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- For Accurate Angles, Go to the ChalkboardLaying out accurate angles on your work is critical. So it’s funny to me that we spend $100 on a … The post For Accurate Angles, Go to the Chalkboard appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.
- Can Soap Flakes Go Bad?I’m a big fan of a soap finish for certain projects. It doesn’t provide a lot of protection to wooden … The post Can Soap Flakes Go Bad? appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.
- Skip the Fancy Digital Indicators for MachinesI’ll probably get in trouble for this one, but here goes. Don’t waste your money on the digital indicators that … The post Skip the Fancy Digital Indicators for Machines appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.
- Use Rosin to Tighten up Your Band SawNo matter how nice your band saw is, it’s still a fussy instrument with a lot of settings that are … The post Use Rosin to Tighten up Your Band Saw appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.
- For Accurate Angles, Go to the Chalkboard
LostArtPress on InstagramWide air-dried walnut is worth the sweat when the machines don’t make the cut. @burnheartmade and I have plunged into building a Monticello bookcase for a customer. Mitered dovetails — tons of them — are in our future.Mr. Papadakis connected me with a third-generation carving shop in Athens, Greece. It was a workshop where he first worked when starting his carving career. I traveled overseas again to the studio of Theofanis Andravidiotis and learned and worked alongside several Greek master carvers and their apprentices for three months. The workshop was famous for its carved interiors of Greek Orthodox churches in two classical styles: the Byzantine and Cretan (a style similar to Rococo and Baroque, also called Barocco). I spoke just enough Greek to lose an argument with a taxi driver and to recognize when I was sworn at by others in the workshop, which fortunately was not frequently. The other carvers must have thought it peculiar for a young American female to work in a traditional all-male workshop in a foreign country. I enjoyed the unique learning experience, so the environment was all part of the adventure. The workday consisted of starting precisely at 8 a.m., taking a break for thick, Greek coffee and tasty pastries around 10 a.m. and stopping for lunch at 1 p.m. After lunch we rested, started up again at 3 p.m. and continued until 7 or 8 p.m. They were long days, but it was fascinating to work as carvers have done for countless generations. — from “Carving the Acanthus Leaf” by Mary May #Carving_the_Acanthus_LeafFig. 11-1. Made with one hollow. By altering the angle of the moulding and the fillets, you can vary your mouldings tremendously. Fig. 11-2. Different circles. Combining one cove and one ovolo greatly expands the number of mouldings you can create with a few planes. Fig. 11-3. With a second pair of planes. Add a second pair of hollow and round planes and you can make an even wider variety of shapes. — from “Mouldings in Practice” by Matthew Sheldon Bickford. @msbickford #Mouldings_in_Practice
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Although my paternal grandfather, Morris Hiller, died before I was born, my father has gone a long way toward impressing on me the kind of man his dad was. His motto: “Beware of unappreciative people.” I will never forget being … Continue reading
On Wednesday Freddy Roman wrote an Instagram post that was part-tribute to his mentor, Phil Lowe, and part-lament. “Master Lowe’s picture sits above my desk. A daily reminder from circa 2000 when I was punk, lost, and running. I don’t … Continue reading
You never know where a comment on an Instagram or blog post may take you. In this case, a comment by woodworker Adam Godet was the impetus for a seminar in our nation’s capital. “Great post!” he wrote. “Love your work … Continue reading
Every so often someone contacts me to ask for advice about quitting a day job and going into furniture making as a full-time endeavor. They’ve taken some classes and built some pieces — sometimes eye-poppingly impressive ones — on their … Continue reading
A friend recently saw a picture of one of my kitchen jobs and remarked “You get to work in such cool places.” It’s true. I do, some of the time — though let’s acknowledge that one person’s cool is another … Continue reading
If there’s one thing I can say about readers of the Lost Art Press blog it’s that you’re a thoughtful lot. Thank you for your comments on my last post. In an effort to stanch* the misunderstanding, I decided it … Continue reading