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Exercises in Artisanship #6: Handle finale!

04-18-2012 11:16 PM by jjw5858 | 8 comments »

Hey gang hope this week is treating you well so far,,,hey you usually know by Wednesday….lol Finally got some more time out in the shop to learn more ins and outs of this handle build. As I finished this piece up I was happy that I went my own path….that I used a road less traveled in the design and approach to this project. Wether it is enjoyed by some or maybe even upsetting to some traditionalists or collectors….I think it’s great to stretch out the wings of p...

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The old time woodshop journals #4: Sawdust sunday temple (Always stop and listen to the bells)

05-20-2012 08:26 PM by jjw5858 | 8 comments »

This morning was a sunny and clear day out…....the kind of day that actually fit the season. Our earth is ever changing, it seems these days people all over the map are in store for surprises from mother nature, some scary and some just plain hard to figure out…lol. I was driving in my truck…it was crazy out, cars all over, people hustling and racing everywhere. It’s so hard not to find yourself becoming the same way…. impatient, hurried and a bit stressed. ...

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The old time woodshop journals #10: 3 dollars, 3 classic braces

06-23-2012 07:42 PM by jjw5858 | 8 comments »

It was a humid mid morning…...I mean so humid that most of the outside auction tables were packing things up to head back home from all the uncomforable temperatures and lack of sales. As soon as we exited the truck my Father and I felt as if we were going into a suana, the small breezes were even warm….not the best weather for an energy filled pick…lol A few tables up on the left there were two very beat down and rusty braces on a table of assorted junk, I picked them up...

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Exercises in Artisanship #16: Old fashioned tool tote Part 4

06-07-2012 10:53 PM by jjw5858 | 8 comments »

Well friends the day has finally arrived….where I am going to have a decent spot to either carry or hold my stanely chisels….lol. I have had these chisels on one table or another realizing that they needed a proper home in the shop. I thought since I was putting together this traveling tool tote of carpentry instruments….chisels would be well in order for many a task…....so I took a creative chance on making a space for them! Along with that I thought why not a hand...

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Exercises in Artisanship #1: Making a saw handle PART 1

03-26-2012 10:01 PM by jjw5858 | 8 comments »

I thought it might be an interesting idea to make Exercises in Artisanship a blog series! I want to thank the interest in the initial blog of the series title http://lumberjocks.com/jjw5858/blog/29038, glad some of you enjoyed it. Special thanks to Brit (Andy) for the kind props. This time I went back to the drawing board…literally…lol. I Sketched through a few more ideas to make a final useable handle that will be executed in a slab of maple. I spent time enjoying the exper...

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The old time woodshop journals #15: Mr. Ludwigs key and the log cabin

07-24-2012 10:43 PM by jjw5858 | 8 comments »

I always find it amazing that no matter what we plan on any given road in our lifetime there are no guarantees of where you will be or how it will work out…. only that you are here right now and alive. Finding the old angled key dowel the other day from that old trestle table (to help work on my table) woke up some thoughts and visions of many years gone by. I decided to get into my truck soon after that feeling with camera in pocket and take a few snapshots of the cabin where I r...

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Another New Fangled Workbench #4: "...doing all that planing."

05-06-2008 03:41 AM by MichaelW | 8 comments »

I am dedicating this installment to GaryK’s comment from a previous entry. Gary this picture is for you: In addition to these three bags of shavings, there were a several more that either were added to the compost or made spectacular fireplace starter on some recent colder rainy nights. The three planes pictured below were my workhorses, the scrub in the top most position, no. 5 in the middle, and smooth at the bottom. In the course of all this planing, I am finding the ergo...

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Exercises in Artisanship #2: Making a saw handle PART 2

03-28-2012 08:15 PM by jjw5858 | 8 comments »

Hey friends, thank you for taking the time to read part one of this blog series, I hope you may enjoy the second installment of this series as well. This process has been as I expected more of a challenge in Maple…lol. But I realized it provided me the chance to have a stronger handle and learn more about how to work with this particular species. My entire working process has in many ways changed in the last few weeks. For one thing I now find it more focusing to stop after a new ...

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Exercises in Artisanship #28: The spoon makers tote! Part Two

09-27-2012 09:51 PM by jjw5858 | 8 comments »

Well I could say that my blog of this tote project would be fairly bogus if I was not up for sharing my trials and tribulations as well as the nice stuff…lol. My dovetailing experience on this job went very rhythmic. With my accuracy and approach I could see the improvements. My work needed some additional paring and cleanup as well as a few gaps always for inspiring more practice, but the entire program was highly enjoyable and really encouraging. Then…....lol (you just know ...

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Exercises in Artisanship #33: Exercises in Artisanship #32: The Woodrights Galoot library Part 4

11-19-2012 11:06 PM by jjw5858 | 7 comments »

The temperatures here are starting to show us some fall weather finally. Things in the air seem somewhat regulated which I prefer for working in my unheated shop. A steady 45-55 degrees makes me enjoy the heavier work more wether it’s sawing some big cherry pieces or hewing down stock for future wooden ware. I enjoy some of those certain days when the sun stays in more than not, it sort of provides me the feeling of wearing my favorite flannel shirt and heading off into that zone so many o...

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