Maple shavings don’t get much better.

Maple shavings don’t get much better.

Getting some patterns ready to carve tomorrow. A 17th century New England pattern (from the Savell shop in Braintree, Massachusetts) and a lamb’s tongue ogee.

Getting some patterns ready to carve tomorrow. A 17th century New England pattern (from the Savell shop in Braintree, Massachusetts) and a lamb’s tongue ogee.

Dovetailed Curly Cherry Box #1

This is without any finish. I just threw on a coat of shellac and it looks pretty nice. I’m going to make 3-5 more of these before I teach the class. I think I’m going to make the next one out of black walnut. 

Decided to redo the tails. I think 4 tails in a board this size with saw kerf sized pins might be too intimidating for a new class.

Decided to redo the tails. I think 4 tails in a board this size with saw kerf sized pins might be too intimidating for a new class.

Stepping up that dovetail game. The boards are 3 1/2” wide. Tiny dovetails, tiny pins. Wish I had one of those optivisors.

Stepping up that dovetail game. The boards are 3 1/2” wide. Tiny dovetails, tiny pins. Wish I had one of those optivisors.

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Nick just stopped by and gave me the best payment on a piece of furniture I’ve ever received

Nick just stopped by and gave me the best payment on a piece of furniture I’ve ever received

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She didn’t say no. Caitlin and I just got engaged :)

She didn’t say no. Caitlin and I just got engaged :)

Got my Goddard (left) & Townsend (right) Newport style ball and claw feet plaster castings in from Al Breed! These will be a great reference for carving.

Got my Goddard (left) & Townsend (right) Newport style ball and claw feet plaster castings in from Al Breed! These will be a great reference for carving.

"This is something I feel very, very strongly about… 99% of the people who do furniture making, who do stonework, who do plumbing, who do whatever, who build this world, are traditional craftsmen doing a job. You’ll never know their names. Most of this world was built by people who are just anonymous. It’s not the artists, it’s the craftsmen. I view myself a craftsman."

Steve Latta, American Period Furniture Maker 

It’s official, I will be teaching joinery and furniture making classes at Woodcraft! The first series of classes will be on hand-cut dovetails and making this fine dovetailed box. (This box is by David Barron and is the one he makes in his classes. Thank you for the recommendation David!)

It’s official, I will be teaching joinery and furniture making classes at Woodcraft! The first series of classes will be on hand-cut dovetails and making this fine dovetailed box. (This box is by David Barron and is the one he makes in his classes. Thank you for the recommendation David!)

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