood. Rather, it’s both an introductory guide to key green woodworking methods and a set of practical projects to get you started on the road to the satisfaction of completed projects. Click here to ... read more
    Source: Highland Woodworking BlogPublished on 2018-06-21
  • Pyrography
    Like most people, we spend lots of time (way too much time) surfing the web, entranced by various videos. In Video Roundup, we offer some videos from all over the world that we found especially intriguing.Pyrography, also known as pyrogravure, pokerwork, and - most poetically, Fire Needle Embroidery, is the art of decorating wood with intentionally applied burn marks. Pyrography has been practiced since prehistoric times - basically wherever humans had wood and fire and the desire to tell stories ... read more
    Source: Video Roundup at Tools for Working WoodPublished on 2018-06-21
  • hit a snag with the spokeshave……..
    Had another slow night in the shop. I had stayed at the graduation celebration too long and oh dark thirty seemed to have came 3 hours early this morning. I did not want to get out of bed to go to work this AM. But I did and now that the day is almost over, I didn't have the desire to do anything in the shop  that required a high calorie count. So I thought I would finish the spokeshave ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2018-06-21
  • A Cane I Gave Away
    Trying to evaluate the values in life is often tricky. In a Western culture where most things seem to be valued by its final cost, we seem to ever fall into the pit of evaluating worth by the cost of materials, the manufacturing costs, sales margins and then the ultimate value in the final sales. […] Read the full post A Cane I Gave Away on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2018-06-21
  • Framing a picture
    Sometimes when we travel we go to art galleries. I’m not a big fan of modern art, but I do have a soft spot for those large historical landscapes, the ones that are 6’×8′ or larger. However the one thing that I always find fascinating, but most people likely ignore, are the frames. These masterpieces are usually just used to support the picture, but they should be on show by themselves. The frame makes the picture. Their intricate hand-carved details, ... read more
    Source: Working by handPublished on 2018-06-21
  • Production Begins on the Lump Hammer
    Hey, if you’d like to read the latest on the Crucible lump hammer, check out this brief blog entry. — Christopher Schwarz ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2018-06-21
  • You know I had to…
    You know that box that was labelled "Rabot" (Plane in French)…Well, its been nagging me for a while, I just had to take a break from my cleaning up the shop, landscaping, cutting the grass, working on a few small projects etc. etc... and finally I broke down and decided to open it today and see what I got misplaced for a while . We got back here in Jun 2011, so that box sat unopened until now, 7 years ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2018-06-21
  • How to Design Furniture With Spindles
    Designing a piece of furniture with multiple spindles – or even working with someone else’s plan – can be tricky. Drawings will tell you one thing; your eye will tell you another. And relying on math or simple proportions is usually little help. The problem is how to array the spindles so they appear to be balanced compared to their neighbors and also either fan out or get closer together. […] The post How to Design Furniture With Spindles appeared ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2018-06-20
  • An Argument for Simplicity in Household Furnishing Part I
    By William Morris 1883 In all that concerns household furnishings and decoration, present tendencies are toward a simplicity unknown in the past. The form of any object is made to express the structural idea directly, frankly almost with baldness. The materials employed are no longer chosen solely for their intrinsic value, but with a great consideration for their potential beauty. The qualities thus apprehended are traced to their source and then carefully developed by the skill of the craftsman. In ... read more
    Source: Journeyman’s journalPublished on 2018-06-20
  • more Greenwood Fest photos
    Some might be repeats – I can’t keep track. home of Swedish cowboy coffeeTobias Eklund and Pär Brask  from Morakniv were there all weekend, offering Swedish cowboy coffee and talking knives…it was great having them with us. Tobias Ecklund of Morakniv  Pär Brask and Ian discussing knives over coffeeDarrick Sanderson (ol’ #16) brought his own lathe, set up outside the pavillion drawing in the crowds to see what all the commotion was about. Darrick SandersonThe lathe pavillion was always jumping. Not ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2018-06-20
  • Learning to scythe in Manchester
    Scything and Billy Joel - only in Manchester! Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Steve Tomlin CraftsPublished on 2018-06-20
  • Video: An Easy Way to Draw Joinery in SketchUp
    If you've been using SketchUp to create detailed furniture models including joinery such as dovetails, mortises, and dadoes, you probably know that adding those details can be some of the… ... read more
  • Cradle with shellac finish
    I just finished adding some finish to the cradle,I used orange shellac. The best part about using shellac in my view is that it will last hundreds of years guaranteed. It’s not like I’m going to be around to see it, but if you need proof, just go to any museum and see for yourselves if what I say is true or false. ... read more
    Source: Journeyman’s journalPublished on 2018-06-20
  • graduation……
    My in-laws (wife's brother and wife) adopted a baby from China 18 years ago. He recently graduated from High School and tonight was the celebration. Nothing short of a stroke or maybe a heart attack would drag me out of the house after work but there are always exceptions. This was a big one. Growing up in foster homes and orphanages is what is in my childhood memory banks. His graduation is special for me. He was a lucky one ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2018-06-20
  • Bandsaw Blade Dull?
