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Trugs, Hoops and Poles

For your education and enjoyment, here are three short films of woodland crafts from British Pathe, a huge library of vintage films: This short English video shows the making of trugs.  I love the shot of the steam box.  What

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Hewing a behemoth bowl/Comb Back class

My greenwood week students are making small bowls this week and I promised them I would post this video of a German dude making a small bowl. I just watched it again for fun: The tools in the windowsill are

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“Growth, Mentorship and Joyfulness”

Sangjie Zhaxi is a documentary studies student at Duke University who spent a semester in my shop, taking photos and talking about his life in Tibet. His grandparents in the countryside of Tibet were woodworkers and lived a simple life

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German Wheelwright Videos

As I mentioned in a previous post,  I’ve been searching for old wheelwright videos.  I only found a couple of interest, until I started searching for “Radmacher”  and other applicable German words.  Score!  It makes me wonder how many wonderful

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Wheelwright Videos

I’ll be teaching a weelbarrow-making class with Peter Ross the blacksmith next month (there’s still a couple spots left) and we’ll be making the wheels too.  I know little about making wheels, but luckily Peter knows quite a bit, having

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Pitch Forks

Curtis Buchanan called last week.  We talked of our class schedules, springpole lathes (we are both building one)  and the book Curtis is reading Craeft: An Inquiry into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts.  Curtis is persuasive; I

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Birch Bark Canoe

César’s Bark Canoe, Bernard Gosselin, provided by the National Film Board of Canada A follower of this blog sent me the link to this video about a Native American making a canoe with a dozen tools and four materials: birch

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The Chairmaker and the Boys

The Chairmaker and the Boys, , provided by the National Film Board of Canada Since my last post I found this fictional video from 1959 of a couple boys playing at Ernest Hart’s mill and chair shop. The shop seems

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