• Wabi-Sabi-ish
    I’ll probably get myself in trouble with this one.  I’ve not formally studied design nor Japanese philosophy, but here goes anyway. Wabi-sabi is a Japanese design element/philosophy that essentially finds beauty in the imperfections of an object.  Those imperfections can be a result of use or result from the making of the object.  At first blush, this sounds like a great excuse to be sloppy in your work.  It’s not quite that simple though. Most woodworkers, especially hand tool woodworkers, ... read more
    Source: GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDSPublished on 2016-07-19
  • La Menuiserie Study (III)
    In the last post, I introduced Plate 1 in the text La Menuiserie, specifically volume 3 of aa multi-volume encyclopedia on the topic. Plate 1 detailed the first significant exercise in a chapter entitled Eléments de géométrie dans l'espace. The study in this section concerns the intersection of various solids, like cones, parallelepipeds, cylinders, and spheres. I've worked my way through all of the remaining exercises in this section, and was pleased to find the layout techniques worked perfectly. In fact, ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2016-07-18
  • La Menuiserie Study (II)
    Post 2 of a series.--------After working my way through the first 70 pages of the French text La Menuiserie, I at last arrived at the keenly-anticipated first meaty exercise to be detailed, on Plate 1, entitled, "Pénétration biase de deux parallélépipèdes rectangles":The term 'parallelepiped' is a word which, though seldom encountered by most I would suspect, is a part of the English language. While the term describes a solid comprised of 6 faces which are parallelograms, when you recall that ... read more
    Source: The Carpentry WayPublished on 2016-07-18
  • This Is Why We Need Art
    I was making dinner the other day, and I happened to glance out the window and see three boys walking home from the neighborhood swimming pool.  They were fooling around, as boys are wont to do, and I paid them little notice until I saw one stooping down in the middle of the street with a piece of chalk.  They all glanced around furtively, giggling a little as the boy finished.  Then they dashed away. This is the drawing he ... read more
    Source: The Literary Workshop BlogPublished on 2016-07-18
  • Download an Excerpt from ‘Woodworking in Estonia’
    FIG. 125. Traveling chest (reisikast), Pöide, ERM 16601. I’ve prepared a 56-page excerpt from “Woodworking in Estonia” that you can download and (I hope) enjoy. The excerpt includes Peter Follansbee’s introduction to the book, plus a section on axes and a chapter on making containers from multiple boards (it’s like cooperage, but also not like it). Here’s the pdf download: Woodworking_in_Estonia_excerpt The book is available for pre-publication order for $29 in our store – copies should start shipping the first ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-07-18
  • A Messy Bench: Sign of a Superior Intelligence
    A messy bench is the sign of a superior intelligence. This is an axiom that I have been working on for some time now. Born out of necessity really as the mess came first. One job gets started. A slew of tools emerges to help with this task and then more come for another task. The first set stays, gets pushed aside, oh there’s my notebook, the new tools get used. Chips and shavings pile up. Progress gets made. Clamps ... read more
    Source: Northwest Woodworking StudioPublished on 2016-07-18
  • More Work With Studio D, Part 4
    A few weeks ago, I borrowed a friend’s Festool AFT-55 (circular saw) and tracks so I could make some exact cuts on the hall table and end table. I love the precision of the Festool, but don’t yet use it enough to justify such a purchase. I would consider picking up something, though, if I […] ... read more
    Source: The Kilted WoodworkerPublished on 2016-07-18
  • Forum Update 7/18
    Good Morning and Happy Monday! It’s that time of the week for a forum update. Remember, if you have a question about our products, procedures in our books or anything related to Lost Art Press, the fastest way to get an answer is our forum. Check it out here. Making a Wider Bookshelf Thomas needed a bookshelf to fit a 6 foot space in his home, so he modified the bookshelf from “The Anarchist’s Design Book.” (shown above) Now he is ... read more
