On my walk this morning I paused to admire the Willamette River. It is wide and this morning it was quiet, peaceful and full. As always it was flowing past me, underneath my footbridge. The body split apart and came back together again with grace and ease. After admiring it’s awesome beauty I was reminded of my work and the feeling of running in place. On the surface the river looks so peaceful so laid back like nothing is really going on. It’s so full that rapids aren’t even showing whe...
Wood Studies and…. ….wood studies and stopping to take a break,english decides to follow me around for a bit,but soon discovers there’s more to wood studies,that meets the eye of a feline in the grip of the moment….—by flp ——————————————————————————————————...
Working on a clock today, I was happily sanding away making the side of the base perfectly smooth and 90 to the top surface when a thought popped into my mind. I thought to myself, how on earth did I do this before my amazing oscillating spindle sander came into my life, and then it hit me! How many other tools have I bought over the years and completely taken for granted without a thought to the ease and time savings it’s brought to my life? Before, I would have used numerous shop made...
Putting the finish on my Nautilus Shell project today. Jullie helped to design the base for the shell to sit on. Should be able to post pictures of my first Lumberjocks project later this week.
At this point in my creation of a luxurious gun rack, I have accomplished great work. I completed my planning and have cut down and planed the side pieces of my gun rack to the correct measurements. I then used carbon paper to trace my outline onto my cut wood. This is where I am currently at. I have had no problems so far, and hope to be cutting and shaping these two side pieces by next week.
Chigiritsugi used in Wood Joinery ....’chigiritsugi’ is the eastern Japanese name, while here in the west we prefer; ‘spline’, ‘flying dutchman’ and ‘butterfly’ joint….and then also I may have missed or forgotten a name. While starting out here I will just insert an observation that I have used and noted over time in the study of western and eastern thought in woodworking and ‘wood joinery’. Understanding wood goes a ...
What Lights Up An English Barn Well I believe that it doesn’t take much to get me talking about barns….or might I add English Barns. I was asked to post some pictures of my barn, but how could I ever just show some pictures without also going into some barn terminology? From the picture above I am standing on the third floor of the barn….or if some-one is counting the cellar also, then I guess one could say the fourth floor. My wife bartered some homemade jams for ...
When I did some woodturning a few months ago, I turned a chisel handle from a sweet gum tree that still had the bark on it and everything. I thought, “Hmm, I wonder what kind of wood might be available to me where I live in Malaysia.” I don’t have a lathe, but still – that shouldn’t stop one from trying to make stuff out of long cylindrical pieces of tree. Right? I’m not really into making rustic furniture – I just want to take “rustic wood̶...
A complete stranger might think I’m bitter about being treated for drug dependency or something…no, no, not that kind of rehab… Today I glued up the block that will eventually be the new head of my old screw. Just for fun, I decided to laminate a piece of pine in the middle of two pieces of kapur. I don’t know what this might do as far as wood movement, as far as laminating softwood in between hardwood – I have no idea but I don’t care! It’s fu...
The Wood Thief – MaggieThis past weekend, I realized I was being robbed by the wood thief. I began several new projects for clients and friends. One piece in particular, has a significant amount of very small pieces of wood. Each piece is cut out, sanded, and put together like a jig saw puzzle. I turned around to do some sanding and when I came back to my work bench, I notice one of my pieces that I had just completed was missing. After looking under my workbench and around the area,...
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