New England boxes way down South

up towards the workshop
up towards the workshop

I just got back from Country Workshops, (www.countryworkshops.org) where I taught a class how I make a carved oak box, patterned after 17th-century examples. It was great to be back spending time with Drew & Louise Langsner. My Country Workshops experience goes all the way back to 1980, and from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s I was a regular there.

The picture above shows the path up towards the workshop; this is an early-morning view. My kids & I started each day with a walk to see the chickens & cows, then it was off to breakfast, then the shop.

Students learned &  practiced hewing, then planing the oak that was riven from a log…

hatchet & plane work
hatchet & plane work

then some carving work, this case with mallet & V-t0ol.

mallet & V-tool
mallet & V-tool
Once we got to assembly, my photography went by the wayside. So I will have to wait to show the finishing steps…
We did have several watchful eyes through the week. here’s a few,
you can observe a lot by watching
you can observe a lot by watching
Smokey Joe
Smokey Joe

 

 

Including the daily visit from the kids to hound Karen to see if her box was done.

Is your box done, Karen?
Is your box done, Karen?
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