Woodworking in Estonia now available from Lost Art Press

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Lost Art Press just announced they are now taking orders for their new translation of Woodworking in Estonia – go order yours, don’t even think about it. I saw it as they were working on it, it will open your mind about woodworking.

If you ever thought you’ve seen this book based on the 1969 US version, forget it. You ain’t seen nothin’. If you wasted your eyesight on the online version that was floating around some years ago, even worse. Now you’ll be able to see what this book is meant to be.

Congrats, Chris, John & the rest of LAP cohorts. Nice going.

read some of the story here: https://blog.lostartpress.com/2016/06/26/now-in-the-store-woodworking-in-estonia/

order your copies here https://lostartpress.com/products/woodworking-in-estonia

Up to Lie-Nielsen and back home

Unloaded some photos off my camera today. Now I see where I’ve been.

After Greenwood Fest, I scooted up for a quick trip to Lie-Nielsen to teach a 2-day class in 17th-century carving. The project is/was a carved box. Most of the emphasis is on the carving.

They’ve moved the classroom there, now using benches back-to-back. Seems like a nice arrangement. 
double bench LN

Dwight got the “coolest shirt” recognition. 

dwight cool shirt

Bill brought an old  brace for show & tell. I have no way to know its age. 17th/18th century? who knows…it’s really well done, no matter when. 
hand forged brace

brace

chuck

I dragged JoJo Wood along. Decorative carving is not her bag, but she took to it like gangbusters. 

jojo carves decoration

jojo carving decoration

She told me Edale is as far from the sea as you can get in England, so after all that time in the car, we had to see some Maine coast. Here’s Owl’s Head

owls head

sunset

Back home I have several things underway. I know this is stupid, but I assembled my workbench inside the unfinished shop. It’s stored here, was going to sit under a tarp, so why not have it assembled? we’ve never really looked at how it’s built – so here is the white pine top, approx. 4″x 17″ x 8′. On an oak frame. Wedged through tenons on the long rails. The frame runs 24″ deep. I have an oak shelf/plank that fills in the space to make up the rest of the bench top.

bench assembly

The front leg at my right hand-end. Holes for holdfast in the leg. A blind tenon at the top of the leg into a mortise in the underside of the bench. It just goes “thunk” and is done. Just 2 mortises in the bench top. It rests on the top edge of the side aprons behind the front legs.

bench end

Before I positioned the back shelf/plank. I have no recollection of why I framed the rear legs the way I did. But the loose block that rests between the back leg and the rear edge of the workbench top is a spacer to support the shelf. Weird, but it works. Once the shelf is in place, I never think about it again.

back leg

shelf is pegged down to the two spacers, and has one registration peg between it & the bench top.

peg

The bench in situ. A sliding deadman occasionally gets some use. Chopping block moves to the left hand end of this view. Now to finish the shop around the bench & lathe.

in situ

 

 

 

 

Greenwood Fest article & various photos

run away

For two full weeks, I was surrounded by some of my favorite woodworkers…now it’s pretty quiet, trying to get back into the day-to-day. If you want to re-live Greenwood Fest, here’s some links:

http://plymouth.wickedlocal.com/news/20160615/national-audience-in-plymouth-for-worlds-best-woodworking-artists

That article and more photos are compiled on Plymouth CRAFT’s facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/CRAFTPlymouth/?fref=ts

a collection or two on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/greenwoodfest2016/  and

https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/greenwoodfest/

I’m sure there’s more.

Plymouth CRAFT’s post-Greenwood Fest workshops

Plymouth CRAFT hosted 2 workshops after the Greenwood Fest 2016. Our model festivals do the workshops first, but we were making things up as we went along, or had scheduling conflicts, or something. So we did them after. One way this was an unexpected benefit is that often you don’t want an event like this to end. So it didn’t have to…

JoJo Wood taught her master class in eating spoons. These are the hardest spoons to make – they HAVE to be right. Cooking spoons & serving spoons can be strange & still work. Just look at my work for evidence of this.

It begins with accurate, well-thought-out hatchet work:

hewing

JoJo hewn spoon

Then, she was not bashful about telling all the old duffers where to cut their spoons to shape…

instruction

Working right beside Chris, saying “have faith, cut it like this…”

do what I'm doing

Meanwhile, Jogge Sundqvist taught his distaff class…a real challenging exercise in shapes, knife, hatchet & drawknife work, & design.

tin can openerThe tin-can opener grasp can be hard to grasp. Jogge helps illustrate proper technique.

here's how

Showing where some of these cuts are applicable in spoon carving.

how to get in tight spaces

These students made excellent examples…

great distaffs

Except this one – it doesn’t count. It’s Dave Fisher!

this one doesn't count

His class in bowl-carving is next – July 30/31 http://www.plymouthcraft.org/?tribe_events=bowl-carving-with-dave-fisher

dave bowl hewing

 

Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?

paula

If you have been to an event put on by Plymouth CRAFT, then you already know.

