My eye scans the winding sticks that span the oak and there the twist stands proud beyond my half cocked eye

The rough plane strikes the highs to bring them low and so again I span the oak with sticks to see if winding still stands proud

And soon my hands deliver power through the bench plane once again until the high is lowered down and the plain lies flat and true

Before I set my square of steel and brass and ebony upon the edge to see if it lies rightly to the flat face proven now as sure

Before the joint can yet be formed by chisel cuts and sawn cheeks that fit the tenon tight and deep within the mortise hole

  • Paul Sellers on Hall Hat, Coat & Shoe StandIt is indeed.Did you see the baby cots we built a year ago. Five dismantlable panels as per tradition but so robust I am expecting my great grandchildren, and my great, great, gran…
  • Jay on Hall Hat, Coat & Shoe StandIf heirloom is being passed from generation to generation, then flat-pack does not disqualify a piece. About 45 years ago my uncle, a "finish carpenter" here in the U.S., made a ba…
  • Anthony on Hall Hat, Coat & Shoe StandOh boy, I imagine the trolls will be along shortly with their "purist" rhetoric. Bless you, Paul, for being able to weather those storms. I'm looking forward to projects like this.…
  • Paul Sellers on Diminishing Craft ValueOh, I know there are all kinds of reasons for not encouraging any craft work of any kind and not the least of which is something commonly called 'progress'. It's what's being dismi…
  • Matt Bourland on Diminishing Craft ValueThe issue with schools is that they only have so much time. They focus on what is the comming techno land what they can tech the student to be able to join the work force and get a…
  • nemo on Hall Hat, Coat & Shoe StandTorsion boxes and honeycomb-structures are very common in the aircraft industry. Strong, rigid and light-weight. I've held stair-treads that were made that way in my hand that weig…
  • L.Arthur on Hall Hat, Coat & Shoe StandInterestingly enough, the ‘flat pack’ is not really a new idea. I think it really took hold, at least in the U.S. when a lot of goods began to be shipped all over the country by ra…