....well the truth just is, that there is nothing that gives me greater pleasure then realizing that all that is needed for my joy-full woodworking experience is really contained right out there in the woods, or as close as my scrape-pile in my workshop which I prefer to call my ‘treasure-pile’!
Who needs a rope, bungee cord or chain out in the woods for bundling those timbers together on my sleigh skid, when the never ceasing abundance of young saplings provides me with a means to bind that bundle together. Ah yes, life is easy when I take what is all-ready there as provided by nature and use with a giving of thanks.
And so today I was found in my barn shop starting two new projects, one is a rustic maple top, which I am getting under way with since this one needs to be completed by the end of March for an upcoming show. The other involves a walnut slab of some good width which will also make for an interesting piece of rustic furniture, a table top also or maybe the back of a rustic chair.
Well here’s how this story goes, the walnut slab is out-of-flat or winding as I say, so in order to get the winding out of the way, I went and looked in my treasure pile. What a joy to find some 3’’ slab hemlock laying there, so over to my table saw I went where I ripped two pieces at 16’’ in length and 3’’ in height. Yes, I know ‘they say’ stable wood, but then again this wood I’m using is dry and stable and if down the road next time…......well, I will just visit my ‘treasure pile’ again. Next I cut a chamfer along the top edges and I’m ready to take sight.
Placing one winding stick at the rear of the wood, while the other one goes up front at the near end of my slab and this one I shall refer to as my ‘gaffer’. While keeping my eyes level with the gaffer and sighting across the top to the rear stick I am now able to tell or get a reading on the state of winding in the slab top. I can now pencil mark across the top of the slab and remove the excess wood stock while continuing to sight across those winding sticks.
Ha! No digital here, no metal, and just the satisfaction that once again I did it according to the traditions of those ancient past masters who knew the real worth of scrap-piles be-coming treasure-piles.
I just love working with wood!!!
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/