So I’ve pretty much disappeared from this site for quite some time, pretty much all the other ones as well. I’ve been spending a lot of time working on/researching and testing different theories on tool making. One of the first steps I started down was chisel handles and I spent a lot of the last year and a half working out processes for wood stabilization and turning of handles. Wood stabilization has a rich history, the most modern practice – and the one I’ve ...
HEY ALL MY BUDDIES OUT THERE ON LJs, JUST PICTED UP THIS MAPLE FROM THE COAST. IT IS 6500 LBS AND MY TRAILER IS SCREEMING AT ME. 20’ X 50” AT THE WIDEST PART. WOW! I WILL BE POSTING PICTURE OF THE SLABS! Check out my HOWS THIS FOR A TRAILER LOAD 2! THE INSIDE.
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #447: Lots of Stories - It Was a Busy Day!
Well, I can’t wait to get at things today. There is so much to do and it seems like so little time to do it. I don’t feel stressed at all though, only exhilarated. It is the good kind of busy that people like me strive for, and depending on how things go, the next few weeks should be quite productive. I always seem to have stories to tell and today isn’t any different. Although yesterday started out simple enough, the day brought with it some interesting things that m...
I recently started a Sawmill business www.greenwoodmilling.comWe collect urban trees that have fallen or are to be removed and repurpose those into lumber and furniture.check us out and feel free to comment. SincerelyAttie Jonker
After a day of wondering and anticipation, we were fortunate to not be highly affected by the hurricane. We did get some rain, and it was quite windy throughout the night, but overall we did fine. We never lost power and this morning the sun is shining in a cloudless sky and even though it is a bit breezy, it finally cooled down to a comfortable level. Yesterday was quite sticky and warm – something we are not well equip to deal with here in Nova Scotia. Few people have air condit...
I am going to make this a bit short today, because I am on a roll. Hopefully by tomorrow, I will have some pictures to post here. It feels great to be back in the production mode again. Even though it always seems like I am doing something, there is a nice difference to see actual results at the end of the day. We all know that there are different types of work and even though the unseen work is necessary, every once in a while it is good to see some actual results of a busy day. I s...
I must start by saying that yesterday was a very productive day. I actually made a great deal of progress in my drawings and I am happy with the results so far. As usual, I am not as far as I anticipated, but I think that I will deal with only thing at a time for now. The important thing is that the designs look nice and that people are able to cut them. I am working on a set of songbird ornaments that are really quite cool. I suppose that they could be used for Christmas, but they cou...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #442: Challenge of the Day - Self-Discipline
After what seems like a very long time, it is good to be back to doing some drawing again. It hasn’t been that I haven’t had ideas, but more because there just seems like so many other things get in the way. I look back on my own productivity and wonder if I should be more disciplined in what I am doing. Sometimes I think that is the answer, but then there are other times when I know that the other stuff that I do is necessary also to keep things running smoothly and everyone h...
Sometimes the unexpected things in life are the best. The other day we were taking our morning walk. It was one of the first times we walked in the wood behind us in a couple of months because it has been quite muddy and rainy here. However, on Tuesday the sun was bright and warm and it was really a nice hike. Like most days when we walk, we talk about our upcoming projects and deadlines. With all the directions that my partner and I are on, there always seems to be something due. It ...
Well what a great day yesterday turned out to be! I spent most of the day working on drawing up the pattern for the commission job that I am doing. It was one of those days where once I got rolling, I really enjoyed what I was doing and the day just seemed to fly by. Once I was clear on what was expected, doing the actual drawing was a pleasure and by dinner time I was able to send my client some sample drawings for his approval before I added the final touches. I was happy to receive ...
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