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Finding green wood

Green wood is everywhere. In fact, dry wood doesn’t usually exist in nature: trees are veritable pipes full of water and once they die the rotting process is fed by water. Yet finding green wood can be a daunting task

Posted in Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, How-To

Milk Paint DVD

My Popular Woodworking Milk Paint DVD has just come out.  While many paints hide the wood’s subtle surface quality or create a plastic looking finish, milk paint is an incredibly thin, natural-looking paint that allows every pore of the wood

Posted in Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, Craft Films, Finishing

Storing Green Wood

You’ve got your hands on some green wood.  How do you store it? If your winter stays below 40 or 50 degrees, take your time, it will probably keep fresh till spring. However, with several recent warm winters, rot seems

Posted in How-To

Octagonal Legs

A couple months ago I filmed an Octagonal Side Table DVD and a Milk Painting DVD with Popular Woodworking. They should be out sometime this summer. Here’s a photo of the table:   To film a DVD you need lots

Posted in Classes, How-To

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

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