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  1. Hi there Peter,

    I just wanted to comment on your blog and how much I have enjoyed reading it.

    I had a question about a small hatchet that I saw you use on Roy Underhill’s show. I did a search to try to find it on your blog but did not find a name of it. I did however find this picture of it on your blog:

    I am looking for a hatchet to do just what you did on Roy’s show, rough out spoon blanks. I have several hatchets that I have been using, including a carpenters axe, but none of them seem to cut that great. Mostly they glance off unless you hold them at a really steep angle. I also have a small tomahawk that I have had for several decades that I put flat bevels on and it works well but is a little on the light side.

    Is that main factor that makes a small hatchet work well is the flat ground bevel? This is what I am thinking since the hawk that I put a flat grind on works so well.

    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated as well as info on the hatchet that I linked to.


  2. You need a Gransfor Axe…. Swedish made. Avaiable via Moonraker Supplies, Wiltshire, UK or Green Tool Store UK. Bodger

  3. Hey Peter,

    You are really very good in making joined stools.
    I bought a chest dated 1726 a tridarn orginial from north west wales
    17e century gateleg and a joined stool.
    I like to send you a phot of the joined stool for an example for you,
    but i am very anxious from which period this joined stool is.
    I live in holland,



  4. hello Peter, this is Mike, I wrote you some emails about pay you some money and use one of your photo on our art design? ie: like the “detail of underside cuts” one, thanks. hope to hear from you soon, thanks. this is mike :)

  5. Hey Peter. Could I ask you one more question about hatchets? I have it narrow down to a Mueller Carpenters Hatchet which I think will be good for spoons, bowls and general roughing out work. It has a double bevel which I think would be better than the single bevel hewing styles like the Swedish Carving Axe.

    The question I had was what weight should I look at getting? I have only found the 2.25lb version which seems a little on the heavy side, however it looks like I could special order just about any weight. I was thinking somewhere in the 1.5 to 2 lb range. That are your thoughts? I am going to order one after I get your advice and then I will stop bugging you about it. :-)

    Thanks again for the help.

  6. Peter,
    Thanks for the mention on your site. We have had two contacts already. Lovely children wielding the cleaver and mallet. Hope they remain interested.
    I like the photos of old work mistakes (as well as your inspirational work). The dove tail hinge shows something I didn’t know . It was obviously tapered in the center before wrapping and welding, as the rough edges do not line up as they would if thicker metal were wrapped, welded and then spread away from the hinge barel
    I like the looks of your hewing hatchet. I recently made one for the Science Museum of Minnesota based on the sketch in Moxon’s book. Haven’t finished the one I started for myself.
    If you would ever consider leading a panel carving workshop in WI or MN let me know.
    Is your book, “How to Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” the project you and John started years ago?

  7. Saw you making spoons on the Wheelwright Shop – makes me want to try to make something from wood.

    I noticed on your site you enjoy birding. Here are three birder webcams run by the Cornell Ornithological Lab you might enjoy:

    Two are for the Great Blue Heron in Ithaca, one is for a red tail Hawk nest with three newly hatched eyyases.

  8. Peter,

    I’m an 11th generation descendant of Thomas Dennis. My grandmother will be visiting Massachussetts later this month and is wondering about the possibility of seeing some of his work. Is there any on public display in or near the Boston area that you are aware of?

  9. Hey Peter… From time to time at this point in my life I reflect on the past. I often wondered what became of the print department at the Coop, of you, your fellow framers and the great staff upstairs. Mrs. Henning was quite the lady and business woman! I worked for her as a stock boy more or less I kept the upstairs selling floor well stocked with prints and also did the Saturday street sales. Julia Childs walked through one Saturday with her husband. I do remember you and recognized you in your picture… you still look quite the same!

  10. Peter….. Saw you on Roy Underhill on carving spoons andyou were using a hookknife just was wondering is it your design or who you got it from.Also i first ran into you at John Alexanders you and drew pop in 1996 when i was down there making a chair at that time you were into old dove tail drawer joints.

