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Happy Birthday, You Big French Baby

Chris Schwarz's Pop Wood Blog - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 5:06pm

It usually takes a year for a new workbench to settle down, and for me to put enough hours at it to form a half-decent opinion. Every bench has plusses and minuses. I’ve never encountered a bench that was 100-percent perfect. And I’ve never encountered a bench that was 100-percent crap. (OK, that last part is a lie. Writers have to say things like that to appear even-handed. A lot […]

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Categories: Hand Tools

Trees with Meaning 2

The Sharpening Blog with Ron Hock - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 2:16pm
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Monvrovia Oak

Before relocating to Fort Bragg, Linda and I lived in Monrovia, an older suburb in the foothills east of Los Angeles. We lived on Olive Street but few olive trees did. Instead Olive Street was lined with grand, old California Live Oaks (Quercus agrifolia)We lived there for two years during which time we purchased a ten-year old Datsun 510 sedan. Great car, but it lived those ten years in the greater Los Angeles area. Which means the ambient ozone levels (along with hydrocarbons, aldehydes, and oxides of nitrogen) rendered the car’s gaskets and weatherstripping only vaguely rubbery.

We moved to Fort Bragg in October of 1981. Two things happened here that month. One was the propitious opening of James Krenov’s Fine Woodworking Program‘s shop at College of the Redwoods. The other was, the week we got here, it started to rain. And rain. And then it rained some more. Fort Bragg’s normal rainfall is in the 40-inch range. That year we were in for over 80-inches. We weren’t ready for that but we managed. And while the car ran like a trooper through it all, it leaked like a colander. At one point, when you applied the brakes, a small tsunami would start from the back seat floor and break like Makaha over the driver’s shoes.

I discovered that the floor of that car (and others, I’m sure) had rubber drain plugs. I pulled them out, draining the passenger compartment of several gallons of captured precipitation.

That spring I needed the spare tire and discovered that I had overlooked draining the spare tire well. It too was aslosh with several inches of slightly rusty water that had been agitating in there for over six months.

Upon draining that pond I discovered an acorn that had fallen in from the tree in front of our house on Olive Street, 560 miles to the south.

What amazed me then and amazes me still is that the acorn had germinated. Now I’m not one to ignore such a blatant hint so I planted it in gallon pot. Like the redwood from Trees with Meaning 1, it grew. I potted it up. Grew some more. I planted it out along our driveway — yeah, that one in the photo. It’s now about 30-feet tall and 24-inches DBH. The utility company tree crew had to trim it out of their lines recently.

I grew an oak tree from an acorn. How cool is that? How old am I?!


Categories: Hand Tools

Jay Gaynor

Peter Follansbee, joiner's notes - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 12:19pm

Museums are full of stuff. objects, art, artifacts, documents – things I don’t even know about. But when you go to work in a museum, it becomes about people. It’s never about money. The people who work  in museums are there because of their interest and passion for study, for their collections, history – all that intertwined educational vibe. When you get involved with folks like that, it’s contagious. And memorable. I’ve made connections with people in museums that will stay with me always…

I read the news about Jay Gaynor’s sudden death today. http://anthonyhaycabinetmaker.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/in-memoriam-jay-gaynor/

I have known Jay for over 20 years, and always enjoyed our visits and work together. Jay knew tools, tool history and their relationships, forms, makers – he was a tool history fountain. Like many museum professionals I have known, what always struck me about Jay was even after decades of research and study, he was still passionately excited about the subject – in this case, woodworking tools.

 

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plow plane, early 18th c

 

One of my most memorable visits to Colonial Williamsburg, Jay, Jane Rees, Alexander & I, Mark Atchison and maybe Nathanial Krausse all spent a whole Sunday morning poring over the tools in CW’s storage collections. Jay kept pulling more & more tools out, telling us each one’s story, where it was made, by whom – how he got it…great stuff.

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I can still see him & Jane Rees, sitting in the front row while I bantered away at Plimoth when EAIA came there not too long ago. All the while, I kept thinking, “what am I doing, lecturing these 2 about tools?” – but they were both encouraging, friendly and engaging. We’ll all miss Jay – even the jokes.


