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The Zen of Hewing a Froe Club

‘No time to do it right, but time to do it over.’ – Daniel O’Hagan by Peter Follansbee pages 62-66 I hear my mother’s voice every time I walk past those small hickory saplings I saved months ago: “Procrastination is the thief of time.” I’m not one of those woodworkers who makes...

Hickory Can’t Wait

This hardwood is best harvested for its bark and wood soon after cutting. by Peter Follansbee pages 22-24 Green woodworking has a different set of criteria when it comes to stockpiling material. Unlike those who work with seasoned stock, those of use who use green wood try to keep a large log from drying...

Why Spoons, Why Now?

Carving out a connection with tradition and with each other. by Peter Follansbee pages 22-24 In August 2016, I attended the 5th annual Spoonfest, the largest international gathering of spoon carvers, in Edale, Derbyshire, England. More than 200 people came from far and wide to spend anywhere from three to six...

Tool & Furniture Records

Nicholas Disbrowe, Samuel Sewall and chairs as corpse transportation. by Peter Follansbee pages 58-61 As I study 17th-century oak furniture, I come up with many dead ends. The surviving objects tell one part of the story, another view into this world is found in the written records of this period. The...

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Arts & Mysteries: More Windows than Walls

Determining patterns of work in a new shop. by Peter Follansbee pages 58-60 I’m in the last stages of building my workshop. When I first planned the building, I knew where the workbench, lathe and tool chest would go, but all the minor details were left until the building was ready....

Arts & Mysteries: Wallington, The Unhappy Turner

Trade dangers revealed in 17th-century journals. by Peter Follansbee pgs. 58-61 I thought of Nehemiah Wallington (1598-1658) when I set up my lathe in my nearly finished workshop. A few times a year he pops up in my mind. He was a turner in Puritan-era London, and as unhappy a soul...

Wood Too Good to Burn

Look to your firewood pile for plenty of project inspiration. by Peter Follansbee pgs. 58-59 I’ve been cutting up my leftover bits of green wood for firewood to use in my new workshop. It’s not going well. I have a feeling that we green woodworkers freeze to death in the end....

Wedged Sliding Mortise Gauge

Make your own copy of this precision vintage tool. by Peter Follansbee pgs. 58-60 Even after two years of working alone, I can still hear the visitors to my museum shop where I worked for 20 years: “My grandpa was a carpenter….” It’s a line I heard a lot. I used...

Arts & Mysteries: One Stick, All the Info

Measured drawings for some, story sticks for me (and others). by Peter Follansbee pgs. 58-61 I once had a job making a couple of wainscot chairs and chests for the National Park Service. After barely surviving the paperwork it took to get the job in the first place, I was then...