Earlier this week I took a tour of the Forrest Products Laboratory in Madison Wisconsin. The Madison Woodworkers’ Guild, which I joined recently arranged for the tour. I have to say it was 2 and 1/2 hours of awesome. I wish I had a camera with me. Maybe one of the other members will share.This June 4, the FPL will celebrate their 100th anniversary and they will have a public open house on June 26th. It would be worth the trip.The Lab tests all sorts of wood products, from nano-fibe...
If you prefer to skip my ramblings, and go strait to the Shop Tour video, click HERE Well, releasing my Router Inlay Basics video at the end of December, gave way to a tumultuous January, to say the least. I had planned to go right into the sequel to Router Inlay Basics: “Router Inlay Techniques,” but I decided that I needed to take a quick detour and makes some changes and updates to my website. That, however, turned into a slippery slope, taking most of my spare time in th...
I signed up to attend Experience PRS 2009. It’s a Manufacturer show of the PRS guitars and also workshops, product demos and lots of Music Concerts. It’s all free if you sign-up before a cut of date. Approx 1700 people attended the 3 day event. The first day is for members of the Signature Club about 400 people attended that day. I’m not a member so I didn’t go. I went as a guest on the Friday and Sat, Sept 25 and 26 2009. It was more crowded on Friday than it w...
David Marks finishes up his tour with a review of his wood boiling apparatus (used for drying out turnings), and his art gallery. The gallery contains many beautiful pieces by David as well as other amazing woodworkers. David caps off the tour by showing us his skills on the drums! And believe it or not, we have a few outtakes! Also, David recently released his Scrapers DVD. It contains everything you need to know to properly sharpen card scrapers, cabinet scrapers, and gooseneck scr...
Te Wai Pounamu, Aeteoroa- the Maori name for the south island of New Zealand. New Zealand consists of 2 islands roughly the same size but with 3 million people on the northern, slightly warmer island and only 1 million on the south island, the south island is clearly the winner in terms of beauty, wilderness and variety. We currently divide our time between two places : Christchurch, the largest city on the s.island with roughly 60% of the entire population living in this area, and our f...
I’d like to invite you to a brief tour of Brezno – nice small town in the heart of Slovakia where I’m living now. Let’s see what Wikipedia has to say about Brezno’s history: “The place has been inhabited since prehistoric times, but the current town arose from an old Slovak settlement, next to which newly arrived German miners erected a typical square market in the early 13th century. The first written evidence of the town’s existence is dat...
(I haven’t done this style of blogging for awhile. With so many new LJ’ers now on this website, I’ve figured most of us don’t want to see these long-winded-folksy style, non-woodworking, rambling, style blogs anymore. But, this is a story about “Hot Air”, so I’ll let a bunch out along with the photos.) This blog could easily be subtitled: ”Facing Your Fears with Hot Air.”Read on further to find out why. July 29th, 2008: I wa...
Well here it is the fist video in a long time. This one is just the shop tour since you guys haven’t really seen a good look of what my shop looks like right now. I also want to point out my newly designed logo and music sequence in the beginning. I hope you enjoy. Please leave any questions comments, or concerns. Thanks, Tyler Please tune in next time for the safety week special as well.
You might be a LumberJock if you visit the shop of a LumberJock and you fail to take any pictures. So Sorry. As I was leaving I said to my son-in-law. I didn’t take any picture and I think Charles was ready to kick us out. End of Story. Now the beginning. I sent Charles an e-mail a few months ago and told them that my son-in-law and daughter lived about 15 miles from him and sometime when I’m visiting them that I’d like to visit him. He replied make sure that you...
Earlier this fall, I attended the Toronto Woodworking Machinery Expo (see blog) and one of the representatives that I had the pleasure of speaking with was Norman Framton, the Sales/Marketing rep from General. This week, I connected with Norman by phone and we talked further about the company and product lines. HistoryGeneral Manufacturing is in its 61st year of business and is based in Drummondville, Quebec. With a foundry just down the road, they are able to produce their Canadian-mad...
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