A Tale of Two Planes

Hackney Tools - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:20am

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Well. This is a tale of one plane actually, but the second image may as well be a second plane, for all you will recognise.
I sold this Norris A5 a couple of weeks ago. Straight from a master carpenter’s toolchest. I ‘ummed and ahhed’ about selling it, because it had just the right amount of wear, no damage whatsoever and a full original iron.
However, I tend to keep only tools I really need, or don’t have, and decided to sell it to cover the outlay of buying a large job lot. The plane went to a buyer and all was good on the transaction.
The plane is now back on the market, with what I can only describe as a ‘makeover’. It has been buffed to oblivion, all trace of it’s history, the marks from it’s owner and it’s own patination removed.
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Not a hint remains that this plane has been lovingly used and cared for, for well over a hundred years. The buyer is flipping it on eBay in it’s freshly polished, preened and shellaced state. The poor owner must be turning in his grave.
It’s my personal opinion that only grime should be wiped from quality tools, (and there are other methods for sensitively removing other problems such as rust).
These quality tools will likely outlast us all if kept properly, doing this sort of terrible work to a good plane not only ruins it in the short term, but denies future owners the chance of seeing how time has worked it’s magic.

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Nice Customer Projects

David Barron Furniture - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:30am

Here's someone who's really enjoying their dovetail guide!
First up from Stuart in Australia is a really nice keepsake box for an imminent arrival.
It's made from rock maple with a panel from a stunning but unknown Aussie burr.



Next is a chess board made from maple and US walnut with end grain squares on the playing surface.


It was made for a friend, lucky fellow!



Categories: Hand Tools

Was l’art du trait the real Holy Grail?

A Woodworker's Musings - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:27am

For much of the last millenium, speculation about the nature of the Holy Grail has been continuous.  Christ’s chalice?  Secret offspring spirited away to Europe?  The list of possibilities is extensive and I would like to add another, l’art du trait.

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L’art du trait is a method of combining elevation and plan view drawings that allows the craftsman to create any segment of or whole work piece with complete confidence as to its correctness.  In short, these were working drawings created by carpenters and masons that allowed them to build the soaring cathedrals of the Gothic period.  L’art du trait is a subset or extension of what we now refer to as stereotomy, which is, essentially an applied geometry that relies on graphic presentation as opposed to formulaic calculation, geometry without calculus (corrected from mathematics – see comments for reasoning).  However, the art of stereotomy has become associated almost exclusively with the craft of the stone mason and today it has been displaced by computer based descriptive and projective geometry.

The methods of L’art du trait were highly guarded secrets and shared only with those young craftsmen who had been found acceptable to masters of the craft.  This knowledge, jealously guarded as it was, gave masons and carpenters tremendous standing within their communities.  Architects (acting more as project developers and managers) were completely reliant on the knowledge and skill of the craftsmen.  And, this was the case until as late as the middle of the nineteenth century, when architects, engineers began to use descriptive geometry and, in short order, assumed the “mantle of authority” that had been worn by masons and carpenters for centuries.  Sadly, due to the power of commercial and governmental interests, master craftsmen were reduced to the rank of mere workmen.

But the tradition of l’art du trait is still alive and being learned and practiced by a small group of dedicated carpenters in northern Europe, primarily France and Germany.  And, although it has been displaced by modern technology, l’art du trait is considered so important that it has been recognized as part of the “intangible cultural heritage of humanity” by UNESCO.

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It is interesting that the period in which the construction of the great Gothic cathedrals of northern Europe began was contemporaneous to the rise in power of the Knights Templar.  The Knights have been credited with the creation of modern banking and logistical methods that are still the basis of much of today’s international business community.  Most of these practices grew from the requirements of supporting a large military force at distances hitherto unknown.  And, of course, for a millenium there has been speculation about the Temple treasures supposedly discovered by the Knights, discovered and removed to some other part of the world, presumably somewhere in Europe (or Nova Scotia, Minnesota or a host of other tempting possibilities).  Part priest, part warrior, the Knights were above all pragmatic, energetic adventurers seeking to profit from any and all of their activities.  As Knights (and crusaders in general) were expected to be self supporting, many were the “second sons” of aristocratic families, or the sons of merchants and guildsmen who were capable of insuring the young Knight’s maintenance.

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Prior to the crusades, most churches and other public buildings throughout Europe were in the Romanesque style.  It is a style based on Roman military engineering methods, using brick and concrete.  It is straightforward and most examples of this type of building clearly send the message that they have been built to provide fortification as well as worshiping the Almighty.  These were heavy structures with little interior light and decoration.  And then, as if someone had simply turned a page, came the soaring Cathedrals of the Gothic period.  Light and decoration everywhere, witnessing the glory of God.