    Mike Smith

  11. Hi Peter
    I saw you on The Woodwright, and I heard you make a comment about how the “20th century ruined a lot of things”. I believe it was when Roy was concerned about a flat on one of your turnings, and I remember thinking, what an excellent point. Before the machine age, hand work had no standard really, except other hand work. Now that we have arrived in the world of perfection via machines, our work is held up to the same level of high standards easily obtained by automation. So, I guess some tools marks here or there, should be thought of as a mark of true hand work.

  12. Peter, I enjoy your blog and your work. Do you know if you can use rose of sharon wood to carve spoons or have you had any experience with it? I have a huge tree in my yard and carved my first spoon with it. I wanted to know if i could use the spoon – i didn’t know if there were health concerns.

    Also, I’m looking for a good carving knife. any suggestions?

    I live in the Plymouth area and didn’t know if you ever held a spoon carving class or know of anyone who does?

    Thanks for your time and Happy Holidays.

  13. Peter
    I would like to purchase your Jul#11 spoon.
    My computer is not set up to just email and your email does not ship up to copy and paste.
    Please reply with how I go about purchasing.

  14. Peter,
    Can I request that you make a DVD or write a book on turning with a pole lathe? I’ve looking all over for materials and I’m not finding much in the way of instruction. There are lots of plans for lathes, and lots of suggestions of tools to buy, but not much help on using one. I’m digging now, so any ideas for information sources would be great. Nice lathe, by the way. Is it based on the Roubo version?

  15. Peter,
    Need your help please. I saw on your website in november 2012 that you used some special punches…oh sorry…I’m french (hope it’s gonna help :o))) and it’s hard to find these punches in my country. Can you help? One last thing : french, yes, but Ilive in Réunion Island, that makes a big difference :o)))!! Thanks for your help.

  16. Was watching you on the Woodwright’s shop making the Wainscot chest. I kept focusing on the grooves in the stiles and the fact that they reversed direction. I would never flip my board, end for end, to cut the next groove. That doesn’t make any sense to me. So I guess my question is does that reversal indicate two journeymen working across from each other, which would tend to simplify and speed up the process? I make my groove then push the board across the bench to my fellow employee so he can make his.

    • I just answered my own question. Flipping the board, end for end means I don’t have to reset my fence. Still getting used to working with my Hand tools and the issues therein.

  17. I think you are amazing. Thank You for your incredible kindness and sharing. You have inspired me. I am building a viking village soon, and your work will grace my longhouse….God Bless you mate!

  18. Dear Peter,

    The photo of the owlet resting its head touched me and lifted me. You have a good heart.

    For thou lovest all things that are, and hatest none of the things which thou hast made. Wisdom 11:25.

    Men and beasts thou wilt preserve, O Lord. For with thee is the fountain of life. Ps 35:7b, 10a.

    Kindest regards,

    Pat Cullinan, Jr.

  19. Hi Peter the more I think on it the more I believe my son and I took a day course on making a panel chest by you at Plimouth Plantation This would have been about 1990 I was blacksmith at EDaville RR weekends and joined Plymouth for a year since weekends were festival of lights and we started later in the day I had time to visit Plimouth.My son and I completed a section of 2 raised panels under your teaching that day.

  20. Hello,

    I am a student from Haverford Senior High School in Delaware County Pennsylvania. We have been granted 20% of our class time to work on a project of our choice about a topic we are passionate about. I have chosen to concentrate of the restoration of antique tools and furniture and am reaching out to people who know the trade for guidance. We are posting our progress on our own blogs, mine can be found at I have read your blog and thoroughly enjoyed it, and would love to ask a few questions regarding your trade if that would not trouble you. Please let me know if this would be possible.


  21. Hello, I have a very old large blanket chest, walnut with beautiful dovetail that comes from the Lancaster county PA area. It belonged to Mennonite inlaws for generations. There is no signatue, but there are Xx //// carved into back. What does this mean?

  22. Peter,
    What typs of finish do you recommend for a white oak caved chest? I’m building one based on your DVDs, and want the finished product to be a light brown. I understand that it will darken with age.

  23. Hi Peter,

    Just stumbled upon your blog and have been enjoying your posts and work. I have been getting more and more into woodworking (modern style) and enjoy reading articles and ideas that help me become a better woodworker (it’s only been a year and a half now).

    We live in northern Canada and homeschool our four kids as well. No other way if you want upstanding children.

