Adventures of a time traveling woodworker

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Blog entry by BTimmons posted 04-01-2013 06:08 PM 2000 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As much as us hand tool junkies appreciate old fashioned tools that work as well as the day they were made, this seemed like a fun thing to share in that same spirit.

Some friends of mine have been getting into wet plate photography lately. It involves cameras and chemical processes that were cutting edge technology starting around the 1850s. Now I know what ether and silver nitrate smell like. Yikes. Image artifacts from the chemical process and/or physical scratches can leave imperfections in the tintype image, but it’s all part of the character, I think. It’s a very interesting process to watch. For both of these shots I sat as still as possible for about 20 seconds.

I brought my Stanley #6 and some maple for my “time travelling woodworker” shot.

And before I got back in the TARDIS, I decided to enjoy the 19th century and live it up a little bit.

Cheers, everyone.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#1 posted 04-01-2013 06:25 PM

Very cool pics, Brian!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#2 posted 04-01-2013 06:29 PM

It would be interesting to see furniture photographed like this, with some period appropriate vase or decorations.
Looks like you have a new profile picture! My vote is for the tophat pic.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 04-01-2013 07:24 PM

Not a bad idea, Willie.

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#4 posted 04-01-2013 09:08 PM

Neat pics. I like the look of them.
I have the book “Civil War Woodworking” and all the pics in that book are either actual archive prints or new wet plate prints done for the book. I would think reanactors would be quite happy to sit for a few of those type of prints.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#5 posted 04-01-2013 09:44 PM

Chris, one of the guys knows a few Civil War reenactors. And my photographer friends want me to make them a portable dark box. Could be fun.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#6 posted 04-01-2013 09:52 PM

back in the day…...

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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