So many times when we have something to do, the attitude in which we approach it can really affect the whole process. In looking ahead to the job of creating 300 pattern kits that I have in front of me, to some it may seem like a massive chore. I understand and respect that, because I realize that all people don’t have the passion in their hearts that I do regarding woodworking and my job. While production work may seem mundane to some, to me it has its virtues. I look at the tas...
So, here we go.This will be the final chapter to this series.When we left off the paddle blade and shaft were somewhere between roughed and semi finished.The next step is a little slower. At least for me it is.The handgrip.Excuse the poor photography, but here is what were starting with for the handgrip. You get the idea. We’re starting with just a roughsawn blank.I think if I had been a little slower and used just a little more care at the bandsaw stage, then I wouldn’t have s...
So for this installment we’ll rough and semi finish the shaft and semi finish the blade.So I turned the blade over and roughed that side out. You see in the next shot that again the centreline on the face of the blade is still there. The focus in this next shot is a little blurry but hopefully you get the idea. It’s an end view of the blade. You see that the crossection is sort of diamond shaped. You’ll also notice that mine is a little off, but I can fix that later as...
I’ve started designing my router table that I plan to build. The idea is a conglomeration of other router tables I’ve seen. Overall dimensions are 35” wide, 35” high, 22” deep. Tabletop will be 37 1/2” x 24 1/2”. The 2D figure in the model is roughly 5’ 11” (my height) Construction will be out of 3/4” birch plywood. Face frames and tabletop edge banding in something solid like maple or walnut. Table top will be 3/4” MDF o...
Well, this is such a great and giving site, I thought I should contribute a little. So here you go. There’s still plenty of snow out on the lake but we’re only about 6 weeks away from open water on the lake and rivers around here. I’ve made a few paddles in the past, and this is how I make them. Nothing too fancy here, mostly handtools and lots of sweat. This is a very satisfying project, and it’s really not too difficult. There are no mating parts, no dovetail, no ...
I had a pretty productive day yesterday. Among other things, I finished up painting my samples of the little witches’ boots. I now have all twelve done and today I will be creating the pattern packet and doing the ‘good photography’ on them. I did take some quick snapshots this morning so I have something to show you all. Here are the pictures of them for now: I didn’t set the light box up or anything like that so the coloring isn’t quite right, bu...
Thinking ahead is something that we do on a daily basis. several times a day. From the time we wake up, most of us begin to organize our days in our minds without much conscious thinking. For many people, the planning begins early, with that first cup of coffee. From choosing breakfast to deciding what we will have for supper and everything in between, we plan the short term activities that fill up our day. Then there are the long term plans. (When will I do my taxes? When will I begi...
I sometimes wonder if it is legal to have so much fun! I have had some really incredible days and there seems to be no end in sight. There is such a wide world of creative things to do that seeing each one come to life is just one thrill after another. Keith has been no slouch either. I see what he has come up with in his designing and I think he gets better every day. It is nice to know that you have a partner with so much talent. What is good is that we both enjoy different types of...
This has to be the most amazing woodworking documentary I have ever seen. At every step, he does something I would never have thought of. This documentary shows how a canoe is built the old way. César Newashish, a 67-year-old Attikamek of the Manawan Reserve north of Montreal, uses only birchbark, cedar splints, spruce roots and gum. Building a canoe solely from the materials that the forest provides may become a lost art, even among the Native peoples whose traditional craft it is. Th...
Yesterday turned out to be a really good day. It was one of those days that was somewhat quiet and I stayed focused and made good progress on my project. I tidied up the house a bit and then I spent some time refining some of the drawings. When I draw on the computer, I do so at 600% or more and sometimes what I am drawing comes out a bit more detailed than I want. I usually know what limitations that I have when scrolling even if things are magnified quite a bit. I forget about it some...
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