Sunday, August 7, 2011

Hand planes

Hand made wooden hand planesSpent a little time this past week making a new wooden hand plane. The one I just made is the closer of the two pictured here. It's a maple body with a Goncalo Alves sole. The blade is bedded at 55 degrees and should work well for difficult to plane woods. I was quite careful when I was tuning it and I'm really pleased with how small the mouth opening turned out--it's just enough to pass the thinnest of shavings and that too should really help reduce tear-out.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Carving seats

Instructor, Andy Jack, working on a seat

Windsor chairs and studio fellows

 Wow, it's been over a month since I posted an update! Sorry about the lag. I've been busy in the shop and took a week out of the fellowship to assist in the Windsor rocker class here at school. The class was amazing and most of the students left with fully assembled continuous arm Windsor rockers.

In the fellowship, I've completed the alternate box that I was working on in addition to the "membrane" box. I've put the membrane box aside and I'm working on a chair mock-up.

The Studio Fellows - Aug 2011

As a bit of mixed news, I'll be leaving the fellowship early (really early). They've offered me a job here at the school. In two weeks I'll start as the new assistant facilities manager. I'm really looking forward to it.