Or perhaps the title should be, “Form Follows Tragedy”? Here is the initial chapter of the design and construction of a most challenging project. But why would anyone ever want or need to build such a thing? What follows is the documentation of a two year journey into pattern making, wood bending, form construction, curved veneering, trim inlay, creative joinery, jig design, and the ultimate victory of patience and stubbornness over a project that fought me every step of the ...
This is my first time using a Blog, so I’ll give it my best. Long ago I documented my work in the shop with pictorial essays (they are still on my website), but after a while started to realize that video would be more effective. I currently have something like 113 videos on my channel at YouTube (AndyPitts1000), mostly documenting single projects, but my series “Saturday in the Woodworking Shop” is a weekly ongoing monologue about what is going on here. Please feel free to ...
After seeing a few of my other veneer works, I was approached to make a Red Sox wall hanging for someone to give as a gift. Seeing as how I am still looking for more experience on this marquetry kick I’m on, I decided to go for it. Now, I’m not a fan of Baseball period, so don’t let this logo make you think I’m a Red Sox fan. We decided on a rather large size of 24”x24” overall, which will be more beneficial to me for the small pieces that needed cutting...
I’m going to use this blog post for my wood species wish list for some recommended types especially useful for making scale furniture. I find that I source information on the internet and promptly forget it once I come across an opportunity to use it…)Anyone who knows a great source for any of these can feel free to chime in with a link or connection to any of these materials. I’m going to post them one by one as I source, use and then evaluate my scale experience with the...
This is a project from a Fine Woodworking article. Sept/Oct 2009 #207, page 70 by Garrett Hack. I am learning how to do inlay. So far I have found that sharp tools are a must. Good light with a magnifying glass are necessary for my relatively old eyes. This is small detail work. I started with a drawing to determine dimensions for an inlay on the top face of a table leg.After I was happy with the drawing, I carefully laid out the dimensions and cut the recess 1/8” deep. Most of the...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #583: A Day Without Communication - Making Lemonade from Lemons
So you all thought I took the day off? I suppose that you could say that, although it wasn’t a choice of mine. It seems that the black cat must have really put her spell on my on Friday the 13th after all. Around 8pm Friday night the unthinkable happened – my internet went down. All of a sudden, I was getting the dreaded “server not found” error on my screen. When Keith checked his computer, it was the same thing. We fiddled with our modem a while and then I de...
on my lathe, with no assistance. Well I finally got back to my lathe this week and decided to try my hand at a pen on my own. This one turned out pretty good. The pen is a standard 7mm slimline done in American Holly. I was able to turn another nice looking one out of Honeysuckle but when I went to put it together i shoved the mechanism in too far. Was not really happy with myself but, look forward to working with it again and doing plenty more. My two former projects for lathe work...
Lots of vegetable gardening done in the past couple of months, and it could not wait, so the harp building project had to wait a while. Finally last week I got back into it after 6 weeks of seldom working on it. Now it is almost done- but let me go back to where I left off in March.I had these beautiful abalone mother-of-pearl wings provided to me by a fine Lumberjock. She also did a great blog about how to do inlays, and that was very helpful to me. I didn’t follow instructions exactly...
“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” Edgar Allan Poe…American Writer, Poet, Editor (1809-1849) In this episode we are installing the decorative wood inlay bandings that we have created in the shop. The inlay bandings are going to be fit, cut, and installed into picture frames that are made from Camala, a Peruvian wood. Since we are doing production work it is important to have a convenient setup and in this i...
Let's Make Bandings of Wood Inlay #3: How to make Wood Inlay Bandings like the Buffard Freres of Paris
“Never underestimate the power of a single thought.” Ender Ilkay…(1966 – ) Salesman and Friend When I first saw these beautiful bandings I felt the excitement and the desire to learn similar to what I first felt when serving my woodworking apprenticeship. Obviously, these patterns are so remarkably unique. I thought to myself that these are truly great designs of highly trained craftsman who took the craft of woodworking to a much higher level. The Buffard Frere...
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