While I’ve certainly been excited to try something new for this, and while I’m running out of time, I still might be able to do something great… something really mixed media. Something new, untried and untested (wouldn’t be the first time in a contest setting! – steam bent 2x4 anyone?) Then it occurred to me, I have a backlog of recycled projects already: Salvaged decking, railings, spindles and found lumber on the beach already transformed – That mi...
I was struck with inspiration for the piece I found with a hole in it. What purpose the not round hole served in a piece of quartersawn pine served I can only imagine, certainly not the byproduct of modern wiring. I also decided I’d take a page out of Yorkshire Stewarts book, and let the piece dictate it’s own rules. This called for only using wood and nails found in this salvage pile… and out of a desire to not take this potentially mold and bug infested wood into the sh...
I’ve been very excited about this particular contest. Making things out of other things, and granting things a new life has always appealed to me. I’ve got a bunch of wooden relics and artifacts in the basement and attic awaiting inspiration. I also have a bunch of junk in the attic. – well I wouldn’t call it junk, it’s too good to throw away, but I sure wouldn’t be heartbroken if it was lost in a fire or whatever. I had a few ideas for this contest, but...
Reflections on Beavers and Trees Out here in the woods, I am part of a whole picture where what happens with wood….also happens to all involved with wood, plus those un-in-volved with wood….hmmm, are any who are really non-existent from wood? Can a worker of wood be selfish and think that it’s all about wood and that all else will just have to take care of them-selves. Well the answer is yes and no, one can be selfish and think only of their needs when going for wood, but...
Well…day 2 proved to be much slower then we hoped and we only got the 2nd and 3rd rows finished…but then this morning we got off to an earlier start and completed rows 4 and 5…and it is all level… I asked my step-son Isaac (who has been awesome working with me the last two days) to appease me when we finished with the piers…the appeasement was taking some of the deck boards to set up on top and see how they look…and check level with the actual boardsR...
So now we have to take a look at tools. There are LOTS and LOTS of tools to look at. But the three most important are the zoom, orbit and pan tools. It seems that their importance are in that order. Again, I’ve definitely discovered that if you don’t have a mouse you better get one. You can do everything with your keyboard and cursor – but you’ll save yourself a whole bunch of aggravation by getting a good mouse. Moving the scroll wheel back and forth zooms in an...
Today was another productive day, as my friend was able to help again. We put up the rest of the wall sections and also made the front peice, allowing for a 6’ double door opening. Then we secured the walls to the base and to each other, using screws. We then moved onto the matter which is the roof, we started off by creating two turnkeys out of some scrap. We attached them at each end of the shop using clamps and screws. The ridge beam was only 16’ long so we had to join two of t...
Glamdring and The Chainsaw Milling of Pine ....and so twas on one of my visits into the deep woods, that i heard the tales of this sword beater called glamdring,for in the presence of trees and all that speaks of wood,i first was made aware of the weaponsmith’s of gondolin…. —-these were//are they who first learned the lineage of steel,and how to work the metals needed to hold an edge in wood,were as the times of woodworking continue in the landscape here, i sought...
I have not been out of the shop for a couple of days and I had a little mishap on Friday while staining the deck. 99.9% of the time when I am outdoors I am wearing coveralls . . . what I wear underneath is determined by other factors. :-) On Friday I said to myself “self, why not get some sun on your white skin and vitamin D into your system” . . . “I said sure, why not.” For the 2 hours outside in the sunshine I wore a pair of trunks. Well . . . my entire back, one thigh and both forearm...
So seeing how woodworking is largely based on problem solving I tought I would post this to show you a recent problem that I had to solve. When I was routing the edge of one of my bent laminations I accidently nicked the sides leaving a nasty gouge. My heart sank thinking how much time and money I have invested in these laminations so far. Knowing that if I replace one lamination I would have to replace both since that they are matched from the same flitch of veneer and I would seriously ea...
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