If you seek to improve your mind during these trying times, Ed Sutton at FirstLightWorks has an excellent diversion for you: a free downloadable sector and instruction sheet.
To get started, click here to visit the page at FirstLightWorks where you can download the plan for the sector and the instructions. Then you just have to print it out, cut it out, assemble it and take it for a spin.
— Christopher Schwarz
We’ve added a few more classes for 2019, including a two-class visit from internationally known spoon carver JoJo Wood!
Click through the titles below to read more about each class. Registration will go live next Monday (Feb. 18, 2019) at 10 a.m.
Intro to Spoon Carving with JoJo Wood – June 17
In this one-day class that’s suitable for beginning carvers, you’ll learn knife and axe skills, make a lot of woodchips and finish the day with a spoon that’s ready to use at home!
Eating Spoon Master Class with JoJo Wood – June 18-19
The perfect eating spoon should be a balance of smooth aesthetic, and function. It should feel great in both hand and mouth, carrying food comfortably without any spills. JoJo’s spoons are at the top of their game, performing exceptionally and looking beautiful. In this course she will teach her technique for bringing out the best spoon from each piece of wood, with all her tips and tricks from years of carving.
Build the “Anarchist’s Tool Chest” with Megan Fitzpatrick – Aug. 19-23
If you don’t like dovetails, this is not the class for you. If you’d like to learn dovetails (while you build a sturdy chest that holds about 50 hand tools…which is to say almost all the hand tools you need to build furniture), this is absolutely the class for you – you’ll get plenty of instruction and practice.
Build the Cabinetmaker’s Sector with Brendan Gaffney – Nov. 23-24
In this two-day class, students will build their own Cabinetmaker’s Sector, Brendan Gaffney’s modernized design for the ancient geometer’s tool, used for drawing, drafting and (in his shop) the layout of dimensions and joinery on woodwork. The class will revolve around the skills of modern hand-tool makers, including careful marking and measuring, mixing metal and wood, hand shaping, finishing and (of course) how to use the tool.
We also have some slots remaining in already announced classes – so check those out, too!
And as always, if you have questions about the classes, send me an email at email@example.com (not the Lost Art Press help email).
This Saturday and Sunday, I’ll be here at the Lost Art Press Storefront running my second class on building the Cabinetmaker’s Sector. The last class was fantastic and yielded a great batch of new sectors.
I’ve had a spot open up at the last minute, and with an error on our event management website the waiting list was disabled and deleted. So – allow me to extend an invitation to one of you out there to come down this weekend and learn some toolmaking! I’ve copied the class description, tool list and cost below. A quick note on the tool list – because this is last minute, don’t be concerned if you don’t have one or two of the tools. I’ll have plenty of extras to lend out during the class.
If you’d like to attend, let me know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m thrilled to be teaching this class – and I want to get a full class of new sectors out there into the world!
Build the Cabinetmaker’s Sector with Brendan Gaffney
June 2-3, 2018
Cost: $300, which includes all materials. (Email me to register a spot at email@example.com)
In this two-day class, students will build their own Cabinetmaker’s Sector, my modernized design for the ancient geometer’s tool, used for drawing, drafting and (in my shop) the layout of dimensions and joinery on woodwork. The class will revolve around the skills of modern hand-tool makers, including careful marking and measuring, mixing metal and wood, hand shaping, finishing and (of course) how to use the tool.
Each student will be provided the wood and the necessary brass hinges and pins, everything needed to produce the sector. The first day will revolve around affixing the brass and wooden tabs into the tools, riveting the leaves together, flattening and lapping the tools and reviewing the principles behind the geometry of the sector. The second day will revolve around shaping the sectors, stamping and inking the sector marks, finishing the sectors and learning to use them in the shop. Every student will leave with a completed sector, plus the knowledge of how it works and how to use it.
Optional (bring ‘em if you got ‘em):
This is an excerpt from “By Hound and Eye” by Geo. R. Walker and Jim Tolpin; illustrated by Andrea Love.
Now let’s move past bisection and divide a line into a bunch of evenly spaced intervals.
This process is useful for laying out such things as:
Now let’s divide a line up into four equal segments; first with dividers and then with the sector.
As you have likely guessed by now, you can use the sector to find most any number of segments.
Now let’s do something practical, such as spacing fasteners evenly on the side of a tool tote.
— Meghan Bates