One of my readers sent me this video. It's from 1964 Sweden, of an old fellow making a spinning wheel. The film is beautifully shot and silent, so you can can choose your own soundtrack. There's a lot of great parts, but my favorite is the boring and...
by Elia Bizzarri | Aug 20, 2022 | Craft Films | 2 Comments
Morgan and I got back from a west-coast vacation a couple weeks ago and I've been carving seats and gluing up chairs ever since. I've got 18 undercarriages together and 22 to go. I might switch to putting backs on for variety. I've never had a...
Trugs and Hoops
by Elia Bizzarri | Aug 7, 2021 | Craft Films | 2 Comments
Here's a few more shorts from the British Pathe: Bentwood trug baskets being made in 1929. They have some sort of a square steam box. What was this made out of? I assume there was no CDX plywood at this time, and my experience with solid wood steam boxes is that they...
Clogs and Coracles
by Elia Bizzarri | Mar 23, 2021 | Craft Films | 7 Comments
For being in the middle of a pandemic, my life is pretty full. Tools and chairs have been selling better than ever in my career. I have made over 200 reamers in the last 12 months and am about to run out again - whew! The online classes are doing well and...
Fan Birds with Jane Mickelborough/Chairmaking Videos
by Elia Bizzarri | Jan 31, 2021 | Classes, Craft Films | 0 Comments
I first met Jane Mickelborough when she spent three days with me and taught a class on spooncarving in my shop. They spent a day carving the spoon, a day chip carving and a day doing wax inlay. Her work is beautiful, with lovely lines and extraordinarily...
Old Spoon Videos
by Elia Bizzarri | Jan 13, 2021 | Craft Films | 3 Comments
I have a ball last weekend carving spoons with Peter Follanbee and am looking forward to this weekend's class. Peter has everything - the deep voice, the big personality, mad skills and a flowing beard. What more could you want? went back and watched a couple of...
Spoons with Follansbee & Reamer-Making Class
by Elia Bizzarri | Dec 31, 2020 | Classes, Craft Films | 1 Comment
I've been looking forward to doing this class for a few months - I first learned to carve a spoon properly in one of Peter's classes and he is such a laid-back, entertaining fellow that the idea of teaching with him sounds like great fun. We'll carve a...
Green Wood Source List: By You for You
by Elia Bizzarri | Dec 25, 2020 | Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, Classes, Craft Films, Kiln | 1 Comment
Where do you get green wood? I get this question regularly and it's a hard one to answer. Seth and I sell oak splits for chairs, but it's not exactly cheap if you need a bunch of parts. My blog has general suggestions for where to look, but wouldn't it be nice if...
Democratic Videos and Upcoming Online Classes
by Elia Bizzarri | Nov 30, 2020 | Classes, Craft Films | 0 Comments
Peter Follansbee and I are planning on a few spoon carving classes in the new year, plus I'm hoping to do a series on making a chairmaking reamer. In the mean time, Curtis and I are doing the last two classes of the Democratic Chair series on October 5th and 12th (we...
Spoon Carving Videos with Curtis Buchanan
by Elia Bizzarri | Sep 26, 2020 | Classes, Craft Films | 2 Comments
Last weekend's spoon carving class with Curtis was a blast. It was great to be able to teach with him and I learned a new way to carve a spoon. We're busy figuring out how to get Curtis's camera into his shop and buying lights for my shop before our Democratic Chair...
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