Fellow LJ member Brian Havens flew out from his home in California Tuesday night to help me build a Shaker Bench for Charity. I think he may have questioned this decision as he arrived here in Billings at 11pm and the temperature was -3°. SNAP!
Immediately upon arriving to my place we went straight into the shop. The next couple of hours were spent talking about our shops and the differences. It was only after our voices were getting hoarse and eyes blurry from fatigue did we decide to go in the house and bag it for the night.
A Great Exchange of Ideas
The first day went well. I have a stockpile of black walnut in the shop that I had brought back from working in Ohio. The wood is acclimated and needs to be used up so I think it will be great for use in this Shaker Bench for Charity.
During the whole construction process we have been discussing everything from choosing the material, material interpretation, parts layout, and woodworking technique. Brian has not built a Shaker Bench before but he is an accomplished woodworker in his own right as you can see in his projects. I would say that the exchange was definitely a two way street.
In the afternoon I got a call from Andy, a metal sculptor and friend of mine. He wanted some input on a table base design he was working on. This was a perfect opportunity for Brian to meet another artist that influences me and exercise some design thought in another medium. His shop is conveniently located down a couple of blocks from mine so we took a break from our project and went to visit.
By the end of the day Brian and I had all the panels that required gluing up assembled and cut out. Most all of the other parts are milled and ready for final sanding. The only parts we have not milled yet are the drawers but that will happen today as the bench starts coming together.
It has been a great time sharing our passion for woodworking and collaborating on a project that will benefit local people with developmental disabilities. Many of the kids are people Rita & I know personally and that she has worked with through a program that she used to run.
We need to head back out to the shop and get crackin’, the auction is Friday night. If you would like to see more photos from yesterday check out the Flickr Album. It is open for public viewing.
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