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Forum topic by kd_walmsley posted 10-16-2015 03:52 AM 867 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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kd_walmsley

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10-16-2015 03:52 AM

I have the privilege of spending two days with the workbenches of Hancock Shaker Village at the beginning of November. Please let me know if you need anything photographed or measured. I may have time to examine other artifacts in the village (furniture, moulding profiles, hardware, etc…) in detail, but no guarantee. I am a very poor photographer so bear with me.

Cheers,

Kevin


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Don W

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#1 posted 10-17-2015 12:20 PM

I live about an hour from there so I’ve been a couple of times. The benches and working shop is amazing. I’ve been on the hunt for a rotory planer ever since I went the first time.

I posted some pictures after my last visit,https://timetestedtools.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/hancock-shaker-village/

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#2 posted 10-17-2015 02:25 PM

Building Shaker-style furniture is my favorite type to build…I really like the clean, crisp lines, and no fancy frills. The Shakers had a saying: Form follows function…..I would really like to learn from them…..I have several books on building Shaker furniture, and to me, it’s all about simplicity and form…..

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#3 posted 10-17-2015 02:34 PM

Next to the Studley bench and tool cabinet, the shaker bench you have posted has to be one of the most Iconic pieces in American woodworking. I think it’s one of those standards by which others are measured.

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#4 posted 10-17-2015 03:55 PM

Kevin I live about an hour away as well. Just in the other direction from DonW. The shops are a real eye opener. Most of the buildings have internal designs way ahead of their time, moveable walls, kitchens that can accommodate a few to several hundred dinners. I’m due for a return visit. What is the occasion for your trip?

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#5 posted 10-17-2015 03:57 PM

That’s a magnificent workbench. I would love to go there.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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kd_walmsley

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#6 posted 10-17-2015 05:53 PM

Don W,

I too have a serious man crush on the rotary planer in the Laundry/Machine Shop. I’d probably walk off with the line shaft setup if I could get it my luggage :) Thanks for posting the picture link.

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kd_walmsley

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#7 posted 10-17-2015 06:15 PM

Theoldfart and Don W,

I’m driving out to my place in Colorado and have a few extra days so I borrowed the Tannery Classroom for a couple days. I’ll be there 10/31-11/1. Let me know if you’ll stop by. I’ll leave some entrance tickets for you. My wife will be making Shaker boxes and I’ll be bodging together a cupboard with some of my old hand tools.

-Kevin

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#8 posted 10-17-2015 06:19 PM

Kevin, I’ll take you up on that. Can you PM the details?

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#9 posted 10-17-2015 07:13 PM

I’ll have to check the bosses schedule and will let you know.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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