|Blog series by Hoosierwoodcraft||updated 05-21-2016 10:11 AM||32 parts||80067 reads||78 comments total|
In June, I researched the history of Paul Prybil, who invented the first commerically available bandsaw. The video is posted at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUlMWLV5AQ4 Here was a man that made a lot of money in his lifetime. To see his story, see the video. After I posted this video, I got a call from the great great grandson on Paul Prybil. He told him that his great grandfather lived in a wonderful life in Long Island, with many servants. After a dinner with J P MOrgan in the 1...
In the grand scheme of woodworking, what is more important: the skills needed at a wood bench, the woodworking machinery, or the tree? If you have any doubts, you need to look at the furniture and life path of George Nakashima, a Japanese-American woodworker (1905-1990). My historic woodworker tribute can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWermZAxvfc
For vintage tool collectors, a short reminder that the second largest saw producer was the E.C. Atkins and Company in Indianapolis. The quality of the Atkins saws was equal to Philadelphia’s Disston, with a Indiana leader of metal as true as the steel of which his famous saws are made. To see my video tribute to this man and his company, click on the YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b81Z1_cAucU
For my fellow hobbyists who love the scroll-saw, I created this video on the Bily Brothers. Their life history shows the potential of the scroll-saw and your leisure time. It can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sg-IV03eVf4
This month I created a tribute to Thomas Day, a free man of color, who became one of largest furniture maker in North Carolina before the Civil War. The video can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhUeWAdlARc
To my fellow woodworkers, I wanted to look back at one of the first and largest toy manufacturers in America at the turn of the last century Morton Converse. The historic tribute video can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYua1FEVefs . You can follow his tradition by making a toy for your child or donate your efforts to children in your community.
After reading “Cabinetmaker’s Notebook”, I began to understand why James Krenov was so admired as a woodworker. Attached is my tribute video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_X39RC0jXY
This video started with an examination of a musical recorder patterned after Phillippe Bolton; and a look back and back to the process of how one pear tree made the wood for this instrument. It is a tribute to the “wood” in the term: “woodworker”. This video can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMxMMnNUpm8
This month, the woodworker tribute video focuses on Orren Haskins as a carpenter and his role as a woodworker in Shaker society in the 19th Century. A purity of form, a doctrine of usefulness, a love of order, and a sense of spirituality permeate all aspects of his craftsmanship. The video can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6y5eiq3C0Q&feature=plcp
I have created another woodworking tribute video. This is a melodramatic tribute to the handcrafted wooden barrel-making trade in southern England; and a fictional story of its end with its lost skills to be replaced with manufacturing of steel containers. So shed a tear for this fading trade. It can be found athttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtMXzKoIcXw
Because most of us work at a small studio shop -with one or two employees, we forget that most of modern equipment was first used in a factory. I wanted to look back at the industrial revolution in 1898, when George Paine built a new factory to make internal wooden doors and lower prices; and woodworkers in Oshkosh Wisconsin who attempted to raise their wages Mr. Paine’s progress ensured the adoption of the power planner, and confirmed long term success depends on the workers wo u...
In 2011, woodworkers lost the master wood carver, Nora Hall. She brought honor back to the mallet and chisel and taught other traditional woodworking. The Tribute Video to her life and work in Europe and America is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lNQezJ7Ejw Happy Holidays to all.
With thanks to Doucette and Wolfe Furniture, I developed a tribute video to John Townsend, the Newport woodworker who refined the best of high-end colonial furniture in the 18th Century. The Video can be found on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49sGS5ColmY
For one of my Illinois violin making friends, I completed a woodworking tribute to Antonio Stradivari, the great violin maker. Luthiers do not get enough credit for his skills. The YouTube video can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3Sq9Ecx5I0
Am curious with all of the creativity of woodworkers, that no one since the 1940s has attempted to a comic book for chldren on wood-working. Hoping to have a grand child myself one day, I decided to make an attempt of forest folk tale and a story appropriate for children in an animation format As a first attempt at animation, it is as crude as the lumberjacks it portrays. But it offers a hint why the forest survives the outslaught of greedy woodworkers clear cutting a forest. Unfornat...
