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Blog series by Hoosierwoodcraft updated 11-27-2014 12:45 AM 26 parts 58990 reads 68 comments total

Part 1: Paul Prybil, First Commerically Available Bandsaw

07-30-2011 11:11 PM 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

08-10-2011 12:57 PM 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

09-29-2011 02:15 PM 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

01-19-2012 04:04 PM 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

02-18-2012 02:14 PM 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

03-22-2012 02:17 PM 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

05-17-2012 02:03 PM 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

06-21-2012 01:07 PM 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

08-16-2012 05:58 PM 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

09-22-2012 04:13 PM 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

10-19-2012 02:06 PM 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

12-18-2012 01:52 PM 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

01-17-2013 01:53 PM 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

03-15-2013 04:40 AM 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)

04-11-2013 08:52 PM 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

05-03-2013 06:02 PM 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

06-13-2013 04:06 PM 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

08-22-2013 06:20 PM 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

10-24-2013 07:40 PM 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

11-29-2013 09:46 PM 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

02-27-2014 09:09 PM 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

07-19-2012 02:44 PM by Hoosierwoodcraft | 0 comments »

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

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Part 23: Wharton Esherick's Woodcuts

04-18-2014 10:36 AM by Hoosierwoodcraft | 2 comments »

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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Part 24: Thomas Chippendale's Woodworking Lessons

06-27-2014 07:37 AM by Hoosierwoodcraft | 1 comment »

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

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Part 25: Black Forest Wood Carvers

08-07-2014 08:12 PM by Hoosierwoodcraft | 3 comments »

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

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Part 26: Tilman Riemenschneider, German Medieval Sculptor

11-27-2014 12:45 AM by Hoosierwoodcraft | 1 comment »

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...

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