My bread and butter comes from installing cabinetry for the construction industry. So when my buddy borrowed a pin nailer from the stair guy…I just had to have one. I beat him down to the local (now out of business) lumber yard. They catered to woodworkers so they actually had one in stock. Only one and I loved beating him to it! It was a Senco FinishPro. They came with an extra piston which ment trouble to me but what a great tool. They shoot a small 23 gauge “nail”. Which ...
Most of time when I’m going to start a new project. The first thing I do is search for pictures of the item I plan to build. When I finally find something that satisfies me, I aways like to modify the plan to my own taste. I toss the plan around inside my head for awhile. Then I haul out my drawing tools, & put it down on paper. I’ve found out that giving the plan some thought first, saves me a lot of erasing. It’s much easier to make a change when it’s still in yo...
So my little girl (almost 4!) mentioned tonight (for the umpteenth time) that she “wants to be a builder,” this time adding “just like my daddy” (which, technically I’m not.) So my wife countered, “What does daddy build?” “Creches” Interesting she said that, considering I delivered this one (and only) a week before Thanksgiving, and haven’t talked about it since. We took a drive this evening, first to hear (Grammy nom...
Lost In The Wood: ....and so just where does it all end and whose ruler are you using when you define beginning? The wood that is around me is the wood that engulfs me, as I must at some point determine whether I will establish a border of my own making, or shall I just give way and let the wood have the final say. I have often thought of the how and what did I do, to become the way I am. I am a labyrinth of many possibilities, as I live out my day from rising up to laying down. As I...
Workers of Wood I have a woodworking friend who once related to me this story and though I am taking no sides…. as there is no right or wrong, I think this story says a lot. After telling me the story, we both were laughing since we both saw ourselves at the extreme opposite ends of the story, one a worker of wood using machines and the other using hand tools. See if you can see where you fit in and then laugh. My friend and his wife were visiting a couple for the evening and as t...
In my last post I mentioned I just brewed up a batch of beer. (Stout if your keeping score.) Today was a busy, yet productive day for me on the creative front in the kitchen as well as the shop. On the non-woodworking side, I brewed up a nice (I hope) batch of Pale Ale, as well as an Apple Ale (not cider, but rather a beer with apple juice replacing some of the water and sugar in the recipe). The latter, along with the stout (which will be ready for testing this weekend) will work well in ...
Workers of Working Wood ....landscapes are the muti-colored pigments of an imagination gone wild after having escaped the drinking bouts between i and self caused by too much thinking…. —-and so i ran wild, chaotic tumbling head over heels into the forest and amongst the trees, my familiar friends, i once again sat, ....’peace’ comes quickly here along with ‘patience’ and finding me as upset, these two dear sisters wipe the tears from my eyes as they ...
The Three L’s of Wood ....’learning wood’ was the full-fill-ment of a need to support myself, ‘loving wood’ is the passion before me as I follow your in-grained beauty and all the while I am ‘living wood’ as one now lost within the artistic expression of the image before me…. ....and so slowly, evermore slowly now of late the old timer arose from the barn floor amidst the curled wood shavings that lay sprawled all around him. It seemed to ...
This time of year is always a lot of fun for me. First there is the birthday of Jesus, and then the decorations, the kid’s excitment, the food, the gifts, and the family reunions. Also, this time always involves orders for Christmas presents. These projects are usually small, around $100-$200 a piece, and come fast and furious. I enjoy scrimshaw artwork, and this year I am doing a Wolf on a knife handle, and a Black Labrador Dog on a walking cane handle. I am doing some carving f...
Elysian Wood Nuts Well as I am sitting here writing this, I am looking outside to our first snowfall of the season and although this one doesn’t amount to much and will soon be gone, I am giving thanks. Thanks that all my elysian wood nuts’ are in and stored up for our three wood stoves. We have a wood stove in the kitchen, sunroom/sitting room and then in our living room there is the one I call, ‘the beast’, who sits only to consume food in his belly. For all hi...
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