a number of years ago (maybe 15 – 16) i knew a navajo man that supported his familyby cutting firewood for some of the indian ceremonies he would get in his truck and go out into the washes and canyonsaround gallup new mexico and adjoining arizona and cut down dead cottonwood and oak treessome up to 1’+ diameter trunks into logs around 5’ longtake them home and standing on them over a few cross logs(for chain clearance) he ripped them with his chainsawinto (i kid yo...
Human all too human to quote Fred N. Yes we makers are too human. We’re too ready to find error in our work. The voice in our head keeps repeating: Not good enough, not perfect enough. We are always so ready to point out our mistakes, to find the tiniest of errors. When our client never sees them. When another maker doesn’t see them nor care. They see the whole, the entire piece and they’re delighted. So I say, keep your standards high but learn to forgive yourself for your errors that no ...
Hi I am back again!I have been lurking in the back ground admiring all the great work for some time now as house renovations took priority, that is nearing an end and I am soon to get back into the workshop. The club I am in has some amazingly talented people and one of them has sent this link here and another hereI am not sure if these websites have been posted before but it has given me some wonderful inspiration to get going again. I am in awe of these master craftsmen of the past. A...
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. ...
In between working on a larger project, I’ve been fitting in a few minutes (hours) to fiddle with this jewelry case. Today I cut the top and bottom to size, ran rabets and dados, milled some trim on my router table and mitered the trim to fit. This included making up a simple miter jig for the table saw. Once complete, the jig is an excellent way to get perfect miters every time. It’ll come in handy when making picture frames etc too. To make the stopped dados in the top an...
I decided to not send the little panels to the glass shop to have glass cut and I’m really glad I made that choice. Instead, I bought a $8.00 glass cutting tool and cut the glass I need from some broken window glass that was laying in the back yard. Basic glass cutting is really easy so if you haven’t tried it, you really should. I learned everything I needed from youtube. So, not much to show and tell, just, I cut the glass and installed it in the little frames…well, I ...
Joinery is the art of knowing what wood to remove and what to leave behind. Reductive & simple, yet seductive in its intricacies balancing negative space with strength. Take too much wood away and you leave no strength. Take too little and you’ve compromised the tenon. You are the joinery designer/ engineer. There are several important details to know about wood and its properties. Double a board’s measure in height and it is twice as strong as doubling a board in its width. Hmm. Wood ...
Why is it that when I see a tree being cut down, and I stop for a piece or two or three to turn on the lathe, when I get into a really nice, drier, figured interesting piece, I only grabbed one chunk, and when its wet as can be, boring, stinky, and hard to make viable, I have taken a half truckload?
I should probably make this my second entry under this series about building my beehives, but I’d like to ask the community for input on how you would cut these handles. When I made my hive bodies, I just sat the bodies on the saw and raised my dado blade two full turns of the handle to cut a slot and they’re okay for my use. However, since my dimensions were off a tiny bit from the “off the rack” hives at the store, I bought one hive body to copy the dimensions more a...
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