Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Build a Box Workshop Followup

Everyone marking out and sawing the shoulder of their rabbet
Everyone really jumped right into the work at the box building workshop this past Saturday at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center. Things went really well I thought. Everyone did great with the sawing of the rabbet shoulders, chiseling out the waste and finishing with the router plane.

Also thanks to everyone for making it through making the grooves when some of the plow planes were being a little finicky.  At least we had a couple that were working well and everyone made it through.

Beveling the edges of the bottom to fit the plowed grooves
Beveling the bottoms of the boxes to fit the plowed grooves went smoothly with the block and jack planes. The bench hooks worked really well for beveling the end grain edges and some stops on the bench were set up to hold the work for plowing and also for beveling the long edges of the bottom with the jack plane.

Hopefully everyone learned something and had as much fun as I did. Our last class of 2015 will feature mortice and tenon joints in the making of a frame. I'm figuring out what to do for the programs in 2016 so I'd love if you would leave your feedback or suggestions for next year's workshops in the comments section of this post.

If you've enjoyed a workshop or just think getting people exposed to hand powered woodwork is a good idea leave a couple of dollars in our tool fund at Thanks!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Build A Box and More

Clockwise: Tenon Saw, Rabbet Plane, Router Plane, Cut Nails, Plow Plane
Getting ready for the box building workshop at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center on Sept 19th at 10am (details on the Classes and Presentations tab above). These are some of the tools we're going to get a taste of as we complete a small box. Boxes are one of the core forms of woodwork and many things are based on them, I'm sure you can think of a few. Should be a fun time with lots of learning. Also hopefully to be unveiled will be some new tool chests for the student tools. These tool chests use many of the techniques of the small box, just scaled up to a larger size.

Also coming up this fall we'll have a green wood spoon carving course with the Steel City Folk School at their November 7th session. Registration is open, join us for 6 hours of spoon carving in Pittsburgh's East End!

Later in November we'll be back at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center for a workshop on building a small frame with mortise and tenon joints.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Spoon Carving at the Steel City Folk School

I'm super excited to announce that I'll be doing a spoon carving workshop at the Steel City Folk School's November 7th event hosted at the Waldorf School in the Friendship neighborhood of Pittsburgh's east end. The workshop will be just one of several sessions happening that day from Noon to 9pm. 

The spoon carving workshop will be 6 hours, which should be enough to get from a log to a spoon for each participant. Tools and material will be provided. More info to come as we get closer. Please check out the Steel City Folk School website for more information on the school and it's mission.