This well shot, if rather hokey video shows a post-and-rung chairmaker at work in his water powered shop. It looks like he also cards wool, weaves baskets, does some wagon wheel work, smiths…
His lathe looks to be a pattermaker’s lathe similar to mine, with a carriage for doing precise work.
He has the ubiquitous low assembly bench for assembling his chairs. I like his holdfast v-block-with-a-post at 3:00. He hits is holdfast with a metal hammer!
Old shops seem to be a total disaster. Why? This much mess would drive me nuts.
“In a confused world, he is a contented man,” it says at the end. Seems today will forever be tomorrow’s ‘good-old days.’
What a great glimpse into the artisan world of Cape Breton. Thanks for posting it. Bob
It made me feel better that he used sandpaper to smooth his turning. 🙂
Makes me want to find that place. Thanks for sharing.