If you came to Greenwood Fest 2016, then you found out.

I said it there, & now I’m saying it again. If it were not for Paula Marcoux, none of it would happen.

We have many dedicated volunteers, board-members, guest instructors, etc – but altogether we can’t keep up with her.

The beginnings of Plymouth CRAFT stem from her vision. Once a bunch of us had moved on from our museum roots, she came up with the idea for forming this non-profit to teach various crafts. We all would have just kept saying, “yea, that’s a good idea, we should do it…” – but she went ahead and did it. So we just followed her lead.

I joke that when the idea for a Greenwood event came up, I said “bad idea, too much work.” But I also said I’d like to go to it, and she just listened to the 2nd part. I’m glad she did. We figured the notion was in the wind, following the great success of Robin Wood & Barn Carder with Spoonfest. So someone was going to do it in the US, and Paula decided it would be us.

Every email that got sent to Plymouth CRAFT about Greenwood Fest was answered by Paula. She personally handled everybody’s requests and comments.

Did all the registration stuff, and handled it when anyone needed to reschedule, refund – all that sort of thing. Sorted the waiting list, and delivered the news to those that squeaked in once spots opened up.

Then brought her bike to the event so she could get around the spread-out campus quickly enough to handle each emergency, request, or other logistical arrangements.

Paula also handled the after-classes planning & registration, then made lunch for 30 of us both of those days. And breakfast for nearly that many.

Those of us who have known her for decades are used to it, but I don’t want to take her work for granted.

So, here’s to the one who made it happen – Paula – thanks for Greenwood Fest 2016.

 

photo by Rick McKee

http://www.plymouthcraft.org/

Paula’s website including info about her book Cooking with Fire  http://themagnificentleaven.com//The_Magnificent_Leaven/About.html

 

 

3 days of peace, love & Sloyd

more photos.

apparently our group drank 6 times as much coffee as the ordinary dance group they host at Pinewoods Dance Camp. And almost no decaf.

jarrod's coffee

I didn’t catch whose tool basket it was…but there were sights like this all over.

tool basket

an overall shot of the area outside the dining hall, near the woodpile. I think there was always a crowd and action there.

gathering place

Like this.

stomping at the woodpile

Wade (right) tried to sneak into our group photo, posing as Derek Sanderson.

wade tried to sneak in

That’s how we noticed he was missing. Back row – Dave Fisher, Peter Follansbee, Paula Marcoux, front: JoJo Wood, Jarrod Stone Dahl, April Stone Dahl, Tim Manney, Beth Moen, Jogge Sundqvist, Pret Woodburn, Rick McKee.

group minus numb 16

Imagine Derek Sanderson, #16.

derek turning

Our friend Marie Pelletier, as always, shooting the event. Here, getting a group shot of the Wille Sundqvist & Bill Coperthwaite Slojd Fellowhips to Beth Moen & JoJo Wood. Peter Lamb on the left.

marie w awards people

she did it again. Beth was always well=behaved.

she did it again

A highlight for many of us was seeing these guys, who made JoJo look old. A.J., now an old-timer at spoon carving was along with his dad Alex again.

AJ

Gabriel from BC here adzing out a bird bowl.

gabriel w adze

Dave Fisher.

dave fisher

 

bowl & dave

JoJo Wood, of course.

jojo

hollowing

Me & Jogge Sundqvist sat for a couple hours, holding forth about spoons, design, tradition, people…etc.

PF & JSQ

 

PF & JSQ 2

I made exactly one spoon during the whole event.

PF one spoon

thanks to all, attendees, instructors, Plymouth CRAFT board & volunteers, Pinewoods Dance camp crew & staff – Nathan Goodwin for shooting wth my camera, so I had more pictures.

 

some shots from Greenwood Fest 2016 part the first

working an event like this, you don’t get to see it much. I saw some stuff last night on Instagram. here’s a few photos I shot in preparation and while walking over to where I was working on Friday afternoon – the opening of Greenwood Fest 2016.

JoJo warned me she likes to ruin pictures:

she warned me

Beth Moen (foreground) and JoJo Wood in back, finding some yellow birch to see how it works.

north american woods

Moving in – wow.

moving in

“I’m so happy” he said.  He always says that…

 

I'm so happy

Tim & I looked at an old ladderback chair, always fun.

found a chair to show Tim

Are you proposing to me?

are you proposing to me

Don’t you people have anything to do?

don't you people have anything to do

one of those Plymouth ponds…

long pond

Will there be any stars in my crown?

will there be any stars in my crown

Save one for me…

save me one

waiting to hew…

pret & rick's site

Waiting to carve…

waiting to carve

detail…

detail

I told him to stop all this free learning…Darrick couldn’t wait.

I told him no free learning

Somewhere in the mayhem, Paula found time for a laugh with Ben Brewster & JoJo Wood

found time for a laugh

Hey Jarrod – I shot it too – on your back.

I shot it too