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Blog entry by frank posted 04-15-2007 03:49 PM 1104 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Providere

....and so i now come to an update on the progress of such a one, such as this….’my providere….

And so this story begins in the early days of our country, long before the times of Greene and Greene, (and I am meaning no disrespect here at all) when our carpenters of colonial days were fresh of the boats and in a new world. These carpenters were shipwrights who had come to the new world and now found much use for their talents in ‘the land of opportunity’. We also have the French who later came down from Canada and settled in that area we now call the Adirondacks of upstate New York. Coming here to trap, hunt and act as guides, these also out of necessity for needing furniture and keeping a busy mind during the long winter months, learned to build what we now call rustic furniture. I probably should write more on this subject in my series at: ”Rustic” by RusticWoodArt ; http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/frank/blog/510 and so I will hold off for now on further comment.

....now back to the story about ‘providere’! I’m going to hold off on dimensions at this point to keep some height of suspense to this story book fable, but there are enough clues in the pictures as to give one reference points for making decisions as to dimensions. Ha!....I kind of like that, ‘decisions as to dimensions’....or how about “Decisions of Demented Dimensions” as all played out on a 3D landscape, I’ll have to save that thought for a future story. Hmmm, just cannot seem to keep to my story line this morning….

I now have a table top that is (....) slab and roughly (....) hundred years old, while the back board is as I have already mentioned, cherry from a piece of branch wood. Side boards are of 1st cut pine which I ran through a planner and kept the ‘live edge’.

....I had to leave this piece of ‘character in the wood when I cut the top yesterday. I used the Japanese Takuma pull saw to cut all my ends of wood for square, just love that saw….

....So far now the tools of use have been the broadax, timber slick, timber chisel, sandpaper , pocketknife, wood rasp, drawknife, Porter Cable worm drive trim saw, planner and lets not forget pencil. You will also notice in this picture that I was able to get the knot hole in the sideboard to line up with the depression in the table top…..

....now I can move out of the shop into the front area of the barn, where I have proceeded to take a piece of oak and rive it into four separate pieces with froe and mallet….

....and yes after the riving is done, I then proceeded to use the timber slick and timber framing chisel to start smoothing out the legs….

Next work in order is to start hand carving my wooden nails to use in the attaching of all wood and also start hand making my mortise and tenons….wood working at it’s best and it doesn’t get any better then this!

Thank you.
GODSPEED,
Frank
RusticWoodArt

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#1 posted 04-15-2007 04:16 PM

Frank. Great trip you are taking us on. It looks great.

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#2 posted 04-15-2007 04:39 PM

—-thanks Karson;
....great trip, great adventure and good fun as it should be!

GODSPEED,
Frank

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/

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#3 posted 04-15-2007 05:06 PM

Frank, can you recommend a good Froe? I would love to be able to split found wood down so that it will fit my bansaw. Any other tools you would recommend as part of a basic kit to deal with green wood?

Thanks

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#4 posted 04-15-2007 06:54 PM

From another time….

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#5 posted 04-15-2007 09:03 PM

another step in the project unfolding. I love it!

Some of your tools I am familiar with but most are new to me… Perhaps in upcoming blogs you could highlight a tool and kinda show us how it is used in the process??

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#6 posted 04-16-2007 12:53 AM

Hello Wayne;

First of all most of what I get in this area is what has been gathered over many-many years, and when I need something fast I will usually do the two hour drive down, two hours at the store and two hours home, which makes for an all day trip, since I will also stop at Borders on the way home and read for some hours there. I use Woodcraft for the timber framing tools that I get, since they are all thats around me, except that I also sometimes go to Rockler.

Much of what I get has also been gathered from estate sales, garage sales and ‘rooting around in old barns, which has given me a variety of hand tools. Hand made ‘bark spudders’, ‘hand made slicks, drawknives and various chisels, plus many others….

So as to answering you question as to a good froe, I get mine from Woodcraft and I cannot seem to wear them out. If the handle should break on my froe, chisels or should I wear out a mallet, and you will with the froe, timber chisels and mallets, then I just make my own.

In this list I am giving here, you should understand that except where I note a special tool with manufactures name, names don’t mean a lot to me as I have found that all these tools from woodworking stores like Woodcraft work good. When your paying $120.00 for a slick, why bother paying more….the slick I’m using now has been going good since purchased back in the summer of 2001. What’s more important is the taking of good care of the metal.

