Back in college when you had four classes in one day it was just another day. I guess that’s why we send our kids to school while they are young. I don’t feel young. Here’s the run-down of my day (mercifully all my classes were within two buildings very near each other.) My first session was on chair design with Brian Boggs. If you aren’t familiar with Brian, you need to be. Find him here. Now, I’ve never really had any interest in chairs, knowing that t...
It’s 1994 or 95. (Or so, I can’t actually remember.) I’m living in Jessamine County, Kentucky, working in the campus library as I finish my master’s degree, when one of my computer-savvy friends mentions a fairly new “listserv” that he has run across, called the “Old Tools Listerv.” Of course, I’ve been a woodworker since I was a kid, so I have to check this out. Before long, my vehicle is sporting a bumper sticker that declares, ̶...
You can take the title different ways, but I have a specific “way” in mind. Over the last couple of days, I have rubbed elbows with (in no particular order) Adam Cherubini, Chris “The Schwartz” Schwartz, Roy “St. Roy” Underhill, Frank Klausz, Brian Boggs, Mike Dunbar, Robin Lee, Thomas Lie-Nielsen, Joel Moskewitz, Mike Wenzloff, Clarence Blanchard, Glen Huey, Robert Lang, John Economaki… the list could go on. I’m not dropping names here. I wa...
Intrigue, controversy & camaraderie from The Woodworking in America 2008 Conference This is the 4th and last part from our interview with Neil Lamens of Funitology Productions fame on his last day at The Woodworking in America Conference 2008. In this brief installment, Neil piques our interest with some intrigue at a Woodnet forum dinner during the conference. He also shares a fun story rooted in the controversy of tails first or pins first. Last but not least, Neil got a chance to...
This is just like Christmas as a kid. Every day since early July you mark the calendar with hopeful anticipation (I want an Official Range Model Red Ryder BB gun with a compass in the stock and a thing that tells time!) and then you look around and realize you’re sitting in a sea of wrapping paper and you wish this could go on forever. My WIA day started with a hands-on clinic offered by Deneb Puchalski of Lie-Nielsen on, wait for it… wait for it… hand planing. Yes. Ooooo… Ahhhhh… My...
I’ve had a couple of days now to rest up, process all that information, and try and heal from the sinus infection I picked up (when I lived in Kentucky, the sinus infection was how I was able to tell the seasons were changing!) I’ve been reflecting on the entire event, trying to figure out how I wanted to condense this huge volume of knowledge and impressions down into one blog, and it is not easy. Here are a few highlights of “Mack Goes to Berea:” 1. Woodworkers ...
A special treat for those of us unable to attend the 2008 Woodworking in America Conference sponsored by Popular Woodworking and Woodworking Magazine. This quick video is live from Neil Lamens of Funitology Productions fame on the first evening of the conference. During the conference check in Neil ran into Mark Vanderlist from Matt's Basement Workshop. Sounds like a great conference!
This quick video is live from Neil Lamens of Funitology Productions fame. Neil share thoughts from his first seminar with chair maker Brian Boggs and the awesome feeling of making connections with fellow woodworkers. Neil met up with internet woodworking friend Chuck Middleton, a frequent member of The Rough Cut Show Rough Cutters Forum. What glue was Neil referring to from the chair making session with Brian Boggs? Hide glue of course! Don’t forget to check out Patrick Edwards Ol...
”A good furniture man always has a tape!” This is Part 3 from our interview with Neil Lamens of Funitology Productions fame from his first full day at Woodworking in America 2008. In this brief installment, Neil shares some additional thoughts about connections with fellow woodworkers and his trip into the town of Berea (The Folk Art & Crafts Capitol of Kentucky) with woodworking friend Chuck Middleton. Do you have a tape in your pocket? We have more to come from Neil...
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