A day trip to the water

Despite all the hurricanes, North Carolina has a lot of things going for it including a long and illustrious history of furniture making. We have plenty of high style period cred through John Swisegood and Thomas Day and a whole body of work from the Moravians in Old Salem, but I have to confess that everyday…

Without breaking the bank

A small bevel gauge is handy to have around, especially if you’re drilling and reaming leg holes for staked furniture. I generally use my Blue Spruce sliding bevel (which I love), but Dave doesn’t make a smaller size (yet) so if you’re looking for something in the 4″ range you’ve probably been salivating over these…

An elevated heart rate.

While it’s pretty clear that woodworking involves a fair amount of lifting, I never really thought of it as cardio until I was gluing together my most recent chair. I’ve gotten to be pretty meticulous in preparing for glue-ups. I lay out all the parts in logical order. I make sure the glue is warm,…

A New Thing

This evening (8/18/17) from 4 – 7 pm the North Carolina Furniture School will be having an open house. The address is 503 Second Street, Ayden, NC 28513 If you’re in the area I encourage you to come by, meet Stuart (the proprietor) and check out his collection of new and vintage machines. Even for…

Finer things

When I was a kid, and we would sit on the gym floor in elementary school for assembly, I would squirm from the minute my hiney hit the floor. For the life of me I couldn’t figure out how the other kids could stand it. I remember once, sitting on that gym floor, watching a…

I have a preposition for you…

There’s a long-standing debate in our home about whether you sit on the floor or in the floor. It boils down to a regional difference in how we express what is actually happening when you get down off of a chair and put your posterior directly in contact with the floor in question. To me,…

Give us, Señor…

“Give us, Señor, a little sun, a little happiness, and some work. Give us a heart to comfort those in pain. Give us the ability to be good, strong, wise, and free, so that we may be as generous with others as we are with ourselves…” (Annonymous, from a Church Wall in Mexico, 20th C.)

Back in the saddle

Vacation always leaves me with two diametrically opposed things: a refreshed soul and a pile of work waiting for me when I return. That pile of work has kept me away from my workbench for a few days and I’m starting to feel the effects. This sounds overly dramatic, but I suffer a sort of atrophy…

Sneaky

No one ever approaches perfection except by stealth, and unknown to themselves. – William Hazlitt  

Here we go ’round the mulberry tree

I recently bought a set of rasps from Corradi (Italy) for review, and they came without handles. That wasn’t a surprise and this isn’t a complaint. We’ve gotten used to high end manufacturers adding fancy handles to the rasps they sell, but fancy handles add additional cost. Corradi decided to stick to the metalwork, pass…

Unafraid

I should have written this blog post weeks ago, but here it is. I love that my daughters want to spend time with me when I’m in the workshop. I love that they often take the little scraps left over from my projects and make something of their own. Even when there is glue all…