Archive for September, 2015

NBSS Week 3 – Hand plane tune-up, machine safety and large scale drafting…

We started this week learning the fundamentals of tuning and using hand planes. Many of us had purchased older used planes last week at the MJD tool auction in Nashua, NH and many of those tools needed a bit of TLC to work properly. We focused specifically this week on our #4 smoothing planes. We learned […]

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NBSS Week 2 – Drafting, sharpening, a tool auction, oh my

Week 2 began with a return to drafting. We have 20 woodworking joints to complete and then we move on to 5 full-scale drawings of furniture. As I’ve been talking to many current and former NBSS students, they have all recommended trying to complete the drafting drawings as quickly as possible so that you can […]

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North Bennet St. Week 1- Drafting and more drafting…..

It’s here, I made it! Returning to school is a bit different later in life, but that same excitement/dread that you experience when you’re younger still happens. I packed up my backpack and my PB&J bag lunch, hopped on my bike and headed out to the North End of Boston for my first day.

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A woodworking trip to Maine disguised as a vacation…

.                 It’s our last weekend with the car before giving it up for a year, how do you sell your wife on a woodworking trip to Maine? Disguise it as a real vacation! Not hard to do when it’s Mid-Coast Maine. So off we went, first to […]

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Sharpening redux… yet another opinion

You’ve read it all before, so and so method is the best. Use this brand and your results will be faultless. I wanted to believe it every time. I bought the products thinking it would solve all of my sharpening woes, but they didn’t and you know why: technique. In short you have to be […]

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An internship sidetrip… the search for Heady Topper

So while interning in Vermont this summer one of my Charlotte friends asked if I would try to pick up some Heady Topper beer for him. I said sure without realizing what that entailed. For those of you who don’t know, Heady Topper is an IPA that Beer Advocate rated one of the best beers in […]

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Summer Internship #3: Sharp is Sharp

.                 My final internship for the summer took me to Vermont for a week and half with Garret Hack. I met Garret years ago while taking a weeklong class of his at Kelly Mehler’s and he played an important role in helping me secure some of this […]

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An Interlude… a Quick Project in Charlotte

After my two weeks with Jon I returned to Charlotte, NC for a week and thanks to one of my close North Carolina Woodworker.net friends, Greg Smith, I had access to a full woodworking shop for a quick project. We needed a stepstool for our new apartment in Boston so I set out to build […]

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Summer Internship #2: Squareness is Overrated

My second internship took me to New Hampshire for two weeks with studio furniture maker Jon Brooks. The type of art Jon creates was a departure for me in that the concepts of “square” and “prepared” lumber that I am used to with cabinetry don’t really exist for his type of work. It was refreshing […]

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Summer Internship #1: Marquetry with a Master

.               (image above: Silas Kopf) My first internship took me to western Massachusetts for a three week introduction to marquetry, and I can think of no one greater to provide me insight into the world of making pictures with wood than Silas Kopf. I met Silas at the […]

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