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- The Case for Long, Long (16’) LumberI use Southern yellow pine for a lot of shop projects, especially for building workbenches and sawbenches. But I also … The post The Case for Long, Long (16’) Lumber appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.
- Sorry, But I Have to Mention Fire SafetyLast week, the woodshop across the street from mine caught on fire. Luckily, no one was hurt, the firemen arrived … The post Sorry, But I Have to Mention Fire Safety appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.
- Yes, Ripple Moulding Exists (and is Awesome)Whenever I explain how “ripple moulding” is made by a “waving engine” – a circa 17th-century machine – most woodworkers … The post Yes, Ripple Moulding Exists (and is Awesome) appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.
- Limbert – Second Fiddle to the Stickleys?Like any Arts & Crafts enthusiast, I like the Gustav and L. & J.G. Stickley classics. But ever since I … The post Limbert – Second Fiddle to the Stickleys? appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.
- The Case for Long, Long (16’) Lumber
LostArtPress on InstagramThe bottom of this drawer from Fisher’s desk not only shows the rough fore plane marks, but also the tear-out and knots he often left in his furniture. While this might be surprising to some readers, this kind of workmanship was standard on secondary surfaces. Despite the fact that I have fallen in love with Fisher’s work, I knew I needed to avoid writing hagiography. It is important to be up front about the fact that his work is not going to impress prestigious connoisseurs. Fisher did not build ostentatious masterpieces for the urban elite. Instead, his calling was to provide simple furniture made of local woods for his conservative, budget-conscious clientele. Fisher was transparent about his mistakes, too. On Dec. 30, 1814, he wrote, “Painted a little upon Dec. Stevens’ sleigh. Worked the rest of the day on picture frame plane stock. Stuck a chisel in the thumb of my left hand.” In March of 1805, after having done the task many times before, he wrote, “Worked upon a chair; broke it putting it together. Began another.” It’s Fisher’s honesty that makes this story so compelling. What woodworker can’t relate to an unsuccessful assembly or to workshop injuries? These everyday jour nal entries provide the context to understand Fisher’s work. Historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich provides this assessment of the quotidian nature of the diary of a midwife contemporary to Fisher, “Both the difficulty and the value of the diary lie in its astonishing steadiness. … (I)t is in the very dailiness, the exhaustive, repetitious dailiness, that the real power … lies.” Indeed. It is this very fact that makes this survival so significant. The story of Fisher allows us to step into his world to see what life was like for a 19th-century furniture maker on the eastern frontier. — from “Hands Employed Aright: The Furniture Making of Jonathan Fisher (1768-1847)” by Joshua A. Klein #Hands_Employed_ArightThank goodness that monkeys today have much better choices when it comes to footwear for cycling. #sponsoredGerman archaeologists are a good deal more practical than the French, British or American ones I’ve worked with. But that knowledge didn’t prepare me for the three little words Rüdiger Schwarz said to me on June 8, 2017. “Pick it up.” The “it” was a low workbench that had been recovered in 1901 from well No. 49 at the Roman fort in Saalburg, Germany. Though the scientists at Saalburg haven’t been able to date this particular workbench, a second similar bench from well No. 49 was dated to 187 C.E. That would make this “it” the oldest surviving workbench of which I am aware. And “it” was between my legs. Dutifully, I reached down, grasped one end of the cool black surface of the oak bench and lifted it a few inches off the floor. Rüdiger grasped the other end. We guided the bench about 3' into a small hallway. I put it down as gently I could – my hands trembling and my stomach lurching. Then, like a team of coroners, Rüdiger, Bengt Nilsson, Görge Jonuschat and I examined every detail of the bench, from toolmarks on its underside to the interior configuration of the mortise for the planing stop. We measured the bench. Photographed everything. We took a break, then we came back and repeated the process to make sure we hadn’t missed anything. — from “Ingenious Mechanicks” by Christopher Schwarz #Ingenious_Mechanicks
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- With Apologies To Ray Bradbury donsbarn.com/with-apologies… #woodworking #feedly 8 hours ago
- RT @MortiseTenonMag: Two New Fisher Items Now in Our Store! mortiseandtenonmag.com/blogs/blog/two… 10 hours ago
Category Archives: John Brown Book
We are fast closing in on the publication date of the classic book “Welsh Stick Chairs” by John Brown. This compact book has had a profound effect on woodworkers and designers all over the world. It is the story of … Continue reading
After five long days in the shop, Chris Williams has sent six new Welsh stick chairs into the wilds of America. My hope is that these chairs work like seeds, and an appreciation for this form will take root and … Continue reading
When John Brown taught chair classes in the United States in the 1990s, he famously threw a student’s machinist calipers into a lake to make a point about how his chairs should be built. Then, while teaching at John Wilson’s … Continue reading
With many woodworking classes, the goal is for every student to end up with identical chairs, tool chests or side tables. But that approach is opposite to the spirit of a Welsh stick chair. Welsh stick chairs weren’t manufactured (and … Continue reading
Today I’m going to tell you a nice story. Later in the week I’ll tell you a shocking one. For the last couple weeks I’ve been unusually chipper, despite all the crap I’ve been managing with my father’s estate. In … Continue reading
You can now register for the chairbuilding class with Chris Williams via this link. Note: Registering for the class or the waiting list is free – they won’t ask you for a credit card to register. After the dust settles, … Continue reading
Chris Williams and I have decided to hold this Welsh stick chair class on May 21-25, 2018, at our Covington, Ky., shop. Registration will open at noon Eastern time on Friday, Oct. 13. You can read more about the class … Continue reading