Leftover photos

flight

It’s a busy time of year for most everybody…here’s some scattered stuff I haven’t got around to posting. These shots from Plymouth Beach are now a week or more old – I wish I was there right now, the most peaceful spot nearby…the birds are almost all dunlin. We saw a few sanderlings mixed with them.

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feeding

dunlin

dunlin & sanderling flight

 

prints

We took the kids to the Museum of Fine Arts the other day. I’ve been going to this museum since my high school days, early 1970s. The kids always want to see the stuff they’ve seen before, so we always need to factor that in for our time allowance. The ship-model exhibit is always a big hit. we try to remember to bring a sketchbook too.

other note taker

sketching

Follansbee pointing to Follansbee-under-glass.

follansbee under glass

[Here’s that upper case back when I was making it – ]

helpers test-fitting the cupboard section

In the Art of the Americas exhibit, I ran across this New York/Western New England splint basket –

ash basket

ash basket detail

There’s a large exhibit for another few weeks of Dutch paintings – the sort of thing we used to study in detail at our museum jobs – no photography allowed in that exhibit, but outside it, there’s a painting you can pose in & take a picture. Museums love this sort of drek these days.

 

 

 

in a painting

Back at home, the principal reason for building a “tool shed” is that there’s no room to work in the house. To compound the small space problem, I brought into the room a 12′ white pine 6×6 for carving. Made a small room smaller. When the holiday’s festivities are out of the way, we’ll get on with framing it.

small space even smaller

carving done

The feeder birds are around, usual participants. But some numbers are noticeable – counted 8 male cardinals the other morning, along with some females. Every once in a while we get lots of them. Usually just four or five…it was a dreary, rainy day – I could only get a couple in each photo. Plus they don’t sit still.

other 2 of 8

2 of 8

The red tail hawk sits in a cherry tree in Marshfield, pretty reliable. Lotta spoon crooks in that tree.

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That’s enough. I must have stuff I’m supposed to be doing. Distracting the children most likely the priority.

egypt

 

 

 

Last 4 spoons I have available for the season

last batch

UPDATE – thanks to all (really all, throughout the year) who picked out a spoon, or other woodsie bits. I have 2 spoons left from earlier, then added the last two in maple. Just so folks know, I have baskets and furniture as usual; but there’re on other pages.  https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/baskets-furniture/

For delivery before Dec 24th, Paypal is the way to go. Then I can pack things & get to the post office in time. If I can get these into priority mail by Friday afternoon, Saturday morning – they should get where they’re going the 24th. I can’t guarantee the postal service, so if you want faster delivery, we can adjust the pricing.

Those not in a hurry, if you prefer, you can mail a check. If you’d like something, leave a comment & let me know which ones…

thanks as always,

Peter Follansbee

3 Landing Rd

Kingston MA 02364
Peter.Follansbee@verizon.net

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Dec spoon 15, SOLD

part of the “maple crook” series. Another lefty. I love the way this one took its shape from the tree.

L: 9″ W: 2″
$80

Dec spoon 15 top

dec spoon 15 side

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Dec spoon 16. SOLD

Maple crook again, this one’s a general/righty spoon. Small black knot in bowl is tight. Over time, it will become less glaring, as the spoon gets its patina.

L:  10 3/4″   W:  2 1/2″
$80

dec spoon 16 top

dec spoon 16 side

Dec spoon 04; birch. A nice crook shape, a large bowl serving spoon.

L: 8 3/4″   W:  3″
$80

dec spoon 04

dec spoon 04 side

Dec spoon 06,   SOLD

rhododendron.

L: 7 1/4″   W:  1 1/4″
$60

dec spoon 06

dec spoon 06 side

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Also forgot to remind folks that I have a few copies of the spoon-carving DVD I made with Lie-Nielsen.

