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Picture This C — Pegs and ‘Tails

I follow this blog and love the insights into period furniture. This a mistake by Chippendale no less. “All craftsmen make blunders, but what separates the truly great ones is the ability to redress their mistakes.” Regular reader, Burbidge, emailed me about an aspect of the mahogany linen press in figure 1. It conforms closely to the drawing in Thomas Chippendale’s Cabinet Maker’s Director and was almost certainly made by him: The bracket […] via Picture This C — Pegs and 'Tails

By |December 7th, 2016|Categories: Furniture, News|Tags: |0 Comments
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Wood turning from China

This is quite fascinating https://vimeo.com/134804111 Look at the way they turn these bowls. Willow isn’t expensive and there is plenty around. Yet they choose to waste as little as possible. Japanese woodworking always amazes me, the quality of the design and craftsmanship are unsurpassed. And it’s all more impressive when we see the simple tools they use. via Turning a set of Shawo bowls — The Dutch Luthier

By |August 28th, 2016|Categories: News, Woodturning|0 Comments

Blog interrupted by Spoonfest and Taljfest — Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notes

I have shamelessly reposted this form Peter Follansbee's blog. I didn't even realise that there was such a thing as an international wooden spooncarving festival in UK and Sweden on week apart. Would have been great to see but alas Australia is too far away. Just when I pick things up, I gotta put ’em down. I’m off in a little while to England for Spoonfest http://spoonfest.co.uk/ – my first time at this now-renowned event. Can’t wait. After that, I’m going over to Sweden for Taljfest – http://www.saterglantan.com/evenemang/taljfest/ and then touring around Sweden a bit with Jogge Sundqvist. So there […] via Blog interrupted by Spoonfest and Taljfest — Peter Follansbee, joiner's notes

By |August 1st, 2016|Categories: News|0 Comments

Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830 — Pegs and ‘Tails

For my North American reader: Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830 – an exhibition, August 19, 2016–January 8, 2017. Mahogany ‘desk and bookcase’ by Christopher Townsend, circa 1745–50. (Yale University) This groundbreaking exhibition presents a comprehensive survey of Rhode Island furniture from the colonial and early Federal periods, including elaborately carved chairs, […] via Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830 — Pegs and 'Tails

What’s this Stropping Magic? — Lost Art Press

If you’ve read even a little bit of the sharpening information in “The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years,” you’ve probably noticed how much they discuss stropping. We’ve had several questions from readers about this. Why do some people strop and some people don’t? Should we all be stropping? Is stropping outdated? Is it fayrie […] via What’s this Stropping Magic? — Lost Art Press

By |May 15th, 2016|Categories: News|1 Comment

A welding cart

This post is as much about the project as trying something new on Wordpress. I have built a cart for my new mig welder. Strictly speaking this is not a woodworking project but it's part of my workshop. I read in several places that this is the first thing most people do with their new welder. I.m not alone at least. There is a little bit of woodworking in the top shelf and the tray below. The last thing that I am having a go at in this post is to try some short code to insert  a gallery of photos. Heres hoping that it works.  

By |May 23rd, 2015|Categories: News|0 Comments

Catawampus

A new word for a new year. Catawampus is a word that I heard on a youtube video american slang for awry or misaligned. This is being written from a Nexus 7 tablet. I would prefer to be using the native android app for WordPress. There is currently an issue with posting to self hosted WordPress blogs. The issues is also applicable to the iOS version of the app. Whilst I can post from a browser; as I am the apps are much slicker.  […]

By |January 1st, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Scrollsaw basics

I unpacked the my new scroll saw today. After much deliberation thinking and talking I decided that i would buy the Excalibur 21 inch saw.  I have to say that the saw was very nicely packed and worked straight out of the box only requiring that the power cable be inserted.  I am not sure what the exact name of the saw is as the manufacturer seems to be transitioning form Excalibur to General and now its sports a shiny new black paint job rather than the previous drab green. There are lots of videos on youtube that show the saw being unboxed or reviewed.  The saw is smooth and very quiet so for now I am very happy with it. I will do some videos once I have had time to get some projects organised. I mainly want to use it to make carving blanks for a style of Scandinavian carving that I am interested in. Being able to rough out the figures first will save time and hopefully improve accuracy.

By |September 7th, 2014|Categories: News|0 Comments

DAMN Spam

I have been finding lots of  spam comments on this blog. Initially I got excited and thought that I was getting lots of comments. But the rubbish comments soon dispelled that myth.  I realised that akismet was not activated so hopefully the spam is gone. I have another blog which has the akismet service activated and I get no spam. Here is hoping a couple of days will settle this. Update looks like akismet is doing its thing!

By |August 12th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments