Let’s rake some hay


Hey, man. Wanna have some fun?

Hayrake 3

What kind of fun?


[Radio silence.]

Building a hayrake table. Killer joinery (exposed tenons with trapped, scribed shoulders; bridle joints; cool geometry), carving lambs’ tongues, decorative gouging and inlaid butterfly keys—all at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking.

Hayrake 2

Laying out a lamb’s tongue

Hayrake 4

Cutting one exposed tenon with shoulders scribed to a curved stretcher is fun. Cutting a pair when the shoulders are trapped between stretchers at a fixed length is a challenge.

Hayrake 5

Preparing to trim a stretcher tenon

At the end of six days you’ll go home with a table–or, depending on your proficiency and other variables, you’ll at least go home with parts of the table ready for you to finish working on them, and you will be familiar with the techniques required to complete the build.

The class will run from July 8-13 (six days) and students are encouraged to build their table to their own dimensions. You can bring your own lumber or buy it before the start of class at Edensaw Woods.

Join me?

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7 Responses to Let’s rake some hay

  1. johncashman73 says:

    I love a good lamb’s tongue. It’s just such a beautiful shape.

  2. Daniel Williamson says:

    That would be a really awesome class to attend. Have fun all who can make it!

  3. That’s not the sort of slip I’d expect from an editor, Ms Hiller (from 8–13) 🙂
    Looks like a lovely build though. It’s such a shame you’re all on the wrong side of the Atlantic, otherwise I’d jump at the chance to participate

    • nrhiller says:

      It’s not a slip. These are inclusive dates, used for travel, courses, hotel stays, and the like. I.e., the course will run on those six days, which are Monday through Saturday. I always appreciate close reading, so thanks for that.

      • You’re welcome, of course. But I think you’ve misread my comment, for I didn’t mean to question the dates, or their inclusivity. In the present context, it should have read “from July 8 to 13”; I was reacting to the dash which, between two numbers, indicates a range. (You might say, for example and hypothetically, that “the workshop has facilities for 6–8 participants”.) But then I’m paid to be pedantic!

  4. Andy says:

    Terribly sad I can’t make this course. I just bought a large load of quartersawn oak to build this exact table out of your book. I can not tell you how big a fan of the book I am. Truly an incredible resource on the history, design, and build of the pieces.

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