Carving Wooden Spoons DVD  Or, make your own spoons – I have 8 copies of the  video available, price is $38, which includes postage in the US.  127 minutes.

spoon video

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And Maureen tells me she has some knitted & felted goods still, a couple of which are on sale…  https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaureensFiberArts

SALE Hand knit shawl hand dyed merino, variegated spring colors and deep lavender,evening wrap, lace shawl, autumn, winter

We’re ready to go to the post office…

 

small batch of spoons for sale, Dec 17th

 

last batch

Last batch of spoons for the season. Only six available right now. I will have a couple of additions later today; waiting to hear from someone who ordered a pair. I made 2 pairs, so should have 2 more spoons later. Just so folks know, I have baskets and furniture as usual; but there’re on other pages.  https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/baskets-furniture/

For delivery before Dec 24th, Paypal is the way to go. Then I can pack things & get to the post office in time. If I can get these into priority mail by Friday afternoon, Saturday morning – they should get where they’re going the 24th. I can’t guarantee the postal service, so if you want faster delivery, we can adjust the pricing.

Those not in a hurry, if you prefer, you can mail a check. If you’d like something, leave a comment & let me know which ones…

thanks as always,

Peter Follansbee

3 Landing Rd

Kingston MA 02364
Peter.Follansbee@verizon.net

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Dec spoon 04; birch. A nice crook shape, a large bowl serving spoon.

L: 8 3/4″   W:  3″
$80

dec spoon 04

dec spoon 04 side

Dec spoon 06, rhododendron.

L: 7 1/4″   W:  1 1/4″
$60

dec spoon 06

dec spoon 06 side

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UPDATE: The spoons below here are sold. I will add two more later this afternoon – 

Also forgot to remind folks that I have a few copies of the spoon-carving DVD I made with Lie-Nielsen.

Carving Wooden Spoons DVD  Or, make your own spoons – I have 8 copies of the  video available, price is $38, which includes postage in the US.  127 minutes.

spoon video

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And Maureen tells me she has some knitted & felted goods still, a couple of which are on sale…  https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaureensFiberArts

SALE Hand knit shawl hand dyed merino, variegated spring colors and deep lavender,evening wrap, lace shawl, autumn, winter

We’re ready to go to the post office…

 

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Dec spoon 17.       SOLD

To me, the absolute highlight of this batch. I feel like JoJo Wood, not wanting to let this one go. Cherry crook. Just the way I like them, asymmetrical, but still very functional.

L:  7 1/2″  W: 1 3/4″
$75

dec spoon 17

dec spoon 17 side

dec spoon 17 other side

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Dec spoon 18, SOLD

a nice runner-up in the “best of” category. Also a cherry crook.

L: 10″  W:  2″
$75
dec spoon 18

dec spoon 18 side

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Dec spoon 19.     SOLD
One of a series of nice maple crooks I got recently. Great figured wood inside the bowl, due to the shape of the branch it came from. Maple takes the detail quite nicely.

L: 9″   W: 2″
$70

dec spoon 19

dec spoon 19 side

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Dec spoon 20.  SOLD

A LARGE apple crook, with a very shallow bowl. Serving/stirring – it’s a big spoon. When I got it out to photograph, I see that I have a tiny bit more chip-carving to do. I’ll do it after posting these!

L: 12 1/4″   W:  3″
$100

dec spoon 20

dec spoon 20 flat

dec spoon 20 bowl

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Down by the river

12s & 16s

[SPOONS FOR SALE TOMORROW…but meantime…]

This has been simmering for a long time. I mentioned the other day I was about to start on the largest project yet – well, it ain’t furniture, it’s a “tool shed” according to the local authorities. It will be filled with tools after all. It’s been nearly two years since my old shop at the museum was packed up & much of my stuff stored. I have since set up a workbench here at home, crammed like many of us in the basement. I also have the luxury of a borrowed space (thanks, TC) where I set up a bench & some tools so I can/could finish photography for the next joinery book. And some stuff has been in storage since the day I packed up the old shop.

