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LostArtPress on InstagramOne measure that provides a good indication of the lifespan of a tree species is the “root-to-shoot” ratio of seedling trees. Most trees have a root-to-shoot ratio of less than one, i.e., where the total mass of the seedling tree is 100 percent, then the mass of the roots will comprise less than 50 percent of the total – there are more shoots above ground than there are roots underground. The ratio of root-to-shoot of most oak seedlings ranges between four and six, i.e., between 17 percent and 25 percent of the seedling mass is above ground and between 75 percent and 83 percent is underground. Some oaks have a quite staggering ratio of one part above ground to 10 parts, or more, below. This makes the root systems of oaks quite exceptional in comparison to many other tree species, even those grown in similar geographical locations. — from “Cut & Dried: A Woodworker’s Guide to Timber Technology” by Richard Jones #cut_and_driedMullet. When a frame is being grooved for a panel, either by plough, router, circular saw or spindle moulder, it is advisable to groove an off-cut of hardwood with the same setting. This is a mullet. When the panels are being fielded this is used to test the edge thickness. It can be easily slid the length of the panel and is more convenient than using a frame member. — from “The Solution at Hand” by Robert Wearing #The_Solution_at_HandI think we are building 17 chairs this week @marcadamsschoolofwoodworking. At any other school I’d be browning my trousers at the thought of 17 students in a chair class. But not here. The staff and facility make it as easy as teaching one student.
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John Hoffman – the co-founder of Lost Art Press – is divesting himself of some tools he no longer needs – and we’ve a handful remaining in the shop after the last open house (plus a few from me and … Continue reading
As on every second Saturday of the month the Lost Art Press storefront is open this Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., for all your book-browsing and woodworking-question needs. We have the entire line of books on display (as … Continue reading
Hang out with six (and in a couple cases a few more) of your new closest friends as you learn woodworking in our upcoming classes. Below are listed and linked those in which there are one or more bench spaces … Continue reading
I have little clue what Roy Underhill is doing in the picture above; it’s from 2012 when I was in North Carolina with Christopher Schwarz assisting on a tool chest class at The Woodwright’s School. My best guess, however, is … Continue reading
I wonder if Chris understood what he was unleashing when he first wrote about the Dutch Tool Chest. It’s the perfect blank canvas for woodworkers to exercise their ingenuity. Just a quick internet search will spill pages of configurations, colors, … Continue reading
Editor’s note: We’ve just sent Peter Follansbee’s book, “Joiner’s Work,” to the printer. It will be released in May. If you order a pre-publication copy from our store you will receive a free pdf of the book at checkout. I’ve … Continue reading