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Making Shellac

This video was made by the fellow I buy my shellac flakes from.  Who knew it took so much effort by insect and man to make a pound of shellac?  Or that different trees make different kinds of shellac?  Now

Posted in Craft Films, Finishing

Thanks Curtis

I first met Curtis Buchanan 15 years ago this month. My father drove the five hours to Jonesborough, TN and dropped me, a 17-year-old homesick boy, off for a week. Curtis had a student that week. I split logs and

Posted in Chair Stories, Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, Craft Films

Bodgers

“Not a lot of money in that is there?” “No, not a lot of money…. Still we’ve always done it… Money’s not everything.” Bodgers were wood turners who worked in the beech woods around the furniture-making town of High Wycombe

Posted in Craft Films

Dowel Plates/New Class

Over a decade ago, a customer told me he used a dowel plate to cut the tenons on his spindles.  “That won’t work,” I replied, having never tried it myself.  Last fall, I switched to using dowel plates to cut

Posted in Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, Classes, Craft Films, How-To

Mountain Shovel Maker

I just stumbled upon this old Folkstreams video for the second time – it’s well worth watching.  A poplar or basswood log and five tools:  scribe, ax, adz, drawknife and a knife.  No work-holding devices, but a neat way to

Posted in Craft Films

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