Sunday, July 27, 2008

Woodpalooza - Whidbey Island Woodworker's Guild Show August 22nd - September 7th

The Whidbey Island Woodworkers Guild presents the 5th Annual Woodpalooza on Aug. 22 through Sept. 7 at Bayview Corner Cash Store, 5603 S. Bayview Road, on South Whidbey. Map here.

The show will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 22 and daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 23 to Sep. 7. This free exhibition will showcase recent works by 20 guild members.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Images from the Greene & Green Class

You can find full size versions of these images in my Picasa gallery here. I'll leave the gallery up there for about a month.

The magic router bit for rounding over the ebony spline inlay is: Amana #51572 bullnose.

If you have any comments about the course please feel free to post them as a response to this entry.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Woodworking for Kids - starts 19th July 2008

We're running a Woodworking for Kids program starting on the 19th of July. More correctly John Edwards is running it for us. John used to run a kids program when he lived in Southern California (that was many moons ago). Since then John has been has been hard at work in the construction industry and raised a couple of kids.

Just after we opened up the Power House - John asked is if he could run a kids program. We were delighted to accept his offer. The program starts on July 19th. There are two classes each weekend day until the 24th of August.

From 10-12:00pm there is a class for 6-9 year olds and then from 1-3:00pm there is a class for 10-14 year olds. The classes will be held under a tent outside the school. We provide tools and materials.

The cost per class is $15. Pre-registration is encouraged. Drop-ins accepted if there is space.

Full details here

Timberframe Construction: Charles Landau

Free Lecture 6:30pm Thursday, July 10, 2008

Charles Landau, founder of Timbercraft Homes

"Timber framing is a simple but elegant building system consisting of large wood posts and beams fit together with interlocking joinery and secured with wooden pegs. As in any post and beam structure the timber framework supports its roof by transferring roof loads to principal posts and onto the foundation of the building eliminating the need for load bearing interior partition walls. The result is a strong, self supporting timber structure in which heavy timbers frame large, open living spaces.

This talk will place the modern craft of timber framing in the context of its historic development and describe some of the unique features of the contemporary timber-frame building system. Examples of recently constructed timber frame residences and public buildings will demonstrate the flexibility and energy efficiency of modern timber frame structures. It is my hope that the strength and beauty of the buildings you see, will persuade you that the future of timber framing promises to be as rich as its past and that if you choose to work in this field you will be inspired to design and build buildings that stretch the existing aesthetic and structural boundaries of timber frame construction."

Charles Landau founded Timbercraft Homes (based in Port Townsend). Charles sold the business several years ago, now in retirement (and no less busy), Charles will share his love of Timberframing in this presentation.

The Machine shop is open....

The machine shop is up and running. Our thanks to the volunteers who helped us clean it up and take out the old piping and radiators. Our thanks also to the Parks Maintenance staff who painted the shop.

We've added a heavy duty electrical service and started to move saws, planers, jointers and more into the space.

We've taught our Introduction to Stationary Tools course, over the last weekend in June, in the new shop. The students worked with us to get many of the big tools tuned up and running smoothly. It was amazing how much better the table saw worked!

Kitted out - the Lee Valley hand tool have arrived

In the middle of June four large boxes of hand tools arrived from Lee Valley. Each of the student benches is now equipped with a full set of high quality hand tools from Lee Valley. The teaching bench has a full array of hand tools and specialty tools.

We're adding storage cabinets to each work bench and will be adding the tools through the next few weeks.

If you attend one of our classes you'll get to enjoy using these high quality tools as you learn.