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Whetstones for Dull Wits and Liars

If you are a diligent woodworker you have a sharpening station, all your edge tools are clean and sharp and your sharpening stones nice and flat. How about your mind? Sharp, or nice and flat? What about your truthiness? It … Continue reading

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Arthur Boon’s ‘Make Do’ Chairs

  Packing cases, weatherboards, fencing wire, garden stakes, picture frames and thread spools. Arthur Boon used all of these (and possibly more) to make his chairs. Arthur Boon lived and made his chairs in Billy’s Creek near Dorrigo, New South … Continue reading

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The ‘Spirited’ Workshop – Part 2

Bacchus in the form of Saint Lundi sits astride a barrel and offers drinks to a group of craftsmen. Each craftsman has his own verse in the song printed on the broadsheet. Spot the menuisier and read his verse to … Continue reading

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The ‘Spirited’ Workshop – Part 1

Part 1 includes the drinking of alcoholic beverages in the workshop and at the work site, the practice of footings and fees collected in the workshop and drinking after the workday ended. Before water was clean and safe to drink … Continue reading

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From Six to Six

The struggle to change the workday from sunrise to sunset to a ten-hour day was long and contentious. There were legal challenges to overcome in a country that had long followed English laws and customs. As journeymen formed their own … Continue reading

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Rest for the Weary

Pride in Craft and Accomplishment The completion of the Erie Canal, the first navigable water link between the Northeast and the Midwest, was cause for celebration. A grand procession was held with the participation of the various artisan societies, including … Continue reading

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A Tour of John Hill’s Workshop

In “The Tate Gallery Illustrated Biennial Report 1983-1984” two of the recently acquired works were paintings of carpentry shops. The articles that discuss the history and importance of the acquired works are usually written by curators and museum department heads. … Continue reading

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