We are in the midst of a snowy weekend here in Nova Scotia. Yesterday morning I woke up to about six inches of snow, and throughout the day we had several more fall. When we drove downtown to do our errands and go to the gym, there were times when you could barely see more than a few feet in front of you. The main road runs along the ocean and the fierce wind was blowing the snow and causing ‘white out’ conditions. It was certainly slow driving. Upon seeing this, we decided to ...
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I awoke this morning to several inches of freshly fallen snow, and it is still coming down as I write here this morning. While we have had an inch here or there in the past couple of weeks, this is the first significant snowfall of the year. In checking on Facebook, there were announcements that all the area schools are closed, as we are supposed to get more snow throughout the day. Then on Sunday a larger storm is supposed to arrive. They are calling for up to 30 cm in addition to what has ...
I sure appreciate all the feedback from my first shop blog. It does my heart well that some of you are encouraged or inspired by my shop and my work. It got me thinking about this past year on Lumberjocks. Like a lot of folks, I starting surfing this place because there are some awesome craftsman on here who had answers to my questions. But something else happened. I couldn’t help but notice that there are a lot of novice woodworkers whom I related to as well. LJs if full of newbies ...
Woodworking seems to be the process of obtaining lumber taking it to my shop and converting it to smaller pieces of wood. I have a pile of small pieces of beautiful wood that I don’t want to throw away because of their perfection and because they may come in handy for some future project. They perfectly clear and straight. And they do come in handy. But I seem to add to the pile more than I take away. And eventually I have to cull it. These pieces make a great fire in the living room...
A week ago I had to take a nap every afternoon and spent much of my day sitting on my butt reading, watching TV and surfing the net. Zero energy had become my new normal. Oh, I had a legitimate excuse, ”Well, I have cancer. What do you expect?” Then my wife bought me a miter saw and suggested woodworking. Wow! I never would have thought this would have a such a fast positive effect on my energy and mental well being! I joined LJ, got some great advice right away, and some very enc...
I am going to have to write quickly today because I must admit that I am running a bit behind today. There is so much to accomplish and the hours and minutes are just relentless. We have had a couple of exciting days here. Besides all of the things that I have to finish up for getting out in the mail, I had a couple of wood orders to make (that is GOOD!) and got them finished and sent. I was just settling down to work on my own Christmas gifts when I saw something on my Facebook news fe...
What do you think they’re building? There are craftsmen…and there are Craftsmen !! The Morgan Motor Company located in Britain doesn’t change in a changing world. Not only is it still independent, but it also makes each car by hand. A base model is about $44,000, with some cars costing up to $300,000. People wait for over a year to get their exclusive hand-built cars with the shell made out of metal a...
This is a vintage Rockwell Delta Table Saw Jointer Combo, well, at least it was… the original jointer was sold and the owner kept the Magna jointer. So I re-assembled them anyway into the original configuration. Table Saw Jointer Here are the after pictures Table Saw Jointer Combo Once...
A friend of mine sent this to me – thought I would pass it along. Using your skills and time to give back.. http://www.kcci.com/news/central-iowa/this-is-iowa-woodworker-turns-garage-into-santas-workshop/-/9357080/23405948/-/r0gq8wz/-/index.html Lyle Barkley creates 2,500 wood toys every year for an Iowa Children’s hospital.
These past several weeks have been passing by like a whirlwind. There have been several deadlines to meet and that alone seems to have made time pass quickly. I usually find myself wondering where the day has gone somewhere around 4pm when dusk starts to settle in. So many people don’t like the winter months. They don’t like the darkness, which makes the days appear even shorter. They don’t like the cold or the snow and ice. They don’t like the cloudy bleakness tha...
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