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But did this just happen through some divine revelation?  Europe had gone through a six hundred year period, commonly called the “Dark Ages” in which most or all of classical knowledge had been lost and/or forgotten.  Forgotten in Europe, but still alive in the Middle East.  Enter the Crusaders, with the Knights Templar guarding the Temple, the very center of the Crusader Kingdom, where most of the knowledge lost to Europeans remained, undiminished.

It is generally concluded that Hellenistic and Persian craftsmen practiced some form of stereotomic drawing.  We know that the Knights and other Crusading Orders returned to Europe with renewed understanding of mathematics, philosophy and science.  Could it be that part of the intellectual treasure discovered by the Knights Templar included what was to become the basis of l’art du trait.  And was this knowledge, kept secret, only revealed to the initiated, part and parcel of Freemasonry?  One can only speculate.  But the question must be put forward, was this the knowledge that allowed for the construction of the magnificent Gothic structures, dedicated solely to the power of the Almighty.  Could this knowledge be the true Holy Grail?

If you would like to know more about the practice of l’art du trait, here are some interesting links.  But fair warning, prepare yourself to be challenged and intrigued.

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Steretomy, a multifaceted technique – Joel Sakarovitch

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UNESCO website on l’art du trait – video and photos

Traditional carpenters of Northern Europe

Musee du Compagnonage de Tours – Museum of Guilds, their history and their works

Sterotomy – some interesting information about the drawing process

The Carpentry Way – Chris Hall’s excellent blog – a lot of information about drawing methodology

Take one step, then another.  We never know where the journey may take us.

 

 


Categories: Hand Tools

Ben’s Mill. A documentary on many levels.

Evenfall Studios - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 9:49am

Ben’s Mill is the story of a mill that had been used by generations, for generations- having evolved to meet the needs of a local marketplace and community.

Ben’s Mill is a story about a community that relied on a water powered wood processing mill, blacksmith and odd jobs shop to help them with things they needed to help them live their lives better, and easier.

Ben’s Mill is the story of a man, Ben Thresher, who’s skills evolved from when he apprenticed with the men who worked in the mill before him. He actively operated the mill from 1941 until his passing in 1995. The mill is a combination of water powered, belt-driven machines and the blended hand and machine tool skills of a man that just seem to effortlessly do simply and directly what needs to be done.

Ben’s Mill is a story of how semi-rural and rural America was. People who knew how to quietly work with their hands, who could share fellowship while doing, and had the skills and ability to help their community. When one could visit a craftsman with a need or idea, and after a short conversation while kneeling with a stick in the dirt to draw the widget, a makable plan would be born from the collaboration of a couple people. Before you knew it, a tool or item that solved a problem was made and folks got back to business.

Ben’s Mill is a story about the symbiotic nature of small town America and it’s sense of community. A time when our grandparents and their parents all shared the skills of self reliance that had been passed down to them and did (mostly on their own) what was in front of them. A time when people understood their collective knowledge of living and went forth living with a knowing trust, without questioning everything. A time when people helped people, when their price was reasonable and affordable.

Ben’s Mill is a story. Caught by film makers just after it’s heyday and in decline. A story about the end of an era. Too, mill owner Ben muses about the past and the passing of time during this film. A story of ways and ideals we may have likely eschewed, but perhaps could have better espoused. An era now treated like an archeological dig, where what generations once knew are now artifacts to be questioned before understanding. The people who possessed that knowledge to their very core have largely passed on, and we may have learned that in some ways, perhaps not enough attention to what they knew has been paid.

Ben’s Mill. Another story about self reliance and life in America.

Please enjoy 26 minutes of Ben’s Mill, it’s nice in full screen:

A 58 minute streaming version of this film is also available from Folkstreams.net

Ben’s Mill is Located in Barnet Vermont. The Mill began in 1872, evolving and expanding to help meet the needs of it’s local community. In 1999, it was purchased and turned over to a Non-Profit Trust that has performed massive efforts through the work of volunteers to understand and preserve Ben Thresher’s Mill. Work continues today to actively restore it.

If you like, you can read more, and even help support their efforts at http://www.bensmill.com

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Categories: Hand Tools

The Putter

Hackney Tools - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 9:05am

The Putter
Many thanks to Richard Cohen, who sent me this link to this video by photographer and filmmaker Shaun Bloodworth, called ‘The Putter’.

