Box joints. Difficult
as a dovetail, but far worse
Hand dovetailed cabinet made from locally grown beech. The design is from a book called Made by Hand by Tom Fidgen.
Use this woodworking guide’s Q&A to craft around wood’s predisposition to shrink or expand with fluctuations in humidity or temperature.
I spent a month building up the finish on this tabletop. Day after day of sanding and varnishing and sanding. After all of that the best that could be said was that it was shiny. It shone like a mirror. But the color was off- the varnish had given the top a vaguely bluish tint, so the whole thing looked cold. Worse, if you ran your hand over it, the top felt like plastic, because that’s exactly what it was covered in. I hated it, but I kept chasing this idea that maybe if I just made it even *shinier* , that would fix all the other issues I have with this thing, and in the process I would somehow prove all the don’t-varnish sideliners wrong.
I started planing off the varnish this morning-long fluffy shavings of translucent yellow plastic. It feels good to be able to see and feel the wood again. The plan now is just to oil it, which is obviously what I should have done in the first place. I think I’m back on track.
“I think that what I would like to do before it is too late is to get this across to a few craftsmen-to-be who will work after me, and also to a public which will be there to receive them, because we are living in a time when, I believe, this is important. Fine things in wood are important, not only aesthetically, as oddities or rarities, but because we are becoming aware of the fact that much of our life is spent buying and discarding, and buying again, things that are not good. Some of us long to have at least something, somewhere, which will give us harmony and a sense of durability -I wont say permanence, but durability- things that, through the years, become more and more beautiful, things we can leave to our children. We can enjoy them while we are here, and even if we can’t surround ourselves with these things, they should be here for those of us who long for this sort of thing.”
-James Krenov 1920-2009, A Cabinetmaker’s Notebook
Hotello is a portable space, containing all the necessary elements for a minimal room: a desk, a lamp, a stool, a shelf, a locker. Hotello consists of a metal structure that supports double curtains (translucent and sound absorbant) as well as all the furniture needed to work and rest.
Designed by Roberto De Luca and Antonio Scarponi.
The Wood Turner
Shot in a couple of hours on 2 separate afternoons, this is Leo who lives in a yurt with his partner and a variety of animals on the edge of Exmoor in the UK.
He is a craftsman of many talents, and this film shows him turning a piece of wood into a beautiful bowl using a traditional foot powered lathe (which he also built himself).
We started shooting on the first afternoon, but one of his sheep escaped, so we had to shoot the rest the following afternoon. Unfortunately, the weather was far from perfect and was actually raining lightly.
It doesn’t take him long to turn one of these bowls, and watching him work was a real pleasure.
Conversations with Angels – Luke Richards
Inner Dream – Barrie Gledden.
All shot using Canon 7D with EF 24 -105, f4 lens.
found via Paleotool