    It happens from time to time. A blade seems suddenly to dull and then the drift. You should have ordered more in but you procrastinated and when you need a reasonably sharp blade you’re out. Bandsaw blades have hardened teeth and cannot be sharpened with a file like a conventional saw any more.  That’s the […] Read the full post Bandsaw Blade Dull? on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2018-06-20
  • The Irish ‘Fool’s Chair’
    There are lots of vernacular stick chairs styles out there if you do a little digging. Researcher Suzanne Ellison has been turning over a lot of rocks lately to find stick chairs in countries such as Sweden, Germany and Italy. Today she sent over a load of images of Irish chairs, and this one stuck in my head. It’s a fairly common form and common paint scheme. Interestingly, these chairs were referred to as “fool’s chairs,” “famine chairs” or ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2018-06-20
  • Benchcrafted: Not a Review – an Endorsement
    Recently one of the leg vises in my shop cracked. The vise chop snapped and the garter on the wooden screw gave way. While I could repair the damage, I decided to replace the entire mechanism with a Benchcrafted Classic vise and a Crisscross Retro. I have this setup on one of my other benches and it is, without question, my favorite woodworking vise. The Classic moves swiftly. I never […] The post Benchcrafted: Not a Review – an Endorsement ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2018-06-19
  • Before the Workbench Drawer
    For the under-bench stowage shelf I found things slipped off sideways or at the back from time to time. This is the first time I’ve added an upstand to prevent this from happening, though I have enclosed sides and back on many workbenches. I don’t want an enclosure this time. I may at some point […] Read the full post Before the Workbench Drawer on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2018-06-19
  • Changing Table
    Some progress on the DIL's changing table in spite of few days off over the last month or so. I expect it will be finished before the big event if I can find a couple of days to work on it.The base is Poplar and MsBubba has volunteered to paint it with Milk Paint. Which is a good thing for several reasons, I hate to paint and it usually shows plus one of the draw bore pegs blew out the ... read more
    Source: I’M A OK GUYPublished on 2018-06-19
  • Video: Build a Cabinet Under Your Drill Press
    Do you feel like you need more space in your shop for storage? Steve Johnson, the Down to Earth Woodworker, came up with a clever way to take advantage of the unused space underneath his drill press. Take a look at his design in the video below – maybe you can build a drill press cabinet like this one in your own workshop!  The post Video: Build a Cabinet Under Your Drill Press appeared first on Woodworking Blog. ... read more
    Source: Highland Woodworking BlogPublished on 2018-06-19
  • Workbenches: With Experience Comes Simplicity
    For the many-hundredth time last week, I explained the virtues of simple workbenches to a skeptical audience of 10 workbench builders. They weren’t having it. Their benches were sketched out with complex tail vises, multiple rows of dogs, twin-screw vises, quick-release vises and other assorted bench appliances. As always, I shrugged my shoulders and smiled when I finished my speech. Woodworkers at the beginning of their career will always – […] The post Workbenches: With Experience Comes Simplicity appeared first ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2018-06-19
  • By Hand and Eye Workshop
      Every woodworker I know wants to get better at design. Yet it’s hard to carve out time to devote to it. Perhaps it’s because most of us go it alone. Design like any skill responds to our time and attention, but progress often comes in fits and starts. I’ll be teaching a design workshop at Marc Adams School of Woodworking the week of August 27th through the 31st.  It’s a chance to make a significant leap in your design ... read more
