When i mentioned to my brother that i needed him to cut stuff with his chainsaw he came right over.. Keep in mind this wood is very very green. I sealed the endgrain to prevent checking.I used a draw knife to strip the bark off two thirds of the log before we started on the next step. He was so intrigued with the project he wanted one of is own as well, so I set him aside a log as well. I clamped the log down to some gluelam slabs I had outfront. We cut across the grain a...
The other day I was driving home and noticed a neighbor had cut back a tree and had some limbs at the curb. I see this fairy often and very rarely stop to grab anything in it’s raw state. I have a very limited space and have no means to resaw limbs into planks/boards. For some strange reason I stopped immediately, that tree looks different, I thought to myself, It didn’tLook like the other trees in my area… Hmmm I loaded up as much as I could fit into the back and head...
The next installment in my episode by episode, wise cracking review of the greatest television show ever…“We’ve got a double header this time!” After a two episode field trip its back to the workshop, and to make up for lost time Roy’s treating us to two projects: a pitchfork and a dough bowl. What do the two have in common? My guesses include they can both give you splinters, they both resemble a giant’s place setting, and either of them would make a great gift for an Amish neighbor...
The next installment in my episode by episode, wise cracking review of the greatest television show ever… Which came first, the chicken or the egg? It depends on whether that chicken lived in a log cabin or a post and beam house, because contrary to popular belief, it wasn’t inside an old fashioned log cabin that eggs were first scrambled in America. It was in one of the timber frame, mortise and tenon, post and beam buildings of the first colonists. What this has to do with chickens...
The next installment in my episode by episode, wise cracking review of the greatest television show ever… “I am sure this is a part of the series that some of you have been waiting for!” We’re heading outside the shop to recall the homesteader days of hard work, cholera and log cabins. Timber frame construction came first to America and the Swedish brought log construction later. But in this two episode series we’ll do it the other way around. Logs first, timbers next time. “Ev...
The next installment in my episode by episode, wise cracking review of the greatest television show ever… “We have a lot to do today! We have got to put a bottom on our rocking chair… and tie these rockers on pretty good otherwise you’re going to go to orbit on your first try.” Roy’s working with white oak today, and that means another log. “If you’ve heard anything about getting white oak…” (Of course, Roy! Me and the boys chat about logs over beers every Friday.) “The one thing ...
The next installment in my episode by episode, wise cracking review of the greatest television show ever… “This is the program that asks the question, can the twentieth century person make for themselves, from a tree, a rocking chair and sit in it? The answer you will soon see is yes.” As a twenty-first century person, I am quite sure that I have the skills to accomplish all sorts of things. I can burp the alphabet, drink a cold one through a hole in the side of the can, even win ...
The next installment in my episode by episode, wise cracking review of the greatest television show ever… “That walk gets longer every time…” Roy opens episode five with a joke, but it’s also a reminder to those of us in the future looking back at 1979 Roy, that his introduction was really long when the series first began, a full minute and eight seconds to be exact. It wasn’t until season nine that the intro we have all come to know and love took its final form. The original vers...
The next installment in my episode by episode, wise cracking review of the greatest television show ever… “One of my (Roy’s) fav-o-rite projects of all time… There’s no way a machine can make this better than a person. We have to have maximum strength, minimum weight in an article of this kind.” Clearly we are about to get a lesson in old-time woodworking worth its weight in hickory! Roy taught us chopping and hacking in the first three episodes, now we’re moving on to a dee...
"The Woodwright's Shop" Episode Review #3: Season 1, Episode 3: Roy cuts himself but the horse is finished...
The next installment in my episode by episode, wise cracking review of the greatest television show ever… Back to our “schnitzelbank”. Having made a bench from part of an oak tree, Roy turns the other half of the log into the other half of the shaving horse. If you didn’t know a shaving horse was also called a “schnitzelbank” you probably also didn’t know a froe is also called a “thrower”, the process of twisting to split the wood is called “throwing”. At least I’m reasonably sure th...
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