The Woodcraft store in Libertyville, IL, closed its doors for good on March 19. Over the previous two weeks, I had received emails from the store announcing huge discounts… 30% off everything, then 50, then 75. While no closing was announced, it was pretty obvious what was coming. Part of me wanted to make the hour drive and load up my car with half-price lumber and grab whatever tools were left. Part of me felt awful at the thought of picking the bones of a store I didn’t supp...
Watch Video: http://youtu.be/ODrnBd5aoBc Installing my new air cleaner made bu Rikon.
I was a very fortunate woodworker this week to receive correspondence from a special friend. Of course it is MADS! Mads for the few who may be unaware of his positive presence on lumberjocks is a fantastic woodworker, designer, and all around spiritual character. Basically he makes the entire experience of sharing on Lumberjocks all the more interesting and fun. As I opened the envelope there before me was a wonderful letter full of good things. A handmade Origami Crane…wow, I lov...
Ok, I am from New Orleans and we do not have anything like a Woodcraft store in my entire state. My wife and I were on vacation in San Antonio this week and just a couple of miles outside the city was a Woodcraft store. We had some time to kill one morning and headed over there. Now, I am pretty new to wood working and very much an amateur, but when I walked in that place I wanted to kiss the floor. I get the Woodcraft catalogue every month, but being there in person is just so much better. ...
Crazy Stuff Stumpy Thinks About #33: Look out evil- there's a guy running around with a measuring tape!
Woodworkers get inspiration from the most unlikely of sources. Recently I was eating a sandwich when it hit me: I’ve been getting ripped off! Maybe I should give you a little background on this… A couple of weeks ago I read a news story about a guy who was suing Subway restaurants because his “foot long” sub wasn’t a full twelve inches. Apparently he felt a little empty inside after consuming his cold cut combo. So he went around town ordering from every Subway he could find and measuring...
I bought the collet chuck when I had some Woodcraft gift certificates to burn and had one of those “this would be perfect for…...” ideas. My general rule is to avoid all cutting tools or tools requiring any sort of precision that are made in China. For the most part this rule has served me well, however in this case the fit and finish of the set seemed very good, so with gift certificates burning a hole in my pocket I decided to take a chance. The intended project never ...
I went out earlier this week with my wife, without our satnav, to visit a lovely garden we had visited about 2 years ago. We knew it was in the New Forest but I had forgotten the route we had taken before. Any way we set off & found a garden really easily but as we entered realised it was the wrong one !! Never mind It was a treasure with Azaleas & Rhododendrons in wonderful bloom, my wife was in her element & then I spotted something under a thatched roof. Anyway I’ve...
The few projects that I have made since purchasing the Woodcraft store in Tucson have been for my son, Lucio, who is three years old. Between running the store and spending time with him and my wife, I don’t have much time for woodworking. I hope to incorporate more woodworking into my days real soon.
I did not want a classical framework for my latest miniature marquetry motifs ..Eros in the fingers… http://lumberjocks.com/projects/49521Suburbium Petrovaradiniense… http://lumberjocks.com/projects/49796 Did I succeed .. I do not know ..I only know that it was magical attractive idea to redeem a walnut stump from my yard ..
Today I took an introduction to relief carving class at the local Woodcraft store. The class was focused on carving an oak leaf and acorns using a piece of Basswood. This was my first experience at relief carving. I am an absolute beginner. I have to say I really enjoyed this and will be setting time aside to carve as much as I can. I would also say I have extreamly happy with the Ashley Iles carving chisels. They arrived sharp, are very substantal and they cut basswood like a hot kn...
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