To quote from www.storyingsheffield.com

This film was made by Shaun Bloodworth for our ‘Steel Stories’ project. Ernest Wright & Sons of Sheffield is the last remaining hand manufacturer of scissors. The film documents ‘Putter’ Cliff Denton – literally a ‘putter-togetherer’ of scissors. The film features a soundtrack by The Black Dog.

Categories: Hand Tools

MJD Toolapalooza – Josh Clark and Jon Szalay, Gentlemen and Scholars

The Barn on White Run - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 8:57am

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This year at Martin Donnelly’s annual warehouse-clearing auction of 75,000 tools in 3200 lots over 20 hours of auctioneering, I sat in a cluster with new friends Martin from Dayton and Jim from Boston, along with older friend Josh Clark from Hyperkitten Tools and my long time friend Jon Szalay, one of the very smartest guys I know.

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Josh’s business of buying lots of quality tools needing some TLC, tuning them and then reselling them for a modest prices is a tremendous boon to woodworkers coast-to-coast. He was having as successful an auction as mine was not.   Time after time he would get a solid lot of tools, each one containing some, sometimes very many, tools that would fit nicely into his inventory.

Fortunately for me, on occasion these box lots contained items he did not really want but I really did, so plenty of sub-rosa horse trading was going on.

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The first item we transferred from him to me was a horned scrub plane for my friend Dave, who has caught the hand-tool bug with a vengeance. I’ll tune that up and send it to him next week.

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Next came a snazzy but weird layout template which features 90-45-30-60 degree angles, perfect for my use in making simple French parquetry.

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It bears a remarkable resemblance to the marking template featured in Roubo’s Pate 14. Hmmm.

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Also in the same lot was an excellent little Japanese-style bevel gauge, the smaller version of one I already had. Josh felt this tool was outside the interests of most of his customers, so I bought it to include in my traveling tool kit.

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Finally, Josh implored me to take a very nice Stanley miter box off his hands so he would not have to pack it up. Being a generous sort of fellow, I accepted it. Just to help him out.

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Spending those days aside Josh was a delightful interlude of good-natured tool chat and tale telling, and I strongly urge you to follow his web site and patronize his business. You will not be sorry.

Thanks Josh!

 

photo courtesy of Joshua Klein

photo courtesy of Joshua Klein

Jon Szalay is someone I’ve known for many years through our membership and participation in the Professional Refinisher’s Group, an online forum that is part of our every day surfing. His presence was prominent in our recent Groopstock ’14 gathering at The Barn.

 

Jon is one of the most talented and inventive guys I know, he’s an antiques dealer, machinist, vintage motorcycle expert (he’s renowned for taking a 1911 Harley motorcycle on a transcontinental road trip, “Fix and repair hourly” he quips, and is the “go to” guy for the American Pickers crew), metal caster, carver and artist, the list goes on and on.

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Jon had a booth at the tailgating section, and was somewhat overwhelmed by the scope of the auction. “I don’t know where to begin!” he said on more than one occasion.

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What eventually drew his eye was a mid-19th century machinist’s lathe, and with his encouragement I bought it for us to restore together (unlike most lots, it went for WAY under the estimate). We’ll get together this fall at The Barn to complete the task and for him to help me set up my blast furnace so metal casting can be part of the ongoing activities there.

Follow Friday: Our July “Show Us” Contributors

Highland Woodworking - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 8:45am

In our July issues of Wood News and The Highland Woodturner, we featured the shops and projects of several woodworkers.

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Show Us Your Shop: Pat Lemley retired almost 20 years ago and has since built a brand new shop in order to have a better dust collection system than what was in his basement shop. Pat built 95% of the shop himself and the design was based off of a 2-car garage, which he modified to make the perfect shop. The shop is 2 stories and features a dust collection system and lumber storage on the second floor, while the rest of the shop equipment is downstairs on the first floor. CLICK HERE to find out more about Pat’s shop.

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Show Us Your Woodworking: Jim Mossoney, a woodworker from Defiance, OH, has been woodworking for 25 years and is an avid user of hand tools. He has recently addd veneering to his woodworking skills because he says that “good figured wood is getting harder to find.” His favorite project to make is a small nightstand, which he gives to family members as wedding presents. The nightstand featured above is made up of a combination of veneer tiger maple and regular boards of tiger maple. CLICK HERE to see more of Jim’s projects.

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Show Us Your Carving: Pierre Vigneux has been an on and off carver for most of his life, having completed an average of 1 to 2 carvings per year. He has made some beautiful, realistic carvings, including the Trapeur Indiens carving seen above. You can see more of his carvings HERE.  