old farts

Now, it’s time for my very own – just steps outside my back door. This is something I’ve dreamed of for a long time. A month or two ago, my friend Pret Woodburn found a stash of white pine 6 x 6s and 4 x 6s for sale. Decades old, no joinery cut in them. Enough for 2 buildings the size I’m working on, 12’ x 16’. So another friend & I went halfsies on them. One thing or another has kept me & Pret busy until now. Recently I got him hooked on spoon carving, so now to keep him from never leaving his house, we’ve settled on a routine where he comes up here and shows me what to do. He knows house joinery like I know oak furniture, so I’m in good hands. Our first several session were prep work, the site slopes down to the river – so some unglamorous work to get ready for today’s initial work on joinery. Framing the sills. Just 4 joints, and a bunch of checking this way & that. Then just before dark we got some help from the youth to pin the frame together.

pret

mortise no pin

tenon

Daniel driving pins

so my mind reels with ideas for the inside. But one step at a time. Somewhere, I’ll finally be able to hang up this sign. 

Greenwood Fest instructor Beth Moen

Here’s the blurb from Plymouth CRAFT about the current status of Greenwood Fest 2016:

“Greenwood Fest 2016 is sold out, at least temporarily. We expect some spots to open up sporadically, so we highly recommend joining the Waiting List if you missed out on the first round of ticketing. To do so, please email us at CRAFTPlymouth@gmail.com. ”

Meanwhile, I still have a couple of instructors I haven’t introduced yet. I’m very excited to have Beth Moen joining us from Sweden.

Bm5

She is one of the few participants I have yet to meet, so I look forward to getting to see her  a bit. Jogge Sundqvist recommended her with the highest praise – so I was glad she could squeeze us in. Beth will be working on her signature hewn round bowls.

Beth  lives in Siljansnäs Dalarna Sweden, and has worked with wood for about 35 years, both with furniture and green wood. Since 1989 she has had a workshop together with AnneLie Karlsson.  Do have a look at their website www.norea.nu . The range of projects Beth and AnneLie make is impressive. It includes shaving horses, furniture, crafts and sloyd. And the bowls – some of which are “almost half a meter in diameter” – I didn’t have to look that up to know that’s a big bowl!

Beth is the lead woodworking instructor at Sätergläntan, the handicraft school in Sweden. http://www.saterglantan.com/ There she teaches sloyd and traditional  wood craft. In her note to me she says “My favorite tool is absolutely the axe – so I am very happy chopping bowls.”

We’ll be very happy having you chop bowls, Beth. Look forward to it.

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Skål2

Skål1

Skål

I think I have too many tools

It gets better & better. I forgot to add a short television clip Tamas Gyenes sent me; so here is that.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B48s8ERHyYTwZEJBWE1keU4wOUk/preview“> https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B48s8ERHyYTwZEJBWE1keU4wOUk/preview
But I also received a short film about another Hungarian making one of these riven beech chests. Frederik Uijs (whose blog is here: https://frischesholz.wordpress.com/) sent a link of this 1955 film, that to my mind could almost be shot in 1555. Watch it & count the tools – probably less than 10. Axes, hammer, saw, chisels, that twybill-like tool, compass, drawknife, auger – not many more than that…astounding.
https://www.youtube.com/embed/3V0gQ9M45G8“>

more about the riven chests of Tamas Gyenes

More photos from Tamas Gyenes, See the first post here: https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2015/11/30/tamas-gyenes-riven-beech-chests/

Carving through the surface to expose the lighter wood –

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Here’s how the surface is prepared for that work:

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The grooves aren’t cut with a plow plane, but with this tool. It seems to me like a small twybill. Detail of the grooving follows.

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Shaving of the week right here:

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cutting the groove
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hewing

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His note told me he’s working on his 69th chest! And that’s in addition to working a job, having a family, restoring old pieces and writing & researching about the chests. Hmm. seems familiar. Thanks again, Tamas. I’ll keep in touch.