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Exercises in Artisanship #24: Practices in Spoonology: Part one

717 days ago by jjw5858 | 5 comments »

Sometimes it’s true that less weight on a woodcraft project makes for more learning in our execution of total composition. I always try to experiment with various ideas, styles, and media wether it is seeking inspiration from an old pine tree or taking some good advice from a favorite musician. I suppose the next useful bit of food for thought is right on schedule since it involves the late great Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band who’s philosophy was that the attributes of great playin...

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Clog Making Shoes. Cira 1923

1656 days ago by Karson | 18 comments »

American Woodworker sent out an e-mail that had a video from 1923 on making clogs, spoons, and chair making. They didn’t have talkies in 1923, we’re probably lucky that they even had movies in 1923. Very interesting. If anyone can translate it please let us know. It might be from Sweden.

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The old time woodshop journals #46: A book worth more than just shavings

209 days ago by jjw5858 | 4 comments »

What book is that? Oh, it is the rereleased printing of Wille Sundqvist’s “Swedish Carving Techniques” For a few years now this fine book has become a sort of cult classic and being that this book was out of print the powers that be that did have it for sale were sure to put a hefty price tag on it. I have seen copies in various condition ranging anywhere from $150-$500…..yeah…..It pays to wait. Finally about 8 months or so back this book by popular demand ...

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The old time woodshop journals #27: Spoon for a tote!

685 days ago by jjw5858 | 5 comments »

After the piles of shavings, sawdust and sweat has been had the broom sweeps in a satisfied rhythm. While my inner happy finality of the spoon makers tote still brings me good feelings of inspiration to hew and chop once more, I ponder over at some fresh cherry and the task takes a hold of my crazed passion. The urge is in my spirit for the creative kind of dance only a happy fool with his old hand tools knows how to do. Oh well could be worse….I could be an old fool with new cheap t...

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The old time woodshop journals #29: Trip to simplicity

679 days ago by jjw5858 | 6 comments »

Friday morning found our travels set upon faster paces than normal with New Jersey traffic in high demand and far from giving any neighboring driver a brake. For me and Jenn this is not really our favorite part of living in NJ but we make the best of where we are at and adapt to the madness as best as possible. Soon we were moving past the welcome to NY sign and the scenery was growing in color and in country as we progressed farther north to upstate. When possible it’s good to get away an...

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Spoon carvers diary #7: The journey of spoon craft unfolds new roads.

421 days ago by jjw5858 | 8 comments »

In my last blog I detailed a list of ways to get started in crafting a spoon from green wood.Since that short time ago I have learned some wonderful lessons regarding grain, timber size, and being more aware of the possibilities of a wooden spoons life if we care to use the spoon on a daily basis. Note: A big thanks to Jarrod Stone Dahl for his guidance and explanations on this timber splitting technique. Jarrod is an amazing green woodworker. Please be sure to check his wonderful talents ...

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Exercises in Artisanship #25: Practices in Spoonology: Part four

708 days ago by jjw5858 | 7 comments »

So my business of country spoon sloyd craft carries on. Forgive me if my tales on this exploration have become boring, I realize there is not a lot of joinery going on. I am closing in as I enter the words here for session 4 of 5 of this spoon blog and have really made some nice strides. My greatest findings have been using the soil I live on to adventure more deeply into the woods and come out with new species I have never worked with before such as Hickory, Black Walnut, and Black Locust...

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The old time woodshop journals #33: Return from the storm

655 days ago by jjw5858 | 8 comments »

My words from my last project began with….. “Well friends I am here inland in NJ, they say the storm known as Hurricane Sandy is fast approaching us.” My friends I am here to write that it approached, and sadly this time she wasn’t a very kind lady at all to the tri-state area. For me and my family I am amazed, blessed and happy to report all is well and we have electric back as of yesterday morning. For millions the Jersey Shore has simply been blitzed, almost reminds me of being...

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Exercises in Artisanship #29: The spoon makers tote! Part Three and final!

686 days ago by jjw5858 | 5 comments »

Hey friends, thanks for looking in again on what really is my final installment for this spoon makers tote! This piece went a little faster than I had originally thought it would go, but I had some time and inspiration so I went ahead with the flow of the tools. This is going to be much more of a practical piece to enjoy using, packaging some small tools, woods and spoons around. I left some tool marks with a fun and spirited opinion of wanting this work to look used and lived in. For me i...

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The old time woodshop journals #34: Back at the log

650 days ago by jjw5858 | 5 comments »

Barely a week past the misadventures and tragedy of hurricane Sandy and ole New Jeyyyyessssy has a new storm to deal with. Although much lighter than Sandy’s roar this experience provides snow mixed with freezing rain. The hell with it I say and time to get back out to the log and craft something from some of this large quantity of newly handsawn black cherry wood….(you know I was not going to let that sit too long…lol) A few hours here and there each afternoon and the end res...

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