Chopping the mortise holes
I have chopped mortise holes by the thousands for nearly 50 years. I think that proper mortise chisels, register chisels and even the lighter weight firmer chisels are too heavy and counter the weight of the mallet or chisel hammer.
Throughout my five decades of working wood every day I have used only regular bevel-edged chisels. That's also all I ever saw my mentors use throughout my apprenticeship. Other woodworkers and gurus of woodworking will challenge this,
It rained on and off throughout the day, mostly on, and the wild places beyond the school soaked in each welcome Spring drops that fell. We have had almost no rain since I arrived last month and so I join the farmer and gardener in thanks for something no man can really do too well and that is water the land. Early rains are important after winter’s done and new growth delays its dormant phase when rains decline yet warmth has begun. It’s 2am and I lie in bed thinking of baggage and stuff I need
It’s often hard to adopt a new tool, even well made ones, because they often don’t measure up to their ancient counterparts. This week we introduced new Veritas marking gauges into the new New Legacy, NY school and these are top notch marking tools and no mistake. One issue I always found consistent with new gauge users is pressing the spike of the conventional gauge into the wood and seeing the forced, impressed point follow the contour of the wood’s grain. Although that can be the same with
Today was varied with a range of tasks completed. The new vises came in from Veritas and so Tom and Gary were able to get on with two days of fitting vises. The outside of the workshop continues with siding and trim and of course we still have to tie in the porch rafters to the roof and clad the roof yet. The inside is very near done or it seems that way. Lighting and ceiling fans work and the bathroom is all hooked up too, so we have running water to the various sinks and toilets. We have a couple
Today we will be at the Saratoga Show and I am looking forward to it. We worked hard at the woodshop over the past few day, on many fronts we are nearing completion but the immediate priority is meeting people that love working wood.
Can we discuss the purpose of shows like this. I had a brief look at the show yesterday evening. Wood leaning against the racks, carvings of bears and instructional areas in many aspects of woodworking. I think this has a real value in an era of working where apprenticeship