A few days ago, a very dear friend and I went off to Dana Bay to visit another lumberjock. This enigmatic and remarkable fellow calls himself Toolchap. His workshop reminds me of my dad’s shop when I was young…. and the perennial quest...
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Location: Swellendam, South Africa
Hi. I have been woodworking for about 40 years and have recently retired to Swellendam in the Western Cape province of South Africa, where we bought an historic house built around 1810-1840. We are restoring the building at present. My interest lies in 18th and 19th century period British and American furniture. I am currently in the process of building and fitting out what I hope will be my best workshop.
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On Friday I finished all of the wood componentry for my Chevalet. Out here in Swellendam, it is a little difficult to find certain things such as light thin chain for the foot pedal clamp. I know I have brass chain somewhere in the shop, but just ...
When I told her that it is going to be a “Chevalet de Marqueterie”, she told me not to swear at her! I have managed a bit more progress yesterday and today, and to me it feels that it looks a little more like the thingy that I set o...
A great day in the shop today. Did my habitual Saturday morning chisel check, sharpen and hone and then settled down to finish the construction of the seat section. This I made entirely out of the air dried Blue Gum and I am getting more and more ...
Morning all. I have made a reasonable amount of progress on the various parts. Today’s job is the seat frame. This is made of locally grown air dried Blue Gum. Heavy wood! Below are a few more pics to bring the project up to date. I start...