9-minute video of Swedish wordworkers in 1923

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Forum topic by Brett posted 02-23-2012 11:52 PM 1587 views 1 time favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2012 11:52 PM

I came across this video of some Swedish woodworkers, made in 1923. Pretty interesting.

-- More tools, fewer machines.

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#1 posted 02-24-2012 12:13 AM

Interesting. Thanks. I liked the the large carving tool that he used to carve the notches for the bottom of the bucket to fit together. I like the way he leaned it against his shoulder for leverage. I guess the only modern tool close to doing what that tool can do, at least that I have in my shop, would be the skew chisel for the lathe.

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#2 posted 02-24-2012 01:30 AM

They really get with the program. Like that two man plane. Also their tools must be razor sharp to cut as fast as they do.

-- Joe

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#3 posted 02-24-2012 01:43 AM

Fascinating stuff. Thanks for posting.

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#4 posted 02-24-2012 01:49 AM

That’s awesome. I complain about not having enough clamps and these guys use their chins, chest, feet, knees, etc.

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#5 posted 02-24-2012 03:10 AM

That was great. I imagine even in 1923 that was beginning to be a lost art. I’m glad somebody had the foresight to film it.

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#6 posted 02-24-2012 04:31 AM

Thats a fun video. Thanks for posting it.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#7 posted 02-24-2012 05:30 AM

WOW now that’s cool. I call that true craftsmanship.

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#8 posted 02-24-2012 01:59 PM

See, I don’t need a planer, just the right axe…

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#9 posted 02-24-2012 02:22 PM


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#10 posted 02-24-2012 02:29 PM

Yep, that goes on my “bucket list” for sure! Thanks for sharing.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#11 posted 02-24-2012 02:32 PM

Boy if I was that fast I shore could get a lot done in a day’s time.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#12 posted 02-24-2012 02:49 PM

Great video, thanks for sharing it!

Those knives must have been super sharp!!!

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#13 posted 02-24-2012 03:12 PM

Very nice!

Embarrasses me a bit to see their result and then see some of my results, considering my power tools.

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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#14 posted 02-24-2012 03:45 PM

Interesting that their techniques were sort of a hybrid between Western and Eastern.

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#15 posted 02-24-2012 04:09 PM

Great Video,
They don’t seem to be too worried about tear out.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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