|Here's the thing.......|
|Somethings got us chuckling!|
|Dovetail Lament (do 'em by hand)|
Jamie was looking for the person with the roughest hands and for some reason she picked on Dennis. He is our official "smooth hands" Guinea pig for a product called Helping Hands. A representative for the company saw a blog Jamie had on trying to find a good creme/lotion for working hands and generously sent a bottle of it -- I guess Dennis will have to start a daily blog and have random neighbors evaluate the condition of his hands! Jamie mentioned another product available at Home Depot which is called Working Hands. It's made by O'Keeffe's and I have it on my typing digits as we speak. Found it in the paint department.
Ted, who's pictured on the right in the top photo, told us about an upcoming swap meet that will be held in the parking lot of Woodworker's Emporium on Arville. The date is Saturday, March 31 and the time will be from 9-12. It sounds like a good way to get some money for those tools you're not using plus an opportunity to pick something up that you may want. In any case, it'll be an opportunity to mingle with other woodworkers and talk wood with one and other.
For show and tell, I brought in the acanthus leaf I carved in the workshop with Ian Agrell.
The workshop was a 5 day one and this honestly took about half of that time. It's all hand work, no sanding and an hour or so was spent drawing -- definitely not my strong suit. It's a piece of African Mahogany which Dennis told me he'll avoid at any cost because of the interlocked and otherwise crazy grain.
Before the Rich started his demonstration he showed a few books that he enjoys. One that seemed to generate a lot of interest is authored by Jim Tolpin, an author I've been aware of for at least 30 years. He goes through a series of projects and exercises designed to hone your hand tool skills. Many of the things he covers are ones that I taught in traditional classes that were called Industrial Arts. Here's an Amazon link to that book, it has the Look Inside feature so you can see what's in it for yourself.
Rich also showed the layout and rational as to how he designed his shop. On one wall there is a collection of plywood panels and he has a variety of tools mounted to that with French cleats.
|Tool Storage Wall|
Richard is one of the hand tool aficionados' of the group. I happen to fall into that category as well but if you're more into power tools it was really educational to see what he had and how they were used. As an example, here is what's called a hold fast. A fairly simple tool to hold your work without the use of a vise:
Let's talk about his demonstration. A Lamb's Tongue is a decorative way to end a chamfer. It's much more elegant than just stopping it short. Here are some of the tools he used to accomplish it:
|From Left; Float, Chisel, 2 Auriou Rasps, Carcass Saw, Stanley #90 Rabbet Plane|
You know how they say a picture is worth a thousand words? Well, thanks to Lupe a video is worth much more than that! Here's a link to the video she made that is now on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxVi8-nLPfM
Essentially the process is to first lay out the profile with the pattern and waste out the majority of the wood with a saw. This can then be smoothed with either a rasp or float. Since the tongue profile is laid out on both sides a series of cuts are made with the backsaw to the layout lines. Chisel and mallet is used to rough out the profile which is then completed with files, rasps, or floats. Carving chisels can be used as well but your objective is to make a smooth, decorative end point for your chamfer aka A Lamb's Tongue.
I'm sure I'm speaking for all of us when I give him a big Thanks! Great demonstration and it was good to see one of our members shop. Maybe we should have field trips more often, anyone want to volunteer their shop?