    Source: BH&EPublished on 2018-06-18
  • A Meaty Mystery for Prof. Bespokus
    Lately someone anonymous has been sending artisanal cured meats – charcuterie – to the Lost Art Press storefront. Addressed to “Professor Bespokus,” each small package has contained two lovely sausages but no indicator as to who sent them. The meats aren’t poisonous (I had Megan and Brendan try them out, and they suffered no ill effects). And the meaty delights have become an important part of our lunchtime ritual at the shop. So whoever you are, oh meat ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2018-06-18
  • Which Affordable Dovetail Saw is Best? Lie-Nielsen vs. Veritas
    In the above video I discuss backsaws, and what to look for when you're buying a back saw. I focus on comparing two of the most popular mid-priced dovetail saws, the Veritas dovetail saw (by Lee Valley) and the Lie-Nielsen dovetail saw. What is a Back Saw? A back saw is a ... read more
    Source: Wood and ShopPublished on 2018-06-18
  • Stuff’s Happening
    Two things off the top of my head. The Open House day is Saturday and that’s going well. Everyone here is excited to meet everyone coming and share their experience, show you around and explain things. I am going to give a presentation we will be filming to send round after the day, alongside a […] Read the full post Stuff’s Happening on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2018-06-18
  • ‘Welsh Stick Chairs’ Arrives This Week
    The printing plant says that “Welsh Stick Chairs” will leave the dock on Thursday and head to our warehouse in Indiana. As soon as it arrives, we’ll start shipping out all the pre-publication orders. If you haven’t ordered yet and would like to be among the first to receive it, there’s still time to order. The book is $29, which includes domestic shipping, and can be ordered here. Why is This Book Only for North America?Meghan Bates, who handles our ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2018-06-18
  • Wille Sundqvist and Bill Coperthwaite Slöjd Fellowship
    At Greenwood Fest, our friend Peter Lamb https://www.instagram.com/gerrishisland/ came in on Saturday night to make a presentation of the Wille Sundqvist and Bill Coperthwaite Slöjd Fellowship award. The Fellowship aims to honor Wille and Bill and continue their legacy. Wille Sundqvist  Bill CoperthwaiteHere’s a blurb about the Fellowship – “The Wille Sundqvist and Bill Coperthwaite Slöjd  Fellowship is awarded to craftspeople to further deepen the meaning, skills, and connections among those passionate about simple living and handmade objects. The Fellowship ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2018-06-18
  • Installing My Under-Bench Shelf
    Adding a main shelf underneath my bench is a questionable addition except this time I am going to take control of it. Over the years it proved useful more as a catchall for stuff that just does not fit elsewhere rather than an organised system of storage. It did hold my electric grinder, my metal […] Read the full post Installing My Under-Bench Shelf on Paul Sellers' Blog. ... read more
    Source: Paul Sellers’ BlogPublished on 2018-06-18
  • This weekend my younger son made a couple of pens for his…
    This weekend my younger son made a couple of pens for his teachers as an end of school gift. He chose zebrawood for this set. He also tried using a skew chisel for the first time. The finish is oil/shellac/microcrystalline wax. Turned out pretty nice. ... read more
    Source: Giant CypressPublished on 2018-06-18
  • Shrink Pot Links
    Here are a few links for learning about how to make Shrink Pots. How to make a Shrink Pot – Woodworkers Journal Woodwright Shop – Shrink Pot ... read more
    Source: She Works WoodPublished on 2018-06-18