The days passed quickly and tomorrow completes the preparation workshop prefacing the month-long intensive on Monday morning. Try imagining what an investment this is on every front, but then try, to imagine how it feels to walk home with skills you never thought possible coupled with your own newfound personal knowledge. For today's woodworker this is radical woodworking. Sharpening skills are honed on the projects and joinery skills develop with each joint for tool boxes, chairs and tables. In
Our preparation workshop is a three day workshop that covers the essentials of hand tool woodworking in readiness to begin the three major projects I described in an almearlier post. It starts today with four people who will join the others on the month-long course this coming Monday. Much of woodworking is about joinery and wood preparation for joinery so that's where we move towards during the day, but first of all we go through sharpening edge tools. Not a complicated thing but complicated by
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
I’ve been making boxes all day today, to stock up for customers coming through the workshop. But I also went to buy some wood from my local wood supplier, Richard Williams, about 20 minutes from my town here in Bangor. I have to give this company credit. They have a great staff, very helpful and uncomplaining, but just as important, they have the best European redwood around, which is what I went for. I have a pine bookcase to make as a prototype for a series to be built for a shop. I plan and
The woods drew me from the workshop for an hour’s lunchtime walk today and I was amazed at shifts that evidence the ever-changing sphere I live and create in. Blossom-filled trees slowed me down to think about men like Doug Stowe in Eureka Springs in Arkansas, a craftsman investing himself in the lives of young people at the school he teaches them in. It takes something to single out a chunk of time on a regular basis to spread the news about how we work wood. Then I start thinking about my friend