• Woodworking Charities We Love and Contribute to
    Every year Lucy and I give what we can to a variety of charities. We are picky. Lucy has spent most of her career covering the societal safety net here in Cincinnati. She knows these charities inside and out. She has taught me to be careful as well. We do our research. And look at...... Read more
    Source: Lost Art Press Published on: 2022-12-09
  • Maureen’s shop update & some white pine work
    This might have been a couple of blog posts, but I didn’t get to it. So folding them into one.Sometimes I catch these carvings in light that reminds me they were originally made to be seen in natural light. And as that light changes in the day or in the year, so too the effect … Continue reading Maureen’s shop update & some white pine work... Read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner's notes Published on: 2022-12-09
  • nail cabinet pt V......
     I have been taking my pulse after my walks to see how much I've raised my heart rate. The first two outings had readings of 62 and 63BPM. Not much higher than what I normally have (low 40s BPM) but not as high as I thought it would be. After yesterday's walk it was 78BPM which is the range I expected it to be. I realized that I was waiting too long after the walk to get a reading. Today... Read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker Published on: 2022-12-09
  • The bench in Henry Havard’s books
    Henry Havard (1838-1921) was a fine arts inspector, art historian and critic. In each of the books he wrote (L’ébénisterie, La menuiserie), there was a small picture on one of the header pages at the start of the book, and also embossed on the cover. Is it possible to date this picture? The bench is … Continue reading The bench in Henry Havard’s books... Read more
    Source: Working by hand Published on: 2022-12-09
  • New Moravian Workbench Class for 2023
    For the past decade I have taught the Moravian workbench class at the Woodwright’s School in Pittsboro NC. For the classes there I had been supplying and prepping the materials we used in the class; a pretty big job to be honest. I have been contacted by other woodworking schools over the years about teaching... Continue Reading →... Read more
    Source: Eclectic Mechanicals Published on: 2022-12-08
  • Roughed in from Roughsville
    Nothing irritates me more than when I hire a tradesperson, and they spend most of the time criticizing the worker who was there before them. When Lucy and I bought our first house, it had been essentially condemned. All utilities had been shut off. The old coal furnace had been tagged by the city as...... Read more
    Source: Lost Art Press Published on: 2022-12-08
  • nail cabinet pt IV.........
     Today was overcast and rainy and in spite of that I still went on my walk. It rained a bit off and on but it was a fine misty drizzle. I had to reroute my walk at the half way point to pee. I went right back out and finished the remainder of the route. I haven't decided yet on whether or not to take one day off. If I do it will be sunday but until then I'll try... Read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker Published on: 2022-12-08
  • Jewellery Box Episode 18
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    Source: Journeyman's journal Published on: 2022-12-08
  • Classical Guitars, Sustainability of Tonewoods
    The industry has done too good of a job convincing the vast majority of guitar players that high end acoustic guitars must be made from rosewood, mahogany, ebony and spruce. And yeah, they work-but other woods work also.Chris Martin IV, Martin GuitarsThe traditional wood choices for classical guitar making were largely dictated by what was available in 19th century Spain, which is not a particularly useful criteria for choosing wood in 21st century England.Martin Woodhouse, luthierSustainability of tone woods is... Read more
    Source: Wilson Burnham Guitars Published on: 2022-12-07
  • Plant a Seed this Holiday Season
    It’s an unusual thing to be a woodworker. My daughter Katherine says her friends give her the strangest looks when she tells them I make furniture for a living. “It’s like I told them, ‘Yeah, my dad’s a court jester.’” Katherine said. Thankfully, I know that some of the 20-somethings in Katherine’s cohort will turn...... Read more
    Source: Lost Art Press Published on: 2022-12-07
  • How To Get Started in Woodworking
    Using the hardware store saw to layout and square the ends of a 2x4 so I can turn it into a part of a projectA customer who described herself as new to woodworking recently came to our showroom. She said that she was especially interested in learning how to build furniture, and she was looking to buy the tools that would help get her on her way.We get variations of this question all the time. Sometimes the new woodworker wants... Read more
    Source: Joel's Blog at Tools for Working Wood Published on: 2022-12-07
  • no AM session again.......
     I had an appointment at the VA again today and I left for it at 0810. I didn't get to there until 0850. Usually, with no traffic, this is a 12-15 minute ride. The traffic was a slow crawling parking lot. I'm glad that I left that early because I would have been late if I had started closer to 0900. Got a bonus because the sleep study nurse took me early. I didn't get back to the barn until after... Read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker Published on: 2022-12-07
  • My Favorite Wood
     A year or so into my woodworking experience, if you had asked me that question, I would have said cherry.  I loved the way it darkened over time and just it's overall color and fragrance when working with it.  One of the things I've noticed is that I no longer have a favorite wood.  I mostly enjoy whatever wood I am working with its subtle or not so subtle differences from other woods.  I noticed this shift about two or three... Read more
    Source: Joe's Wood Working Journey Published on: 2022-12-06
  • nail cabinet pt II .........
     Jumped into the nail cabinet build with both feet. For the most part I intend to follow the plan with exceptions. One iffy one is whether or not I'll put a door on mine. I am leaning in the direction of putting the cabinet on a pedestal base of some kind. The other exception is I am going to dovetail the drawers. The plan has the drawer sides, backs, bottoms butt joined, nailed and glued. All of this is subject... Read more
    Source: Accidental Woodworker Published on: 2022-12-06
  • Free on Substack
    My new blog on Substack, “The American Peasant,” is free to everyone until Dec. 15. After that, some posts will be for subscribers (such as where I talk trash about Captain Kangaroo [JK]), and others will be free. Subscriptions are $5 a month. Or $60 a year. And you will be able to try it...... Read more
    Source: Lost Art Press Published on: 2022-12-06