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Show Us Your Woodturning Shop: Dennis Purcell has a collection of “old” iron tools that were all made between the 1930′s to the 1970′s, some of which he has been able to rebuild so that they can be used today. His most recent acquisition was an old lathe that is believed to have been made as a student project over 50 years ago. CLICK HERE to read more about this “old” lathe and tool rebuilds.

Fridays on the Highland Woodworking Blog are dedicated to #FollowFriday, where we use this space to further highlight a woodworker or turner who we have featured in our monthly e-publications Wood News and The Highland WoodturnerWould you like for your shop or woodworking to appear in our publications? We invite you to SEND US PHOTOS of your shop or work along with captions and a brief history and description of your woodworking (Email photos at 800×600 resolution.) Receive a $50 store credit redeemable towards merchandise if we show your shop in a future issue.

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Categories: General Woodworking

The Gentleman’s Valet – Part Nine

The Unplugged Woodshop - Tom Fidgen - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 8:21am
  I’m back on the East Coast after a great trip to Ottawa, where I was visiting the fine folks at Veritas/Lee Valley Tools. They have some exciting news coming your way in mid-September and I’ll share all the details with you at that time....
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Jay Gaynor - Requiescat in pace

Toolemera - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 8:02am
Martha Katz-Hyman has put into words what all of us are thinking and feeling at the loss of Jay Gaynor. Aside from his enormous and ever-lasting impact on the study of early trades and crafts, his influence on Living History, he was kind, generous, learned in so many areas and above all, the nicest person you would ever hope to meet. "Remembering today my dear friend and colleague, Jay Gaynor, who passed away yesterday morning. Jay hired me 29 years ago as his assistant curator at CW, and we remained close friends all these years. This picture was taken last...
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In Memoriam Jay Gaynor

Anthony Hay's, Cabinetmaker - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 7:37am

Jay Gaynor

We have lost a leading light.

Jay Gaynor, Director of Historic Trades, died suddenly yesterday morning.  Needless to say, all of us tradesmen and women here are in shock.

Jay possessed a consummate knowledge in his chosen field of historic technology.  But he wore his erudition easily.  And he encouraged us all to know more and find out more.  But not just having information was enough.  He always looked for ways to make giving that knowledge fun, interesting and very cool.

He was interested in everything, from tools to his hobby of longbow shooting.  And he was generous with his time and his knowledge.  And he had a disarming sense of humor that kept us knowing that we should be serious… but not deadly.

Probably his singular achievements, from our point of view: the 1995 award-winning exhibition Tools:  Working Wood in the Eighteenth Century with its accompanying book he co-authored with Nancy Hagedorn, all this done while he worked as Curator of Mechanical Arts for CW.

And of course, his major brainchild:  the Woodworking Symposium, held every January for the last 16 years, bringing so many of us, professionals, history buffs, and hobbyists together.

Most importantly, he expected and trusted all of us here to be professional and thorough, as employees, as artisans, as historians, as people.  That was how you earned his respect and his gratitude.

Jay was initially reluctant to take the reins of Director.  He enjoyed his work as a curator tremendously.  But as he subsequently proved, he was uniquely qualified for his position skippering this huge ship of Historic Trades, by his knowledge, his generosity and professional demeanor.  All with a light, but firm touch.

And who can forget his awful woodworker jokes sprinkled throughout each symposium session! And the requisite ceremonial removal of the necktie that signaled, “We’re on!” at the start of each one (applause every time) for the attendees.  And for us presenters, it signaled, “Here we go, oh gosh, we’re in trouble now!”

Ladies and Gentlemen, would you please rise up, drink a parting glass, and honor the man.

Thoughts and prayers for his friends and family.

Your comments and remembrances are welcome below.

The Hay Shop.

 


Categories: Hand Tools

If You Don’t Have a Tenon Saw

Lost Art Press: Chris Schwarz - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 5:10am

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One of the more remarkable items I got see this summer that belonged to Jonathan Fisher was this fascinating homemade saw. Stoutly made with pegged mortise-and-tenon joints, the tool looks like what happens if a hacksaw and a tenon saw had a love child.

Joshua Klein, the Maine woodworker who has been studying Fisher, was undecided as to what Fisher used the saw for. The teeth are fairly coarse – though that could have happened after Fisher’s death in 1847. So one theory is it was a fancy bucksaw. Another is that it was a tenon saw.

