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Exercises in Artisanship #6: Handle finale!

828 days ago 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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Exercises in Artisanship #5: Handles, auctions, and progress

836 days ago by jjw5858 | 7 comments »

Well folks a little more progress slowly coming into form on the maple handle design. Once more continuing to go about my shop efforts in a relaxed yet challenging pace. Shorter creative bursts giving forth an hour here or even a half hour there. I seem to leave the shop more satisfied knowing a more quality effort is being put into it all. The learning is actually becoming more than the old 3 hours straight and making various things with a mind almost in total fast forward mode with tools...

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Exercises in Artisanship #4: New designs, challenges and styles to find!

837 days ago by jjw5858 | 6 comments »

Hey friends, hope all is well. Thought I would post the latest shop endeavour….making a new handle design with this maple stock! Not sure if everyone caught the final to the last handle project so here is the link for that: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/64100 My objective for the first project was to stay conservative while still taking some chances. As I finished the project I was very happy with the outcome and still honest with myself about what I can improve on in the future...

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Exercises in Artisanship #3: Making a saw handle PART 3

844 days ago by jjw5858 | 10 comments »

Hi once again friends hope this Monday has been treating you well. I thought it might be time to add my third installment of my latest blog and project “Making a saw handle” and I hope you have all enjoyed this mini-series as much as I have in building and posting the progress. As I have gone on with this build some mistakes were made. I expected greater miscues than I got keeping in mind this is only a first full out attempt at making, fitting and using a handsaw handle…...

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The saw that almost got thrown away

848 days ago by jjw5858 | 11 comments »

Well there I was walking down each outdoor lane of auction tables…not much on this day I was afraid. A few rusted junked brace and bits…ahhh…..gotta pass….got too many as it is…lol, another old beaten down plastic handle handplane…I can live without that…lol, finally in the corner of my eye..what is this??? Well…. the closer my focus the sad reality of two old disston saws..USA’s…not old as in collectable…but old as in ugly ...

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

849 days ago 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 #1: Making a saw handle PART 1

851 days ago 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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Exercises in artisanship

856 days ago by jjw5858 | 8 comments »

I have learned in my journey of working wood many things about the tools, the different techniques etc., etc., most of all I have learned many things about being me. One of the most recent discoveries was uncovering a bad habit of beginning to create in such a rushed pace, almost scurrying about getting involved in more than one project at a time. Before one idea was completed two more had already blossomed until they all began moving into one another. The end result was starting to become...

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Saving a saw and Surfin' tha kerf!

863 days ago by jjw5858 | 3 comments »

Hey everyone, thanks for all of the interested comments on my last blog of my hand saw cleanup (Grandfathers Disston Rancher rebirth) http://lumberjocks.com/jjw5858/blog This time it was the last of his two saws…his Red Diamond crosscut! Man, did this deal need some serious elbow grease…..indeed….lol Red Diamond from what little I know was a spin off of Sears craftsmen tools?...My Grandfather was given a tool kit that included various things such as a Jack Plane, Cross...

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Birchbark Canoe made by an original master

906 days ago by daltxguy | 5 comments »

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. C├ęsar 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...

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