    Thanks for all the work and dedication to the past.

    Take care,


  24. Mr. Follansbee, My name is Anthony i am a chef. I enjoy making furniture from time to time. I use only hand tools. No lathe, band saw or anything such as that. I was wondering how does one make cabriolet table legs with out power tools just a saw, chisel and plane? I am asking for the reason my woodworking hobby is not serious enough to warrant spending money on lathes or band saws i am planing to build a pole lathe, but until then i would still like to build legs for my tables or dry sinks different from the 90 degree usual table leg.

  25. Dear Mr. Peter, Sir: this is regarding your conjecture concerning lipped tenons and the possibility of drawboring and using square pegs. would it be possible to follow something like this list?
    1st bore a hole thru the rail and tenon. 2nd insert squarely into the stile and scribe inside the hole onto the stile face. 3rd remove the rail and mark the stile offset toward the corner of the chest or what it may be, as it were running away from the approaching tenon. 4th bore this hole altheway thru the stile. 5th insert the rail and drive an overlong square tapered peg home to draw the joint. the peg would have to steer forward thru the face of the stile, then backward thru the tenon, then forward again thru the back of the stile. afterward bore the outboard hole thru the rail and stile, and insert another peg for safekeeping. what, sir, do you think. no one here has ever done this. just an unprejudiced observer admiring your work. the thing that makes me think its drawbored is there are gaps showing in the view from below, but not in the view from above. /Respectfully,/rgk

  26. Mr. Follansbee,
    I apologize, first off, for asking a question unrelated to the posts I have seen recently but I’m hoping you can shed some light on this. I recently saw the Wainscot chair, c1680, in the Brooklyn Museum and the thought occurred to me that the top of the chair reflects the tombstones from this period in New England. Is this similarity related to the use of pattern books by craftsmen? Am I overthinking to consider it a symbolic reminder of death that we see in so many paintings from the period, particularly in the portraits of Puritans?
    Thank you,
    Bernadine Greenman

  27. Peter, I am interested in building the footstool shown in the article you wrote, Joyners vs Carpenters, 1631, #225 (Pg. 58) and was wondering if you can point me in the right direction to where I might be able to purchase plans for that stool. Your help would be most appreciated. I have been a long time woodworker although most of the things I have built are called “Decorative Kindling” by my wife:):)
    I have also been a long time subscriber to the Popular Woodworking Magazine, going back to when they were black and white. It is still one of the best.
    Thank You, and good luck with your shop.
    Bob Schleifer (Rockwall, Texas)

  28. Thank you for all that you do.

    In a New Hampshire antique shop I found a copy of “The Wrought Covenant” Source Material for the Study of Craftsman and Community In Southeastern New England 1620-1700. It is a 130 page paperback printed for an furniture exhibition at the Brockton Art Center Fuller Memorial in 1979. You probably have a copy but if not you can borrow mine.

  29. I saw you on the Woodwright’s Shop last night, and I think I am hooked!

    I’ve been a woodcarver of characters (Santa mostly), and always thought spoons and the like intriguing. Now, after seeing the ‘bowl” episode, I think it is something I would like to pursue.
    I recently purchased my first froe to split some oak for a turning project, and now will watch for adze and hatchets… I really loved that goosenect gouge on the show… what a delight!

    Thanks for a great show, and inspiration!

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  31. Peter I have your spoon carving DVD and enjoy it very much. I do have a question. What kind of colored pencil do you use to draw on wet wood?

    Thanks, Kent Townsend

  32. Wondering if you know about carpentry in England in the 17th century. Discovered have an ancestor who was a carpenter in first half of 17th century in Birdham, Sussex and trying to find out more about him. His son was a labourer and a notorious smuggler and his ending was sad.

    Wondered what type of work he might have been doing and if he would have been apprenticed. He seems to still be a carpenter later in his life.

    Would love to think some of his work was left behind somewhere

  33. Hi Peter,
    I enjoyed your article in Popular Woodworking on using a drawknife. I am learning to use one in carving bowls, and have been working with one that seems to be very old that I found some years go in the basement of my 1850’s house. It has an 8 inch blade that is marked CRUSADER. Isthis a tool that you are familur with or know anything about? Thanks, Dixon Kerr, Richmond VA

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