In Pete Dexter’s book Deadwood, Wild Bill Hickok’s partner, Charley Utter, is thinking to himself, “He liked having a drawer, it was a neatness you could see just sliding it open.” Making drawers requires a precision and calm missing from some other jobs around the shop. Cleaning out the dust collector comes to mind. Or hand planing some misbegotten wood like a rowed grain khaya. Drawer building on the other hand needs careful measuring, straight parts, and clear thinking to do a good job....
A Web Of Connections You never know the connections that might be made from being in a show, exhibition, or getting published. It seems like it is never is a straight line in arriving to that point nor where you may go from there. It is more like a spider web of connections and interconnections. Since being included in the fine woodworking exhibition at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, I have all sorts of emails and contacts that have come my direction. One of them was from the exe...
Hello Readers! Well here it is, blog number 2 on Shades of Grain and I am already dying to show off a gift I made for my wife… The problem is, it is a Christmas gift, and she has been awfully sneaky as well as trying to guess what it is I might have made for her. The issue is that my posts end up on Facebook and she travails that site as well… so I am trapped for another 21 days, and its my own doing. It is complete, I can say that much and it came out like a dream! I do hav...
Good Morning Everyone. Some of you may know me from my blog series: Pallet Craft. Well I would like to thank those that have read and continue to read my blog series on crafting with pallet wood. While I am not done with that, I have reached a transition in my hobby for wood working. I have been trying to learn as much as possible about woodworking while using pallets as my medium (green, cheap, and interestingly fun), but I have recently purchased lumber for a Christmas project and I a...
Hey Guys! Since my last post about showing in the fine woodworking exhibition with my Frank Lloyd Wright inspired prairie chandelier, the Museum of the Rockies has posted the artists’ audio interviews online. You will find them at the Museum of the Rockies website. To hear an artist’s audio recording, just click on their name. Each person tells a little about themselves and the work they have on display. Here is a list of the artists I am showing with at the Museum of...
Hey guys, I really should be out in the shop right now, I am waaay behind on my project. But I need to let you guys know that everyone is invited to the opening night of a Fine Woodworking Exhibition at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, MT. I will be there as I am participating in the exhibition with a new version of my prairie chandeliers. The Opening Schedule: Here is the opening show schedule: Friday, Oct 26th: 5pm Artisans’ Reception Saturday, Oct 27th: 11a.m.-2p....
I made a Roubo Workbench three years ago and blooged the build at www.finewoodworking.com. I thought it might be fun to see how the bench looks three years later. Here’s the link. http://mvflaim.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/roubo-workbench-three-year-later/
Fine Woodworking on David Letterman? Sort of. Some of you might recall a visit Fine Woodworking editor Asa Christiana and I made to the Martha Stewart Show last winter. We were there to take part in a special episode dedicated exclusively to woodworking. It just so happened that Parks & Recreation co-star Nick Offerman was also appearing on the show that day and met up with Asa backstage after the show. Nick is a pretty serious woodworker, pro actually, who specializes in slab tabl...
This afternoon I emerged from the shop here at Fine Woodworking after having put together a pretty neat little picture framing jig. It’s designed for cutting precise miters and perfectly matching picture frame sides (meaning it has a stop block set-up meant to cut pairs of picture frame sides to precisely the same length). It’ll be featured in an upcoming video workshop I’m going to be shooting later this month on picture frame moldings and frame assembly. Anyhow, I digress....
Last year, on a whim, I submitted a few my pieces to Fine Woodworking Magazine for a new feature with Hank Gilpin. I just received my complimentary issue of FWW #214 (October 2010), and yep, that’s me getting my Jewelry Armoire design ripped to shreds on page 64. :-)) Yeah, sure, it is never much fun getting your work critically critiqued, but if you can swallow that medicine, then you have a fantastic opportunity to improve. In fact, one of the reasons I took on the Jewelry Armoi...
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