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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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While you work feverishly to finish a commission for a customer or gifts for family and friends do you sometimes find yourself giving the side eye to those acquiring gifts with the mere click of a button? Perhaps you are … Continue reading
At the beginning of every class I teach, I try to remember to make a little speech. It goes something like this: You are welcome to take photos or videos of everything you learn here. And you can post these … Continue reading
I’ve long been fascinated by the association between bees and woodworkers (and other laborers). Images of bees and skeps (early beehives) show up frequently on books and other ephemera related to woodworkers in the 19th and early 20th centuries. This … Continue reading
In some old images of staked stools and chairs, you’ll find the legs and other components are a bit curved. Sometimes this is the result of the “hedge carpenter” using a curved branch scavenged from the woods. Or from using … Continue reading
I get asked to promote crowdfunding efforts all the time. I almost never say yes because most of the campaigns are ridiculous, ill-planned or just bad ideas. But this one is different. Auriou (Forge De Saint Juery) is fighting for … Continue reading
For me, woodworking tourism is the best kind of tourism, though I resist dragging my family along when I go to lumberyards, museum exhibits or auctions. I want them to remember me fondly when I’m dead. Luckily, these days I … Continue reading