Body done, wedge done, plane iron done. If you are anything like me, eagerness to see some shavings has replaced all other desires at this stage! With a bit of luck, paper thin shavings will be curling out of the mouth. Isn’t it great! If not,...
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Location: Mosselbay, South Africa
I am a woodworker living at the bottom end of Africa. My workshop is out in the countryside, about 30km from the nearest town. I live for wood and make a living out of working wood. I have to be real versatile to do that, so my work ranges from art furniture and sculpture to finish carpentry and site commissions. Whatever I can get, as long as it’s wood! If I don’t get any work, I do spec pieces for a few galleries and hope they sell! (Mostly they do).
I also run a home built sawmill and cut most of my timber myself. The area I live in is known as The Garden Route and has many forests and timber plantations. I sometimes harvest trees myself; heavy, dangerous work but worth the effort in the end.
I am passionate about wood and working it in many different ways. I’ve been at it for over 20 years and I hope I can get another 20! There is so much to learn and one can never know it all. I guess you have to be passionate about wood if you want to make a living out of it. It ain’t always easy but always satisfying in the end. That’s why we do it!
-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."
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It makes me REAL happy to see that some guys have been inspired to make their own planes! For that reason, I will patiently bear the slowness of my backwater farm style dial up connection….. The last part to be made is the wedge. Just a simple ...
If this is happening a little too slow for your liking, it is because I have to make sawdust all day long to keep the wolf from the door. That is 10 hours gone. Making these little planes and blogging about it is mostly a night time affair, after ...
Building a wooden shoulder plane #3: The mouth. Don't open wide, we are not at the dentist! (sorry Ken)
As I write, my blue Monday is behind me but some of my American friends are still busy dealing with theirs! Let’s get rid of the blues and go back to our project. The glue is dry and we can pop the clamps. I’ve always liked this stage of a p...
24 hours later and I’m back in my favorite chair! It sounds like some has already sourced plane irons in many different ways. Good! Bertha is ordering a brandnew blade, Derosa found some old plane blades at a local junk store and his Dremel with c...