A good start is: 1) timber framing or boat builders slick; 3-3/8×10’’ ....$120.00

2) shingle froe; ....$50.00

3) mallet for froe and make it in a big size and small size, form the picture you will see a smaller size which comes from my wood pile. I might also add here that most all of my mallet and froe—- chisel handles are made from green wood, nothing fancy and yet in their making I do add a since of character to them. Wood that I have used, hardwood and I use it all….whatever is handy will work. I know that I may be taking some of the glamor off of mallets and handles here, but when you use them and go through them like I do, then I have found that whatever is around….works! Also I might mention that the timber framing slick is never struck with any object outside of you hand, that slick will fit under your shoulder or in both hands and it is pushed it will shave, plane, carve and clean up the wood.

That is the basics, but I also could not do with out these: 4) Broadax or Broadaxe, which I also use as a plane when I flip this one on it’s side. This is something one has to learn and if you are already into planes, well you will have to make that decision yourself. I never use a plane but with time have learned to use the slick, timber chisel and broadax in place of the plane; .....$200.00

5) Timber Framing & Boat Builder’s Slick; 1’’ and 1-1/2’’; ....$90.00 and $120.00

6) PFEIL Carving Adzes:
—-Straight Head Adze; ....$100.00
—-Curved Head Adze; ....$100.00

7) bark spudders which can be found rooting around in old barns and garage sales….

8) drawknives which can also be found at estate sales, garage sales and old barns….

Have I missed anything, well I’m sure I have so i you have any more questions feel free to ask.

I also cannot stop here without mentioning that all these tools are very lethal, try swinging the broadax or adzes without knowing what you are getting into and you may loose many body parts plus your life. I work with these all the time and much of that time is by myself alone. I have never taken them for granted and likewise concerning these tools, I also have no near misses to tell. The broadax and adze do not give one much chance to tell the story as you are the story that will be told.

Thank you.
Frank

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#7 posted 04-16-2007 02:01 AM

Note correction:
—-on the above, #5) should read as; Timber Framing Socket Firmer Chisel; 1’’ and 1-1/2’’, ....$90.00 and $110.00

....since I have already mentioned the Timber Slick in #1)

GODSPEED,
Frank

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/

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#8 posted 04-16-2007 04:10 AM

Thanks for the information Frank. I guess I read this a few hours too late. I was over at WoodCraft taking a class today and they had a pretty good looking Froe for about $40. I held off thinking I would come back and read what you had to say.

I’m assuming that the Slick is leaning against the Froe in you picture. They had one of those as well. I did not price it.

Do you turn your mallets or just carve them?

I’ve got a couple of draw knives and will have to keep my eye out for the rest at flea markets and yard sales. Thank you again. I will let you know how it goes.

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#9 posted 04-16-2007 05:20 AM

now this is a great work in progress… from log to finished piece,... by hand!

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#10 posted 04-16-2007 11:28 AM

Hi Wayne;
Sorry for not getting back in time yesterday….

Yes, the froe from Woodcraft there for $40.00 sounds about right and the slick from them will also cost around $110.00 – $120.00 depending on who does the edge honing.

In the picture there is a froe, timber slick, 1’’ socket framing firmer chisel and a ‘woodpile mallet’ which has been doing mallet time for about two months now. I was looking at it on Saturday and it want be long before I make another trip over to the wood pile. One of the reasons I use green wood for my mallets is that as they start to dry out, they start loosing some weight….which means less ‘umph and smack-um’ power.

Also one more note here, I could not get along in woodworking without the timber slick and 1’’ socket framing firmer chisel, and as a matter of fact the 1’’ firmer chisel is used constantly and always close at hand for whatever type of woodworking I am doing.

Thank you.
GODSPEED,
Frank

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/

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#11 posted 04-16-2007 11:40 AM

Hi Debbie;
—-yes I will think about showing how some of these tools are used and try to get some photos in the future of the work in ‘the process’.

What makes it so hard as to taking pictures of the work in process is; since I work alone, who takes the picture while I am swinging the mallet and connecting to the head of froe. And I have never been able to figure out how to take a picture of myself busy with a broadax in action, well more to think about….Ha!, and who said woodworking was easy or relaxing….but it sure is fun, like never a dull moment, matter of fact I cannot abide in dull moments and that is why I live in the NOW!!!

Thank you.
GODSPEED,
Frank

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/

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#12 posted 04-16-2007 11:53 AM

I never have dull moments either—there’s always something to contemplate or waiting to be created.

for the pix .. even if you show the tool with a before/after pix so I can see what it accomplishes, that would be good. And they do have tripods with timers ;) :D

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#13 posted 04-27-2007 03:16 PM

Sounds like you need to make a video, Frank. LOL. I’ve thought of how nice it would be to be able to show action shots myself, but like you, I’m usually alone in the shop.

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