The video was re-posted at http://vimeo.com/73477234
As a follow-up on Robby44 submission of his Molesworth’s cabinet (with Norm Adams design), want to present my woodworking tribute to Tom Molesworth, the father of western furniture. The focus is more on the furniture business and nostalgia than it is on woodworking. But, you got to admire his crew in finding fir burls across the west and incorporating them into his furniture. Can find this video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoWk8g_GOc8
Pass thru any airport or modern apartment, and you will see the impact of plywood on the furniture industry. This video tribute is to Charles Eames, the postwar furniture designer. See his struggle with shaping the compound curves in plywood chairs in 1940s and the TV debut of the Eames Lounge Chair that Herman Miller still has in daily production. The old YouTube was removed. The video was reposted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InJXt_ZsuF0&list=UUtrFW27HdF77OJwsOgROb0g
This month, I created a video on the culture, vision,, and construction that went into the Urnes Stave Church in Norway. The video can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBcfMtsp2F8
When I hear of a corporate mistreatment of a fellow woodworker, I searched historically for a company that treated tbeir employee well. I came across the name of Showers Brothers Furniture Company and created a video on the company and its first manager. If you like to view it on You Tube, it can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hvujvoZVJE
This month I created a tribute video to Edward Barnseley, one of the last Arts and Craft English woodworkers who created furniture with only hand tools until 1951,. The video captures some iconic photos of woodworking that remind us why we got into woodworking. The video can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIyOI3UwnfM
Reposted the video at http://vimeo.com/46155832
This video focuses on the early life-story of Wharton Esherick, the future designer, and his personal discovery that a woodcut will create a simple and bold image that is worth a thousand words If you would like to see it, please go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJhN-3AWlDw Every woodworker should try to make a woodcut in their lifetime. There is great satisfaction in seeing how a little chisel work on boxwood can create a bold contrast of black ink on white paper.
This month, I have been researching the life story of Thomas Chippendale. I found he knew his way with a chisel and was a skilled craftsman and a hell of a businessman. If you like to see the story, it is now posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1V48TvGwi24
This month, I focused on the carving industry in Switzerland. I created a tribute video on the Black Forest Wood Carvers. If you would llke to see the video, it is posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsq690L0VRw
Over the last month, I have focused on a woodworker in the 15th century that created religious carvings for the medieval church. If you were not a farmer, a soldier, or a priest, a woodworker would most likely create images for the church that dominated every communilty. I focused on the german sculptor, Tilman Riemenschneider. His work was beautiful and stands above the church of the day because his carving showed so much emotion. Think of the pressure on this woodworker when they moun...
This video attempts to capture the furniture building traditions in three eras: 1880s in Grand Rapids, Michigan; 1940s in Barrett, North Carolina; and 2010s in Longjiana, China. The video tracks a slow decline in craftsmanship, integrity, and pride, so wooden furniture is now classified as “household goods” – destined for a trash-can in ten years; and corporate responsibility is limited to a satisfied stock holder. If you are blessed with a successful woodworking studio, teach your fello...
Have made this woodworker tribute video to Charles A Smith for his mechanic ability and his ability to create the wooden works and case in a wooden pendulum clock in the 1930s and 40s. The video tells about his progress in making his first clock and follows the creation of an additional 613 clocks over the next 16 years of his retirement. The video can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gzj9Q_wvugY&feature=youtu.be
Developed this video tribute to the furniture designer Charles Rohlfs and his impact on Arts and Craft Furniture at the turn of the 20th Century. The video can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmzQFLXhzTQ&feature=em-upload_owner
A few months ago, I was flipping thru Tage Frid’s Teaching Woodworking series, and I realized how well those instructive textbooks have held up for the past 30 years. So I did a little more research, and came up with a historic woodworker tribute on this great woodworking educator.. The tribute video can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdUyxgrF3vU Hope you enjoy it.
Continuing my search of the best woodworker, I returned to the times of the American Revolution (i.e. competing against Duncan Phyfe); and researched a cabinet maker who captured the essence of ancient civilizations creating furniture in the Empire Style. My next historical video tribute is on the life and times of Charles Honoré Lannuier. Yesterday, I reposted this video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfyffZY_nqY
Since Quora has ranked Charles Rennie Mackintosh as one of the ten best woodworkers, I have re-posted my earlier tribute video on this architect. If you would like to see it, it is posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bpjzwWCzpk His designs for his chairs certainly should be considered as some of best in a public setting.