If you happened to miss the latest Woodworking in America conferences, be sure the take a look at the new episode of “The Highland Woodworker.” In this episode (#4 of 2012) I spent some time with the show’s host, Charles Brock, walking around the latest conference. As always with the Highland crew, it was great fun filming the segment. It should also give you a solid idea of what to expect from the next conference (time and place to be announced in early 2013). Along the way you’ll pick up tips from Chuck’s visits with Jeff Miller (who just released a great new book called “The Foundations of Better Woodworking,” by the way), PWM‘s Arts & Mysteries columnists Adam Cherubini and a few others.
Also in this episode, Chuck makes his regular visit to my Nashville shop. This time out we talk a little about tuning up what may be not only the most simple tool in my shop, but perhaps my favorite: The card scraper. The process of tuning a card scraper seems mysterious to some, but it really shouldn’t: just follow the simple steps I walk through and you’ll be creating wide, thin ribbon-like shavings in no time.
After that Chuck visits Craig Nutt for his “Moment with a Master” segment. If you’re not familiar with Craig’s work, prepare yourself to be not only floored by his skills but also his imagination; much of Craig’s furniture is made of exquisitely carved and finished likenesses of fruits and vegetables. In a recent exhibit for the Cumberland Furniture Guild (full disclosure, I’m a member) Craig turned the old John Alexander book “Make a Chair From a Tree” on its ear by creating a tree from a chair. Yes, a tree from a chair. In the end Craig resolved that it was much easier to create a chair from a tree.
Hope you enjoy the show. I was happy to be a part of it.