Since we made the beautiful chess board a few weeks ago we have progressed considerably and generated many more projects for you ongoing ‘apprenticing’.
Woodworkingmasterclasses.com has changed the way we reach out to woodworkers from when we could only impact on a local level to now reach all the way around the world. Whether you pay or take the free subscription, it’s all good stuff and I want you to learn everything I know to pass on. Whereas I will always enjoy one-on-one with people around my bench, woodworkingmasterclasses has proven to be a remarkable way to ensure people have 24/7 access to unencumbered teaching. If you get chance to look through our archived list of projects and the way we teach since we began filming, I think you will see that the expanse and quality of the projects caters to anyone and everyone no matter their skill levels or background.
We’re in the middle of the occasional table right now and then we have the traditional saw horses where we show the complexities of developing compound recessed housings. This unique joint provided joiners and carpenters with staging for their work and created temporary work stations around the shop and for site work. As with most of what we teach, these sawhorses reflect the best of the past. The legs extend in both directions pyramid-like to give superb, untippable stability. They stack and transport readily and you will always have that additional table when and where you need it. I’ve used this type since I was a boy and I have made dozens of them.
Beyond that, yesterday I applied the final wax to a shellac finish on my rocking chair. Yes, it is the Craftsman-style and yes it will be the concurrent series taking us through to Christmas but we also have some Christmas projects as gifts and decoration for Christmas planned to intersperse up to the Christmas season.
I have enjoyed filming all the above projects but more than that are the emails and messages you send me. Life-changing is probably the number one statement people make. Next is downsizing the machine footprint in the workshop and then there is the acknowledgement that for most people their health and sense of wellbeing is markedly improved. I have known and experienced this throughout my woodworking life. Whereas only a few of you will actually go on to become full time woodworkers, that is not the goal of what we do. We just want people t have a better understanding of real woodworking and we’ve done it. From here on it’s all icing on the cake!