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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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Category Archives: Roman Workbenches
This is an excerpt from “Ingenious Mechanicks” by Christopher Schwarz. The first time I saw the bench in Peter Nicholson’s “Mechanic’s Companion” (1831), I thought: That’s not right – the benchtop has only a planing stop. There are no holes for holdfasts, dogs or other … Continue reading
This time last year Chris Schwarz and Narayan Nayar were in Naples, Italy. In between consuming vast quantities of pizza they made a visit to Pompeii to study and photograph a fresco depicting a Roman workbench (Daedalus and Queen Pasiphae … Continue reading
One of my peculiarities is that I try to complete the writing for a book before the close of the calendar year. I believe I’ve been doing this ever since writing “Campaign Furniture.” Maybe longer. This year is no different. … Continue reading
It’s been almost six months since my last haircut and three months since my last shave. This is not intentional. I simply don’t care what I look like or what others think of my visage (hey, a Fancy Lad term!). … Continue reading
Before heading out for Charleston, S.C., to visit my dad, I added a couple face vises to my circa 1505 Holy Roman Workbench. These vises have no screws and no real jaws. Instead they clamp the work with a wedge. … Continue reading
The only thing that disappoints me about my Saalburg workbench is the finish. It’s not jet black like the original I studied in Germany in June. Of course, when the bench was thrown down a well circa 200 A.D., it … Continue reading