I’ve spent the last three days in my workshop building another doggone chair. The second of two chairs I’ve built in the last four weeks. That makes six so far. It’s sort of like my church. I get lost in it and find myself completely relaxed, even though the work is hard. I seem to learn something new each and every time I build one, and each chair is unique, despite the fact that they are all made from the same pattern. Lord knows I don’t need any more chairs. It really doesn’t matt...
Neither crisis nor revelation, more like meditations…. “Before one considers whether the glass is half empty or half full, you should ask yourself ‘Do I want to even drink the beverage?’” – Me I have been giving much thought,lately, to the definitions of success as I enter (what I hope to be) my middle years. My company has been recently sold to an offshore company and I am starting to see the usual panic that naturally occurs when this happens. I wil...
Random thought: In turning, the closer you can cut the wood to the point of failure, without actually having it fail, the better the end result. Crotch, burl, spalt, scarring. All failures of the wood which weaken the log and potential board. But in turning, we take those failures, cut away the “good stuff” and get as close to the fail point as possible without it flying apart on the lathe. Can’t do that in furniture work, except for purely decorative areas like pan...
I am a person with many contradictory attributes. I am a computer analyst with an artistic side. While one part of me wants to let loose and go with my feelings, my more analytical side will keep me in check and anchor me the other way. I look at woodworking as a hobby and I also look at it as potentially a way of life. Depends on which side of my brain I wake up on in the morning. I make a pretty decent salary, am a home owner, pay child support, etc. So responsibilities take a good portion ...
My path to enlightenment appears to be rather random. LOL I am discovering the woodworkers path, and the sculptors path as well as architechs and others can be lumped into Art? Found and interview with Krenov. It was great, he was a true Lumberjock! Always called himself an amateur (sp?). A catagory he liked to be in. He talked about others who may have been more “well known” but differed from him. He may have enjoyed what they created but not their process in creating. Willi...
Well I just researched via “tags” the book forums and there are a few on LJ’s…but they are mostly regarding skills books—-which makes sense for wood workers… But recently I have been dreaming of building a boat…on a 5 year plan (if you look at my projects you will see I am not ready lol)...and so I have been getting lots of books at my local library…on boat building and other titles too… But one of the books that I picked up is not a...
There are loads more cool things about Wittgenstein. Since his family was minted, he chilled with so many of his generation’s elite—especially the artistic elite. I suppose one way of putting it would be that when you walk into the Neue Galerie on 5th Ave., you’re pretty much entering Wittgenstein’s world.For the better format of this post, click here. This painting by Klimt is of Wittgenstein’s sister, also known as Margaret Stonborough (1905). Wittgenstein...
As a woodturner, I have seen my work go from about being about to about being more complex. I don’t quite know what happened to make that change, but I just simply lost the interest (for now) in making simple things. I found it pretty funny, since I began turning for the exact opposite reason. I could go to the lathe and make something that was pretty nice (by my standards at that time) in an hour. I had started in woodworking via the traditional means of making furniture and box...
This is again a mirror of my Website blog, www.thewoodshepherd.wordpress.com, which I wanted to share with my Lumberjocks friends… One of the glorious things about being a woodworker today is our ability to be served by the Internet. Through this amazing channel of funneled electrons, we can blog and Twitter and post websites full of our projects and join together with others in songs of praise over the latest Veritas or Lie-Nielsen acquisition, or remind one another to be wary of t...
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