The takingI think this is one of the hardest parts. Is it that we don’t like taking? Maybe it is a matter of pride, accepting help even when it might not be needed by ourselves. I needed to realise that others also have a need to give and if they cant allow them give, we are being selfish. I continually use bearings, might be a dust thing or perhaps I’m just a bit to rough on my wheelchairs. I normally just buy new bearings on line. It is quick and easy. So when I needed some bearings for ...
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...
Sorry for the break, I’m not good at getting things down. I wander to much. :) Well there was a post tutorial discussion with my Right Hand Man Gordon. (I must make a note to tell you about Gordon my RHM) Pulling teeth was our consensus. Gordon asked if he had paid the full eight weeks? Worse, nine weeks. I had thrown in an extra week. Some folk who travel will often come for a weekend or two. I prefer doing it weekly and give them homework for the next. After eight weeks they reall...
This is a very cool story about the San Francisco Fire Department’s ladder shop! I know first hand how heavy these wooden ladders are. I also know first hand what a 1918 wooden ladder feels like SFFD Ladder Shop Video
Thank you all for the encouragement.I’ve had some really great PM’s, with some great questions. In this title I could relate to many wonderful folk over the years. I thought though I would relate a story of one of my Jolly Rouges who is now a mere 76.In 2004 I got a phone call asking about woodturning lessons for this woman’s Dads 70th Birthday.They live in Glasgow and although that is only a slow one hour drive, I suggested that she find someone in Glasgow.Next I new she...
This piece is not finished….I am about to make a new, thicker top. I feel that the existing top is too thin….SWMBO thinks that the existing top looks just fine…..What you think?
This was a story that I was unsure about sharing as it is a fairly complicated situation. I have just come back from a short Retreat and while I was there I got speaking to a friend who is a cello player.She told me the story of how she had worked with a young woman also with Cerebral Palsy. They created a dance routine with music.So I decided to write about it.One of the most prolific woodturner’s that I ever had the pleasure of teaching was a young womanShe has Cerebral Palsy along with a f...
The wood shaped to the line. If you check back a few posts there were two lines. My ‘final’ line is what you see remaining. Here’s a jig I made to cut the edges to size. Does anyone see what ‘the problem’ is in this picture? Think hard… It’s a 1hp Craftsman router with a 3/8” straight bit. I call it a ‘face off’ bit, but I could be wrong? The jig part is the device holding the router steady. It’s 1/8” alu...
Tommy MacDonald has expanded the FREE content area on his website to provide more “How To” information. There are some cool projects and many helpful tips that might be of use to all of us. You can check it out at the link shown down below. Here’s the link to the HOW TO area: http://www.thomasjmacdonald.com/content/howto/ While you are there browse the rest of the site and check out some of the outstanding woodworking being done. As you probably already know, some of our fellow LJ...
Dear Fellows, People use to say that every Master’s dream is to be surpassed by his own Apprentice!So, the first and still sole person who interested in learning woodcarving with me gives me the full impression that he will make my dream come through very soon… I am very happy!His name is Luiz Favio Rocha Gomes who is an employee in the biggest Brazilian oil company, whose refinery is located in a nearby town. Despite the many activities he performs in his spare time, he st...
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