Category Archives: Woodworking in Estonia

Unsegmented Felly Wheels

This is an excerpt from “Woodworking in Estonia” by Ants Viires; translated by Mart Aru. Unsegmented felloes in Estonia and Latvia were always bent from ash wood. In Russia too, ash was occasionally used, although oak and elm were preferred. The Assikvere wheelright used ash … Continue reading

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Estonian Spoons and Bowls

This is an excerpt from “Woodworking in Estonia” by Ants Viires and translated by Mart Aru. Until the beginning of the century, spoons and ladles for home use were generally produced by the peasants themselves. The preferred timber was that of birch, hard pieces … Continue reading

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Preparation for Bending Wood

This is an excerpt from “Woodworking in Estonia” by Ants Viires; translated by Mart Aru. MATERIAL USED. In Europe bent-board containers were made of various types of timber. The flexible and easily cut aspen was popular in Estonia, and was also widely used … Continue reading

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Roman Workbenches. In Spain. In a Japanese Book

Furniture conservator and cabinetmaker Martin O’Brien sent us these intriguing images of low workbenches being used by Spanish woodworkers to build ladderback chairs. And, to add to the multicultural mix, it comes from a book in Japanese. To me it … Continue reading

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Much of a Muchness – Japanese & Estonian Cooperage

You never know what you might find when viewing Fujisan in a Japanese woodblock print. The tool the cooper is using looked very familiar and then I remembered the tools from “Woodworking in Estonia” by Ants Viires. The bigger Japanese … Continue reading

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Estonian Benches

This is an excerpt from “Woodworking in Estonia” by Ants Viires; translation by Mart Aru. The use of the plane presumes a base on which the item being planed is fastened. For a long time a simple low working bench, … Continue reading

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Letting Wood Have Its Say

In his introduction to “Woodworking in Estonia” Mr. Peter Follansbee captured the spirit of this book when he wrote, “The products featured in the book are everyday items found in country households, combining utility and beauty in ways that speak … Continue reading

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