I arrived back in the US yesterday and things look quite wonderful at the New Legacy NY school.
We are already progressing towards the month-long workshop that starts on Monday morning and I know everyone is very excited about it. I also know that the UK month-long in November is about full too. These are progressive steps designed to train new-genre woodworkers who want to become master woodworkers, invest time and energy to do so and are establishing skill as an investment in their future. Some
...there is the life I lived and grew to love that goes beyond the words and opinions people pass. My lifelong work working wood as a lifestyle woodworker was decided in 1963. It was chosen not picked, planned not happenstance, directed as a vocational absolute. My experience, tells me that seldom do those I meet make a decision to follow a course not based on pure economy. Some do, but few rather than most. I wonder what happened to references where a man could say his work is his vocation rather
This morning I became increasingly more aware of just how large the globe of woodworkers is and how small our globe has become with regards to woodworkers connecting with one another. Some months ago I blogged pretty extensively on something I call the Real Woodworking Campaign and many if you signed up insupport of my efforts to repatriate people to the craft of working wood. This was the perspective of working real wood using skilled methods that weren't so much hard but required self discipline
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,
My Creative Workspace Chests
I finally finished off the lower toolbox to my creative workspace, which concludes my settling in to my workshop after about 18 months. It is resting now. A place for everything and everything in its place is a maxim I have learned the value of. I want to encourage any young woodworkers to focus as much on fashioning the creative workspace as they do on projects. It’s an ideal that grows with you and evolves according to your work. Customising need not