If it’s a bucksaw, it’s the fanciest bucksaw ever. Also, the depth of cut is pretty limited.

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So judging from the overall physical characteristics of the tool, I think it’s more likely it was used for joinery. But who knows? To me it looks like a miter-box saw (and Fisher did make his own miter box devices), though I would expect to see some more wear on the wooden parts from the saw rubbing on the miter box.

If you are interested in the continuing research into this fascinating early American woodworker and Renaissance man (and a direct relative to Thomas Lie-Nielsen), subscribe to Joshua Klein’s blog, Workbench Diary.

— Christopher Schwarz


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Woodworking in America Speakers - Wilbur Pan - Popular Woodworking Magazine

Giant Cypress - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:18am
Woodworking in America Speakers - Wilbur Pan - Popular Woodworking Magazine:

Glen Huey’s ridiculously flattering profile of yours truly. Hope to see you at Woodworking in America.

And again, if you’re in the Tri-State Area and can’t make to WIA, I’ll be at the Brooklyn Kezurou-Kai on Sept. 6. Don’t worry, Glen. I have a lot of great stuff saved up for WIA.

What is Nonexistent

Lost Art Press: Chris Schwarz - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 1:39am

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The wheel’s hub holds 30 spokes
Utility depends on the hole through the hub.
The potter’s clay forms a vessel
It is the space within that serves.
A house is built with solid walls
The nothingness of window and door alone renders it usable,
That which exists may be transformed
What is nonexistent has boundless uses.

Laozi, founder of philosophical Taoism


Filed under: Historical Images, Personal Favorites
Categories: Hand Tools

Jointer-planer combination machines, part 3

Heartwood: Woodworking by Rob Porcaro - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 8:57pm
Having established in the previous post a rationale for this type of machine in a small woodshop, let’s take a look at the Hammer A3-31, which I’ve been using for the past two and a half years. Getting it into the shop I’m afraid I must start with one of the few problems I have […]
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I Hope You Like Jammin', Too.

The Workbench Diary - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 8:12pm

Ooh, yeah! All right!
We're jammin':
I wanna jam it wid you.
We're jammin', jammin',
And I hope you like jammin', too.


Ain't no rules, ain't no vow, we can do it anyhow:
I'n'I will see you through,
'Cos everyday we pay the price with a little sacrifice,
Jammin' till the jam is through.


We're jammin' -
To think that jammin' was a thing of the past;
We're jammin',
And I hope this jam is gonna last.

No bullet can stop us now, we neither beg nor we won't bow;
Neither can be bought nor sold.
We all defend the right; Jah - Jah children must unite:
Your life is worth much more than gold.


We're jammin' (jammin', jammin', jammin')
And we're jammin' in the name of the Lord;
We're jammin' (jammin', jammin', jammin'),
We're jammin' right straight from Yah.


 
Yeh! Holy Mount Zion;
Holy Mount Zion:
Jah sitteth in Mount Zion
And rules all creation.

Yeah, we're - we're jammin' (wotcha-wa),
Wotcha-wa-wa-wa, we're jammin' (wotcha-wa),
See, I wanna jam it wid you
We're jammin' (jammin', jammin', jammin')
I'm jammed: I hope you're jammin', too.


 
Jam's about my pride and truth I cannot hide
To keep you satisfied.
True love that now exist is the love I can't resist,
So jam by my side.


Categories: Hand Tools

H.O. Studley, Artist

The Barn on White Run - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 7:22pm

My recently departed friend Mel Wachowiak said something that resonates with me often at the moment as I am assiduously putting meat on the bones of the manuscript that is becoming VIRTUOSO:The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley.

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What Mel said was this:

Whenever something is made that is more beautiful and more expressive than it has to be in order to function, then you have art. 

Oh yeah, H.O. Studley was an artist alright.

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For more information on the upcoming exhibit of the H.O. Studley Tool Cabinet and Workbench, you can go to the exhibit’s web page here.

Jay Gaynor: A Brief Remembrance

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 7:18pm

I am sad to report that Jay Gaynor, director of Historic Trades at Colonial Williamsburg since 2001, died today. Jay was formerly the curator of Mechanical Arts at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, which he joined in 1981. Prior to that, he was co-owner of Jamestown Tool Co., makers of reproduction 19th-century English metal handplanes, director of the High Point Museum in High Point, N.C., and associate curator of history at […]

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