Riving, hewing & drawknife class at Plymouth CRAFT is done. Great group of people, I didn’t even need to be there today, except there were some of my tools. Weather & food were excellent too.
thanks again to our hosts, Plymouth Antiquarian Society, at the Harlow House. (Iron work on the sign by our friend Mark Atchison, timber work by ditto Justin Keegan.)
Next woodsy ones are baskets in November and spoons in December. Website is here: http://plymouthcraft.org/?post_type=tribe_events
here’s photos of this weekend:
Our local inspiration was Pret Woodburn’s gate at the Harlow House:
Great clear red oak logs (thanks Michael D) – we had almost no waste at all. Could have used every split, but got picky..
One objective was to get the hang of the riving & steering of a split with the froe & brake.
The drawknife is a simple tool to learn, but then to get the real technique down takes some practice:
Sometimes there’s people you don’t want to have sharp tools. Pret’s work was well-burnished (it’s a joke – he had just finished his 60-minute shaving horse, and I asked him to show me how it worked, but that wasn’t a drawknife in his hands…)
Boring the holes to start the mortises.
Thankfully, I can project my voice, because I had to yell across the yard to Matt, “the block plane is not the tool to trim the rails…get a hatchet”
One of the many hurdles, test fitted. Laying out the braces.
The moody-shot, complete with old-timey cooperage.
I was all for posing on our hands & knees, but the general consensus was we’d not be able to get up again.