some tool marks from 17th-century pieces

I’ve been slightly under the proverbial weather lately, so not in the shop much, and not organized enough to shoot anything when I am there.  I went last week to the Lie Nielsen event in Manchester, CT at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. While I was there, I spent some time showing visitors some photos … Continue reading some tool marks from 17th-century pieces

surface textures & tool marks

I have been meaning to shoot photos in the shop of tool marks; and how they are made. I have not got to the pictures yet, but recently a reader asked about some difficulty he’d been having with tear-out in white oak. Some tear-out is common, especially in white oak that is near the juvenile … Continue reading surface textures & tool marks

Tool marks, seventeenth-century joinery

Many times the best view of a piece of furniture is not the front. In this case, we have a seventeenth-century joined  chest from New England. I have the chest sitting on its head, feet in the air. I was behind the chest, shooting the back & bottom. There are so many things to see … Continue reading Tool marks, seventeenth-century joinery

more joint ID marks

here we are looking at the proper right rear stile of a New England 17th-century  joined chest. I marked some points I wanted to show – (click the pictures to enlarge, these are small details we’re looking at.)  the height of the mortise is struck with an awl (and presumably) a square. The awl skitters … Continue reading more joint ID marks

thinking about spoon shapes

During the bowl-turning class I attended earlier this month, we spent some of our “off time” discussing spoon design. I recall Robin Wood saying something to the effect of  “the game has changed” – meaning there have been great strides in spoon carving in recent years. I don’t have a large collection of other people’s … Continue reading thinking about spoon shapes

I haven’t forgotten about furniture,

…it’s just that I haven’t made any lately. But I have been sticking my nose into some furniture books.   Every winter, it’s time to re-new membership in the Regional Furniture Society. I have written about their organization before, it’s a great one. Their journal goes back more than 20 years – while you’re poking … Continue reading I haven’t forgotten about furniture,

House of Chairs

  My family & I took a quick trip to visit friends in Maine. No class, no workshop, lecture, etc.  Just plain fun. Scattered about the self-proclaimed “house of chairs”  is a great mis-mash of ladderback chairs. When I began woodworking in 1978, I started with this book.   It showed how to make a … Continue reading House of Chairs

two notes from England

First, from Chris Currie, a friend from the Regional Furniture Society -some pictures of brackets. First, Chris had posted a comment on the post I did about brackets,   then sent the photos thru. so now here’s the photos along with Chris’ comment: “…a Communion table I saw recently, the brackets on the long rails applied … Continue reading two notes from England

a couple of photos

  Finally getting around to photographing some stuff I’m finishing up. First is this box stool. It’s a form I’ve only seen in passing in England; but its construction is pretty straightforward. I have used some carving patterns from Devon, and the turnings are generic enough. Here’s a view of it open: While I had … Continue reading a couple of photos