This dirty, heavy unidentified board had been kicking around for some years.. ..imagine my delight when I ran a plane over it and found this lovely lacewood: I scaled up from a photograph of a Moog lap steel. Imitation is, after all...
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Location: Holderness in the East Riding of Yorkshire
My first recollection of working in wood dates from when I was around 8 years old. I made one of those guns from L shaped pieces of wood and rubber bands cut from a bicycle inner tube. It shot dried peas but was confiscated as soon as my folks saw it. Oh dear.
Then at high school I thoroughly enjoyed the woodwork course. I still have the bookstand, tea-tray and coffee table I made between the ages of 11 and 16. Other stuff has disappeared.
Much of what I did until about 1997 was household DIY. It was only when I was forced to take early retirement (not a great deal of forcing was necessary) that I found the opportunity, time and money to set up my workshop. I had ideas about joining the Craft Fair circuit in and around Yorkshire with a range of small wooden boxes, as I’d recognised that virtually the only wooden items being offered were turned goods. But as soon as my extended family realised what I could do with a chunk of old tree, there became a constant demand for ‘can-you-just’ jobs. Those jobs forced me to develop my skills to a great degree, but, as my step-daughter told me: “A 7 foot oak kitchen dresser is just a lot of boxes isn’t it?” I suppose that’s right.
And I don’t miss the need to have stuff ready for fairs, and the loading, unloading and selling. And so on. As it is, I can go into the workshop when I feel like it. No pressure. Life's good.
-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems
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Fine tuning the tail veneer & cutting dinky little mitres on the purflings. A nice piece of maple recycled from a shop fitting will do nicely for the fretboard. I Googled and then printed off a full size pattern for the frets. Attached it...
I did say that things would slow down! This stage, for me, has been the most difficult so far. The books I’m following recommended gluing the purfling to the binding before bending them together on the bending iron. I found that to be d...
Postings will slow down somewhat now. This is what I did today. On the router table, trimmed off the overhang on the back of the guitar. Marking out and cutting out for the end-seam inlay strip: I’m using a piece of quilted...
Take a long look at your sculpture Stewart; it’s the last you will see of it! Spread the Titebond. Not too much; we don’t want a mess inside there. In the Shaker tradition, even though we can’t see it, The Almighty can. ...