Exercises in Artisanship #33: Exercises in Artisanship #32: The Woodrights Galoot library Part 4

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Blog entry by jjw5858 posted 11-19-2012 11:06 PM 5034 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The temperatures here are starting to show us some fall weather finally. Things in the air seem somewhat regulated which I prefer for working in my unheated shop. A steady 45-55 degrees makes me enjoy the heavier work more wether it’s sawing some big cherry pieces or hewing down stock for future wooden ware.

I enjoy some of those certain days when the sun stays in more than not, it sort of provides me the feeling of wearing my favorite flannel shirt and heading off into that zone so many of us lumber folks like to go. Wether heated or out in the sticks we all have our favorite things that inspire our craving to work with wood.

It’s a curious fetish I think at times, all of this fumbling about hurriedly creating and playing with all these instruments. We chase our ideas like warped scientists searching for the perfect slabs to unfold our designs and puzzle them together and maybe this time it will cure the yearning to do it all over again…..but it never does.

It’s a positive escape and granted there are far worse ones for people to jump into. I look back into the files of my thoughts and still think it is unfathomable that I have taken the road of hand tools and building anything more than second rate house of cards.

Within all of the construction, creation and even confusion I submit that the tools have given me an education more of my self than of simple measures and where to place the nails.

Each piece of the project become more personal when the entire job is worked by hand, I would say it provides a hidden zen and added regard for some form of self reliance within ourselves. The times spent make the outcome satisfying when they reach my finish line. I appreciate the exchange of ideas and comments from all of you great artisans out there.

So back to the lab I found it time to try some chip carving. I figured this may add some light ornamentation country style to this Galoot Library. When in doubt try easy things and go for it especially if it’s light pine…you can’t lose with a decent template and the will to want to push for something farther down the tracks of woodworking wisdom!

Let’s take a look at the trouble I am in now….lol.

Pic 1-3: I am really pleased how the roundness of these side pieces have fashioned out. I used the chisels to chamfer them shown in the last installment followed up by 100 and 220 girt medium sandpapers to make for a silky smooth output!




Pic 4: With the Pfiel chip carving knife ready to take me on a lesson…..I set myself up for some chip carving for the center of the shelfs backboard!


Pic 5-7: I hardly have much experience in the field of chip carving although my most important tips are to make sure your thumb is supported to provide you with a strong fulcrum and always angle your blade inward towards one another to “chip” out the piece. Also take your time and do some practice laps on some scrap!




Pic 8: It’s all in the lighting when it comes to the business of chip carving. I was pleased with this session. I received those nice chips fairly clean without getting so messy and making ragged cuts. This excusion was probably only my eighth or ninth time doing so between trying it here and there within the last two years……....yay! Don’t be afraid to cheer yourself on when your work becomes to tight. I find we all need more of this to jaunt oursevles into the right headspace so we may grow in all these fields of skill. When you cannot find the satisfaction of it…..remember it will improve with every repeated practice of the exercise.

Pic 9-10: Or…say the hell with the chip carving and get yourself a cool old hollow plane. This was a boat load of money…..... a whole one dollar bill from a nice guy having some fun selling things last christmas at our local auction…lol. Fun to use, fairly off it’s accuracy….just my style….hell of a good time….lmao! This was used to round over the lip of the shelf to hold meeee woodriggghts thingssss mates!



Pic 11-12: Mistake time in the gallery of all things wood. In my enjoyment a few weeks back I was haveing such a good time using my Drill and smelling the sweet pine in the shop….....oooops….I surely put the drill holes in the wrong section. I forgot the detailed skirt of my piece would be inset….and put my two holes so the skirt would be flush to the front…..well flush that down the drain…lol. I originally was going to make cut out side pieces to dress over the wrong holes….....but…ahhh…...looked sort of tacky…too thick as well. I want flow here…...something that rides along the piece with comfort and confidence lacking over amounts of….”stuck on stuff”. So a little Elmers wood glue and a laugh about it will fix her just fine. The little penciled circles are now the proper holes to marry the front piece.



I hope you all got a little something from this version of the build. Of course you know the song all too well…...sanding, fitting…..finishing! All of the final tasks are in store for the future of this project now. I need to get moving too as christmas awaits and I do have some spoon orders!. Where are the elves when you need them….lol.

Thank you all so much for your time and inspiration. I appreciate all of my comments and LJ buddies. Of course I have been extremely fortunate to have many regular visits from some of my list..and that’s something that definitely keeps my spirit extra charged for learning more. Ironic that I use little to no electric in my work but how wonderful it is to reach out all over the globe through the internet and make so many interesting and talented friends. I guess it’s no more than like the old days having a CB radio….we have handles (nicknames) and everything…lol. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving friends…and you all get a BIG TEN FOUR!

Be well and keep creating!


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#1 posted 11-19-2012 11:17 PM

This is coming along real well. Like the chip carving you have done… really looks good.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 11-20-2012 12:13 AM

I don’t always get the chance to read your blogs as you post them. When I do I’m encouraged to try my hand at new techniques. I’ve thought about chip carving in the past but haven’t made the leap. I don’t want to go the cheap route and I know that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get started. What do you reccomend?

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#3 posted 11-20-2012 01:34 AM

I love the presentation of chip carving, Joe. Never saw it done, now I know! :-) Thanks very much!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#4 posted 11-20-2012 01:38 AM

You make it look easy with your skill. We of course know it is anything but.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 11-20-2012 03:42 PM

Joe get you a stove for that shop and warm yourself with your scraps.
The chip carving is a great addition and you cant beat a dollar plane.
Nicely done.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#6 posted 11-20-2012 03:54 PM

Wow, looks great man. I love the chip carving.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#7 posted 11-20-2012 07:09 PM

Looking good Joe and you can easily cover those holes up with one of your bespoke design elements.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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