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For the Sailors and Boat Lovers #6: Art that Floats: Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival 2014

09-12-2014 04:21 PM by shipwright | 27 comments »

Fine woodworking is not all about beautiful boxes and handsome furniture. Some of my favourite examples of fine woodworking float and transport their owners to far away places to boot. Last weekend I had the pleasure to take part in the annual Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. Here are a few of my photos. This is an overview of about a quarter of the festival area. ......... tens of thousands of fine fits and joints out there. Thousands of them right here. A small part o...

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Open Apron Nesting Tables #2: Ebonizing and Burl Matching

08-28-2014 12:51 AM by shipwright | 20 comments »

I didn’t take any photos of the ebonizing process originally, but since several people expressed an interest I made a little video today. It shows the process in real time on a piece of off-cut Walnut from one of the legs. Ebonizing is a simple process that lots of people do and it works well on any naturally high tannin wood. I understand that with the addition of outside tannin in the form of a tea wash it can be effective on non tannin bearing woods as well although I have no expe...

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A walnut sofa table with Jacobean influences

04-30-2008 03:36 AM by John Fry | 17 comments »

First I want to thank everyone who visited and responded to my last two project blogs; A small table that took a whole lot of work A veneering extravaganza! As always I welcome your comments AND critiques on this latest project. This commissioned sofa table’s concept was borrowed from a late seventeenth century round gate-leg table. The client wanted it in a dark walnut with “antique shading”, and asked that the back of the table be as detailed as the front so it could be u...

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