Author Archives: AdminCherubini

Improving planes

A few months ago, I read about Schwarz’ ambitious teaching schedule here. I’ve taught a few classes and enjoyed them thoroughly. Sometimes I feel a bit guilty since I always feel as though I learn as much or more than the students. In a recent class, I got to see the performance of a...

Williamsburg's conference

Each year, I look forward to attending the “Working Wood in the 18th century” conference at Colonial Williamsburg. It’s a chance to spend a few boys’ nights out with my closest friends, reconnect with friends I don’t see often, and recharge my woodworking batteries. As a woodworking social event, it’s top notch. After conference...

Make your magazine come to life

I’ve had a few occasions to speak to woodworking groups. Each time, I’ve asked myself how I could make the audience’s experience great. Being brutally honest, print is probably a better way to learn. You can read at your own pace. I get to choose my words carefully. The photos and graphics are carefully...

Exploring hand tools

I’m personally gratified by the amount of progress I see in woodworking today. When the author of “Table Saw Magic” (really? magic?) says to me with a gleam in his eye that he’s ditching his power tools to “come over to your way”, what am I supposed to say besides “Hallelujah brother!”. I don’t...

Arts & Mysteries on CD

PW has published a compilation of my column to date and added some great Schwarz content to round it out narratively. What you get is a cd that works a little like a webpage. There’s an introductory screen that includes a linked table of contents. Click on the article and you get a searchable...

Sharpening etiquette help needed

Last time I visited Kelly Mehler’s school, I admired the fine sharpening set-up he had. People who are serious about woodworking have permanent sharpening stations, and Kelly’s is top notch. One thing I like about it is the grinders are downstairs with the other nasty smelly machines. Anyway, I was thinking about the etiquette...

Practice makes….?

In anticipation of making this chair, I carved several ball and claw feet and several full legs, including one with the knee returns attached. I’m a firm believer in practice. But it doesn’t always make sense to cheap out. I used basswood, which in retrospect was a mistake. Bass carves differently than mahogany…different enough...

If it ain't baroque…

I’ve learned alot about baroque carving making this chair. Yes, yes, I know this is a Rococo carving and Rococo is different from Baroque. But I yes, it’s the baroque aspects of the design that I plugged into. I could write a lot about my experience carving; the tools, the stones I shaped to...

Enjoying woodworking

I skipped Pennsbury yesterday and spent the day carving instead. When I began my Chippendale chair project, I under estimated how much I would enjoy carving. Sounds a little funny to say out loud (but isn’t that what blogs are for?) but I’m surprised I’ve done as well as I have. Has that ever...