Saturday, May 31, 2008

Images from the Coopering Class

We finished Coopering Class around 4:30 this afternoon. To give you a taste of what the class is like I'm embedding a slide show in this post.

I got so involved in the early part of the class when we were splitting blanks off the cedar blocks with a froe and beadle; shaping them with an axe that I clean forgot to take some photos. So these are from the latter part of the class.

This is definitely a class we'll run again.




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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Hand tools at every workbench

Lee Valley has enabled us to equip each bench with complete sets of hand tools. Lee Valley has also helped with the teaching hand tools you'll see around the school.

We're beyond delighted. We'd been struggling with tool lists and requiring many beginning woodworkers to go out and purchase tools before they have experience with handtools. Buying a set of tools before a course can easily add several hundred dollars to the cost of a course (beyond accommodation and travel). We think that this helps reduce the cost of entry for anybody deciding to explore woodworking - you don't need to make an initial investment in tools before you take the course.

Once you have learnt woodworking, using the (very) high quality tools that Lee Valley makes under their Veritas brand, you can then make your purchase decisions based on that experience.

If you already have a some of the tools on the tool list for a course feel free to bring them along and tune them up and see how they perform.

Our deepest thanks to Robin Lee of Lee Valley Tools for this incredibly generous help.

Rescheduling: Working with Woodworkers - 26th June 2008

We're rescheduling the Working with Woodworker's lecture by Jim Tolpin and John Marckworth to be the first event of our Summer term on June 26th.

The original announcement:

What does it take to successfully commission a new kitchen or suite of furniture from a custom woodworker? Jim Tolpin & John Marckworth  will share their experiences good and bad. Plus we'll get a bunch of local woodworkers to present their stories good, bad and funny.

Thursday 26th June 2008 starting at 6:30pm. Free admission

In Building 315 (The Old Power House), Fort Worden, Port Townsend. See our website for directions.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Emergency Services at Fort Worden

We had a little too much excitement last week. The good news is that there was no lasting damage done...

We needed to call 911 from the school and we discovered some wonderful things. Fort Worden has an extended 911 system which means that any 911 call from any of the Fort's building goes straight to Jefferson County Dispatch and the local Emergency Services. The 911 call is also flagged to the Rangers and other trained staff at the Fort. Within minutes of the call there were helpful Fort staff at the scene and I'd been called at home to notify me of the event.

The Fort is also equipped with AED (defibrillators) and other first aid equipment.

This makes us additionally glad that we are located at Fort Worden.

Our sincere thanks to the EMTs of East Jefferson Fire and Rescue and the responding staff at Fort Worden.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Cancelling tonight's lecture: May 22nd 2008

We regret that we have had to cancel tonight's lecture (Working with Woodworkers). We hope to reschedule it soon. Please check here to see when it will be rescheduled.

Great articles on Seth Rolland and more....

Seth and I co-taught a course on Curved Wood in Furniture almost a month ago. There is a great article on Seth and his work in the Woodworker's Journal eZine. You may need to register to read the article.

There's also a good article on the NW School of Wooden Boat Building in the same edition.

Its great to see a lot of publicity for woodworkers and woodworking in the Port Townsend area. This place really is a hub for woodworking!

Sssshh..... don't tell anyone.....

Aug Boeger reports:

Edensaw has a special on some "Sticker Stain Sapele for $2.10/BF.  They have several stacks of 8/4 left & a smaller quantity of 4/4. I thought the blog should know about this.  It's going out the door quickly as the boat yard has discovered this great deal

There's still space.....

There's just a couple of open spots In the Router Jigs and Fixtures course this Saturday (May 24th). Learn how to make the most of your router by using commercial or shop made jigs and fixtures.

We'd love to see a few more folks in the Coopering class on 31st of May. Coopering is the art and craft of making buckets, barrels and bathtubs without glue. Learn how to make a  bucket from staves that you shape on a coopering plane. Steve Habersetzer will take you through the whole process.

More information and on-line registration at our website.

Working with Woodworkers - Tonight at 6:30pm

<Ooops - sorry for the late update>

What does it take to successfully commission a new kitchen or suite of furniture from a custom woodworker? Jim Tolpin & John Marckworth  will share their experiences good and bad. Plus we'll get a bunch of local woodworkers to present their stories good, bad and funny.

Thursday 22nd May 2008 starting at 6:30pm. Admission $8 at the door.

In Building 315 (The Old Power House), Fort Worden, Port Townsend. See our website for directions.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Duck or Grouse! Decoy carving - May 8th

Mallards, ladies and gentlemen. Port Townsend's very own George Deacon will demonstrate, talk about or otherwise present the art of Making Duck Decoys. Find out more about wooden waterfowl and the finesse of the feathers. We'll even add it to your bill!

Seriously - George carves and paints wooden duck decoys. Find out more about this wonderful craft in an informal session at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking.

Thursday 24th April 2008 starting at 6:30pm. Admission $8 at the door.

In Building 315 (The Old Power House), Fort Worden, Port Townsend. See our website for directions.