    Source: Lost Art PressPublished on 2016-07-18
  • Grinling Gibbons – St. Mary Abchurch
    photo: Bob EastonGlorious carvings! Garlands of flowers, fruit, vegetables, and foliage hang from garlands, that hang from garlands, that hang from great whorls of acanthus.  The reredos is very tall, offering an immense vertical space that Gibbons filled well. The prominent pelican, this time gilded, appears in many churches of this era. At a time when lifelike images of Christ and the saints were banned, the pelican was an accepted symbol of Christianity . Here, it becomes a striking center of ... read more
    Source: Bob EastonPublished on 2016-07-18
  • made the wrong choice today……
    Today was far worse heat and humidity wise than yesterday was. My front porch thermometer was reading a toasty 93° F (34°C)at 1530. I'm sure that the temp went up a few more degrees too. The day started warm and got progressively gotten hotter and more humid. I didn't get much done today which suited me ok. I over did on the deconstruction I did yesterday and today I'm sore. My right hip and knee are fighting over who is ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-07-18
  • Scything on Countryfile
    Did you see the scything on Countryfile this week? Continue reading ... read more
    Source: Steve Tomlin CraftsPublished on 2016-07-18
  • Fake!
    Art sleuths, have a go at Fake! Jack PlaneFiled under: Distractions Tagged: competition ... read more
    Source: Pegs and ‘TailsPublished on 2016-07-18
  • An Improvised (and Excellent) Sticking Board
    Sticking boards are an excellent benchtop appliance when cutting mouldings by hand. A proper sticking board is an L-shaped device that holds the wood you want to “stick” (the old fashioned term for “cut mouldings.”) The fence on the sticking board prevents the wood from bowing along its length. The adjustable stops at the end (screws in the example below) restrain your wood while you cut your mouldings. I’ve made […] The post An Improvised (and Excellent) Sticking Board appeared ... read more
    Source: Woodworking Magazine WeblogPublished on 2016-07-17
  • Another trip I’d like to make some day
    Just a pointer to go read about Terence McSweeney’s visit to Tamás Gyenes’ house in Hungary. Terence & I met last year when he came to a box-making class I taught in Somerset, England. I was thrilled to hear he made it over to Hungary. What an experience that must have been! I swiped his photo above…but for the real thing, just go see his write up. It says part 1, which implies there’ll be a part 2…thanks, Terence & Tamas.  ... read more
    Source: Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notesPublished on 2016-07-17
  • Visitor – Besucher
    Papa, mir ist langweilig... Dad, I'm bored. ... read more
    Source: Old LadiesPublished on 2016-07-17
  • a ‘spare’ K13 in Desert Ironwood
      Most of the Desert Ironwood I work with is highly figured, but this set has always caught my attention. I have walked past it hundreds of times, and often stopped to pick it up. It reminded me of ribbon striped Mahogany - just in a brown tone instead of red. A few months ago, I decided to start working on it as a spare plane – picking away at it here and there. I just had to see what ... read more
    Source: Sauer & Steiner ToolworksPublished on 2016-07-17
  • Type dating a Stanley plane
    Since I am in the process of doing my usual stuff with my latest tool finds, I thought it would be a good time to go over with you about deciphering the various Type studies and how to use them to come up with an approximation of its vintage.  I previously went over a quick primer on Type studies but have yet to find my original pictures for my illustrated list. No biggie I just happens to have a "few" ... read more
    Source: The Valley WoodworkerPublished on 2016-07-17
  • hot and sticky, again………
    The first part of last week was very nice weather wise. The temps hovered in the low 70's F(21C) during the day and dropped into the middle to high 60's at night. Comfortable and enjoyable but not so come wednesday. The temps since then have steadily risen into the high 80's F (27C) and today the forecast is for the low 90's F (33C) with corresponding high humidity.In spite of the weather shop is very comfortable. The new dehumidifier is ... read more
    Source: Accidental WoodworkerPublished on 2016-07-17