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04-10-2018 08:56 PM

How to Prepare a Basswood Carving for Painting and Staining - 6 replies

For the Basswood (Linden wood) carvers, there is often the question of how the wood should be prepared for painting or staining. Fred Zavadil, a Canadian master wood carver, has a well presented method on his site . . . would suggest that you also take the time to have a good look around all of his site s...

12-27-2017 05:44 AM

Sears Craftsman Tablesaw Power Cord Problem - 11 replies

Over the years I have been a Sears tool purchaser, including my Sears Craftsman Tablesaw, but last week I had a small problem with it. I have an old habit that my father taught me . . . BEFORE plugging in, and starting my tablesaw, I have the habit of giving the blade a manual spin to make sure that the blade is free of any possible debris that...

04-03-2015 08:43 PM

Patterns suitable for woodcarving. - 10 replies

For carvers who are looking for additional patterns for their work, the link below will get you to a variety of patterns and books that may contain some interesting designs for you to use (or be inspired by). The site deals with leather carving, which has a lot of similarities to relief carving in wood, but uses stamping (compression) of the lea...

03-19-2015 05:55 AM

Traditional Woodworking Skills and Tools - 5 replies

I just came across a really interesting site that I want to share with anyone who is interested in learning more about traditional tools and techniques. Anne’s site includes refurbishment of older tools, along with a lot of interesting blogs and resource information. Just dig a bit, and you’ll be well rewarded https://anneofalltra...

12-24-2014 05:37 AM

Video Tutorials from Robert Sorby - 5 replies

Here’s a link to the first of 8 (currently) video tutorials on various turning projects from Robert Sorby. The first one is titled ”Project 01 Robert Sorby Garden Dibber by Nick Cook”, and the following ones are numbered sequentially as Project 02 Robert Sorby…. , Project 03 Robert Sorby… , etc.Of course these are s...

12-18-2014 06:49 PM

Our friend Martyn, Boxologist, is in the Gallery of Woodworking Greats - 13 replies

Just a quick note of congratulations to Martyn for being added to the Wood Magazine Gallery of Woodworking Greats!!!I think he deserves the recognition, both for his wonderful creative skill, and for his willingness to freely share his knowledge in a clear instructional manner.The link below will take you to the article. Congratulations Marty...

09-27-2014 02:45 AM

TV Series on Craftsmen - 12 replies

For those who may not yet be aware, there is an interesting new TV series that presents a variety of “Craftsmen” with various specialties, including woodworking and boat building. You can find a description of the series at the following site. Enjoy.

09-25-2014 03:29 AM

Tool Library - 26 replies

I just found out about the start-up of a concept that I feel is a marvelous idea. I’m wondering about how well this will work, and I will be very surprised if we don’t hear about similar “Tool Libraries” coming to life around the world. One aspect that really impresses me is the willingness of the organizers to assist peo...

12-24-2013 07:38 PM

Tree Identification and Properties - 22 replies

For those of us who have an interest in identifying various types of trees in their natural habitat, here is a very well presented site that covers over 40 of the most familiar trees from Acacia to Yew. The site includes a good selection of seasonal photos of each tree, along with various images of leaves, bark, blossoms, and fruit. Various trad...

12-10-2013 09:12 PM

Another Source for Tools and Veneer - 5 replies

I recently came across a website for a source of tools and veneer that I had not previously been aware of. So, I thought I would mention it in case other members might find it to be of interest. I haven’t compared pricing to other suppliers, but their tool quality made me take a serious look. Any comments?

12-05-2011 05:58 PM

Yuletime Decorations - 6 replies

Last night, we put up our Yule Tree, and as we decorated it with many of the hand made wooden items that we have collected over the years, I thought that a few photos might provide some ideas for tiny projects that some of you would be interested in.These decorations are all hand made, but sold commercially by K├Ąthe Wohlfahrt’s stores in G...

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