I have given some thought to ads in mags.
Think of magazines as a central hub around which a community of woodworking enthusiasts thrives alongside those who engineer their perceived needs. Of course, alongside legitimate spheres will be a sort of parasitic community of little substance wanting a piece of the pie, but these are spring-loaded center punch reps and superglue sales personel. Not of interest here.
Now we woodworkers need products to enhance our work and to work with. there's a
So I bought this new fillister/rebate plane today, well actually, an old one that’s been pretty much unused by all appearances. I really like the substance of its heavier casting and the well engineered parts.
You may not be able to see but some features include thick chrome finish to the different parts that has remained fully in tact...
...It also has a uniquely different cross-grain cutter in the form of a round cutting edge as opposed to the
In filming interviews with and talking to skilled workmen and women, I framed some questions surrounding future generations of young emerging artisans. It was evident at the European Woodworking Show that there were actually no trainees there. I talked to one young lady who was carving a rose in some lime (bass) wood. Her mother was a wood carver and this young woman was taking steps toward creating her first workpiece. I talked with her and though we enjoyed our conversation I didn’t sense that
Craft observation IIA couple of other things my son Joseph reminded me about are influences from parental and educational spheres: The parents influence on their children's choices is very much governed by their own aspirations and not necessarily the children's. In most cases the influence is toward higher education because of course the belief universally is that this produces better job prospects within recognized and accepted spheres, and of course where better to receive any kind of education?
Craft observation - I
I spent much of my time split fairly evenly between teaching the Masterclasses, interviewing other artisans and observing people. In all three areas the single most significant reality was that there was a whole group of people absolutely missing. It was the unique group that, prior to the 1920s, would simply be referred to as young adults yet today we proffer the privileged and special social category title teenager.
It’s a strange phenomenon