A Scrimshaw Art Journey: A Lumberjock’s “Short Version” of the Techniques for Decorating a Powder Horn by: Mark A. DeCouwww.decoustudio.com (This writing, photos, and artwork are protected by copyright by M.A. DeCou 2007-2010, all rights reserved, please ask permission before using any part or component.) =============================== UPDATE 9-25-2012:This past summer I had four students at the John C. Campbell Folk School class on Powder Horn Building and Scr...
I just edited my profile and added the following description of myself…as if anyone cares who I am anyway…sob sob. LOL I’m Alex, a 23 year old woodworking fanatic who’s affectionately called by my family the ‘Termite.’ I work at a private liberal-arts institution in my hometown as an Architectural Drafter/Designer. Another fanaticism I hold dear is that of Jazz Music. I was raised listening to the likes of David Sanborn, Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Al J...
I spent some time in the shop this past weekend working on a couple of final tasks for a new table before starting on the finishing. I had a choice on how to do the work and opted for a simple block plane. If you’ve done work with well-tuned hand tools, then you know how my experience was…either way, you can read about it here.
Contractor Saw Refurbishing #1: Good news: I got it home. Bad news: Now I have to do something with it!
I found an old, well-worn Jet contractor saw locally through Craigslist. It came with a Delta Unifence, so even with some replacement parts and repairs factored in, I got it for a steal at $175. It was quite a job to horse it home by myself, but with the help of an appliance dolly I managed to get it out of its old basement and into my basement. I thought it might be fun for someone if I occasionally post updates here. And I certainly welcome all the tips and suggestions that anyone mig...
All maternal grandfather’s, except the rosewood square which belonged to paternal grandfather A suggestion – if you inherit old tools and also enjoy picking up old tools at flea markets, etc. – either keep your family tools strictly separated or mark them with a sticker or make and keep an inventory list. You think you will remember which ones are “family,” but as you age . . . I’m very happy I wrote out an inventory list when these came into my possess...
Hey LumberJocks. Many of you probably know that Festool is a one of our major sponsors over at The Wood Whisperer.Well, as part of our new sponsorship agreement, I was able to arrange for a monthly giveaway. Every month, one lucky winner will receive a brand new Festool tool. You can read all the details HERE. We are calling it The FesCOOL challenge. Yeah, its corny I know. There is a relatively easy challenge question that you must get right in order to be entered, but other than th...
This post is a pragmatic look at the choices between hand a power tool woodworking. Click here for the post. Thanks for reading!
A Stanley 5 Jack planeA Board ScribeA Draw Knife Each is marked with my Paternal Grandfather’s initials. A neat side note is that I have the die stamps that he used to mark these tools! A Monster MalletA Smith-made draw knifeEggbeater Drill These belonged to my Maternal Grandfather A Stanley 5 jack planeA Stanley 4 smooth planeA Revenoc transitional smooth plane These also belong to my Maternal Grandfather When I get a lull in projects, I need to spend abo...
Sorry for not posting more. I have several projects stacked up in my shop and I have much of what I haven’t shown (little used favorites) stored out of the way in corners and back spaces. I would have to intentionally move projects out into the drive and dig into the deeper recesses of “my space,” take pics and move it all back. I tend to bang and scratch things when I move them too much, so it will be a while yet. I love viewing Wayne’s finds and would still love ...
(continued from Lee Valley Interview, part I) Following my interview with Robin Lee, President of Lee Valley, I took my Canadian Film Crew with me as I headed to my “local” Lee Valley Store, which is just an hour away, for my very first public appearance as MsDebbieP, the Canadian LumberJock. The weather was the hottest that we’ve had all summer and, boy oh boy, was the hat and coat ever hot! Inside, Don Riley, the store manager, gave me a tour, starting with the warehouse area i...
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