I’ve never blogged anything before, but I thought this might help me document where I’m at and keep organized. I thought it was also possible it might help some other beginning woodworkers looking to get started using hand tools. So here’s a little about how I got started in woodworking, why I’ve chosen to focus on hand tools, where I’m at so far, and maybe a little of my philosophy. First off I’d like to thank everyone here at Lumberjocks for their help an...
Hey gang, I hope this short video tutorial may fit anyones interest that would like to see some of the steps in spoon making with hand tools. Unfortunately I am my own camera operator so this will not include any action shots…lol. Please drop me a line if this is something that sparks an interest or was helpful in some way. If you found this first video blog enjoyable, then I may possibly do a few more on various projects in the shop. Or if you have a request on something you want...
I was having a rather cold and uninteresting time trying to draw up plans for my recent Country carving throne project so I set my feet to the woods for some pine that may allow me to create a piece to use in my shop. I knew just off the edge of the woods where I could fetch a pretty good chunk for a rustic bench to use for various tasks from sawing, hewing, etc. I needed to connect with some outdoor timber work, get the blood flowing (it was a cold day!) and have some challenges to try and m...
HelloIt is a lazy rainy Sunday and I am bored out of my mind. I am in between large projects and been cleaning up around the house and garage shop so I decided to do some small piddly things in the garage that have been sitting around… to avoid further cleaning up and get out of the way of my wife’s cleaning fit.I was reading Mr Lee’s(as in Lee Valley Tools) book on sharpening Saturday afternoon and read a passage about awls and diamond point cutters and how to sharpen th...
A side benefit to spending my weekends in the garage building my Roubo-ish workbench with mostly hand tools is that I’m losing weight! Bucking my usual winter trend. I wrote about it in my new blog here Excerpt: ”It’s not just the physical exertion and the sweat though, it’s about not going to the fridge (or pantry, or cellar, or that stash of Hershey Kisses in the toolbox). Woodworking, more-so with handtools, is a continual series of mental challenges that put me into a “zone...
Although I was glad to share my overall opinions and enjoyment of my journey north I thought it to be sort of empty of me if I forgot the man on the mountain. In past blog work you may have recalled a short mention of a man named Topper. Topper is Jenns dad and always supplying Jenn after a Thanksgiving or Christmas visit with some great cuts of hunted Venison to bring back for us to enjoy. I had never had the opportunity to actually go and meet him so this was a sure adventure to see j...
I have been commissioned to build a seven day pipe stand with a case of drawers by one of America’s foremost artisanal tobacco pipe makers. This is an intricate piece requiring many, many hours of planning joinery, considering wood movement to determine what wants to be solid and what wants to be veneered (using shop-made veneer nearly 1/8” thick), number of drawers and arrangement, secret compartment planning, and combinations of precious, extoic woods and local secondary specie...
Hey everyone, well I guess I was just plain not paying attention when posting my last blog explaining my rustic sassafras hiking stick and cherry spoon work. I totally forgot to add some pics in of these…lol. These would greatly add to the experience of my past Saturdays wood working session. So here they are! Pic 1: Some new fresh cherry ready for some spoon making! Pic 2: Roughed out blank ready for greater detail. Finished project can be found here: http://lumberjocks...
So my business of country spoon sloyd craft carries on. Forgive me if my tales on this exploration have become boring, I realize there is not a lot of joinery going on. I am closing in as I enter the words here for session 4 of 5 of this spoon blog and have really made some nice strides. My greatest findings have been using the soil I live on to adventure more deeply into the woods and come out with new species I have never worked with before such as Hickory, Black Walnut, and Black Locust...
I have entered an important stage creating these smaller more swedish styled spoons. That stage is simply practice and seeing if I can produce a sufficient rhythmic pattern by exercising more than one roughed result. It’s best to let a green wood piece dry for anywhere up to a few days to 2 weeks before doing any serious finishing work so I thought this to be a good time to keep the ideas flowing and hone on beginners skills. It’s surely an exercise of challenge and chance when axing down ...
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