I have always had a passion for restoring things. One of my favourite activities is the resuscitation of old tools. Not only for the beauty of displaying them, but to give them a new sense of purpose and put them to good use. I pick up old tools at any chance I find. They can be from friends or family that no longer have a use or interest for them. I have found many tools cast away as rubbish and one of my favourite pastimes is routing through piles of rusty parts at secondhand markets. ...
My very first woodworking hand tool was this Stanley – Bailey No. 4. I bought it from Craigslist for $10.00. It’s about 50 years old, I bought it from the 45 year old son of the man who had passed on and left it to him. He was not a woodworker. I subsequently bought all 6 of his Henry Disston saws for $30.00 which I will showcase in a future blog entry. The first picture shows the condition of the plane when I bought it. The subsequent pics show the restored plane from a ...
I’m continuing with restoring wih restoing of rococo frame. We are with schoolmate unbonding and removing glued parts because joints are broken. Frame is consisted of 3 layers. I will be difficult work. Also top part is missing so I have to find some similar design. Here are some photos.
Octavina is a family of bandurria. Just simply an octave lower than a bandurria. It belongs to a 14 strings family that consist of Octavina, Laud, and Bandurria. Though, nothing so special compared to an acoustic guitar construction, except that this should be a little bit stronger and smaller than that of a normal guitar. The frets are exactly spaced as the guitar depending on the total span of the frets. However, the notes are not so arranged to make chords but rather to produced a v...
The roof was on, time to get the “workshop to be” closed up to keep the rain and wind out. Easier sad than done though, because we were still aiming on a authentic look. There used to be a door on the road side, not very practical, because this street is so narrow and safety reasons were also to take in consideration. First job was to fill that gab on the street side. We’ve decided to convert it in to a window, using old beams from the ruin itself. At t...
The big wall was repaired, but to get the roof on I needed to put the steel beams on the side wall, and one on the street side wall. The problem is that the street is so narrow, that if would put the roof on in a conventional way, it would stick out of the wall at least 15 cm. It’s not that I had nightmares about the farmer from next door getting thru the street with his tractor and hitting the roof, but he scraped the wall before so… I had to come up with a solution. I jus...
From a 200 year old ruin to a workshop, a 3 year journey... #11: Not just another brick in the wall...
Now with the back wall finished, and being in the “cement mood”, I decided it was time to restore the big wall that divides the Workshop on the street-side and our B&B apartment on the other side. This wall is the biggest remaining part of the old ruin, almost 7 meters high and is still standing after 200 years, although it’s just stacked with stones and some clay. It will be there forever, if… there is no rainwater splashing on the top. As soon as these kin...
After the dust was gone we could see what we bought. It’s strange to realize that just a decade ago, somebody lived in this building. No water, no toilet, no electricity. It must have been a simple and poor life for the old lady that spend her last years in this, what used to be the main house of a farm. As a woodworker, tears get in to your eyes, seeing that the former owner didn’t clean out the property before putting it down. The big stone wall went half thru the flo...
It all started in 2007. After selling our Dutch Art & Frame shop we were looking for a new challenge. We traveled around the globe a bit looking for a nice place to settle down and make a new start. (something you should consider every 10 years or so..) Yes, we’ve seen the wales at the coast of British Columbia, lived in a cabin on the beach of Roberts Creek for a while, but to start in the beautiful vicinity of the sunshine coast takes more money than we could ever come up with. We...
I and my friend (master blacksmith) made chisels and a slick for my upcoming Timber Framing project. He made the steel parts. I made handles and leather tip guards. In my opinion chisels and the slick came out very high quality. So the idea was born – to make my own Timber Framing hand tool workshop were we could manufacture high quality fully hand made tools. Maybe there are anyone who can give me some advice or some dealer/manager or craftsmen who are interested to take apart in my...
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