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Blog series by Hoosierwoodcraft updated 2 days ago 23 parts 44912 reads 62 comments total

Part 1: Paul Prybil, First Commerically Available Bandsaw

994 days ago by Hoosierwoodcraft | 3 comments »

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...

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Part 2: George Nakashima, Modern Craftsman

984 days ago by Hoosierwoodcraft | 6 comments »

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

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Part 3: Elias Atkins Saws

934 days ago by Hoosierwoodcraft | 3 comments »

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

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Part 4: Bily Brothers Scrollsaw

822 days ago by Hoosierwoodcraft | 1 comment »

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

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Part 5: Thomas Day, Cabinet Maker

792 days ago by Hoosierwoodcraft | 4 comments »

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

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Part 6: Morton Converse, wooden toy manufacturer

759 days ago by Hoosierwoodcraft | 4 comments »

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.

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Part 7: James Krenov, Cabinet-Maker

703 days ago by Hoosierwoodcraft | 5 comments »

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

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Part 8: Pear Wood - Woodworker's Delight

668 days ago by Hoosierwoodcraft | 2 comments »

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

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Part 9: Orren Haskin, Shaker Woodworker

612 days ago by Hoosierwoodcraft | 1 comment »

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

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Part 10: A Tear for the Cooper Trade

575 days ago by Hoosierwoodcraft | 5 comments »

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

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Part 11: Oshkosh Woodworker Strike

548 days ago by Hoosierwoodcraft | 4 comments »

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...

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Part 12: Tribute to Nora Hall

488 days ago by Hoosierwoodcraft | 4 comments »

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.

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Part 13: John Townsend, Colonial Cabinets of Newport

458 days ago by Hoosierwoodcraft | 2 comments »

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

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Part 14: Antonio Stradivari and his woodworking skills

401 days ago by Hoosierwoodcraft | 1 comment »

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

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Part 15: Revenge of the Wood Spirit (animation)

374 days ago by Hoosierwoodcraft | 2 comments »

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...

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Part 16: J.D. Fosdick, Father of Wood Burning

352 days ago by Hoosierwoodcraft | 0 comments »

The video was re-posted at http://vimeo.com/73477234

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Part 17: Thomas Molesworth, Father of Western Furniture

311 days ago by Hoosierwoodcraft | 1 comment »

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

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Part 18: Video Tribute to Charles Eames

241 days ago by Hoosierwoodcraft | 4 comments »

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 YouTube video can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmGJJW63YSY

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Part 19: Norway's Medieval Timber Framers

178 days ago by Hoosierwoodcraft | 4 comments »

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

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Part 20: Showers Brothers Furniture Company

141 days ago by Hoosierwoodcraft | 3 comments »

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

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Part 21: Video Tribute to Edward Barnsley, Arts and Craft Furiture

52 days ago by Hoosierwoodcraft | 2 comments »

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

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Part 22: Historic Woodworker Tribute to Unkei, Japanese Carver

640 days ago by Hoosierwoodcraft | 0 comments »

Reposted the video at http://vimeo.com/46155832

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Part 23: Wharton Esherick's Woodcuts

2 days ago by Hoosierwoodcraft | 1 comment »

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.

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