Sunday, March 28, 2010

Build a Gypsy Wagon Class - March 2010

Port Townsend School of Woodworking

I turned up at the end of the workshop. Everybody looked happy and tired. It had a been an intense three days - a mixture of class time, shop time, visits to wagon makers in the area and a session steam bending and spelunking for wagon parts in Steve Habersetzer's shop.

If you were in the class you can click on the link on lower left of the slideshow above and download the class pix. I posted two - 'cos naturally not everybody was smiling in the same photo.

Also we encourage you to post comments to this post telling us what liked (or not) about the course.

Thanks for coming!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Woodworking Help Needed - For a Good Cause

Port Townsend School of Woodworking

Can you help? John, Jim and I are unable to help this very worthy cause. Is there somebody in East Jefferson County that can help? Please contact Marie.
Hello Tim,
Your name was given me by Pamela Roberts, WSU Coop Extension in Port Hadlock. Pamela and I have been coordinating services for a local man who is a quadrapalegic, following a devastating illness a year or so ago.
The program which I work for (Roads to Community Living--RCL) has purchased for him a computer with voice activation, printer, etc. This technology will be an enormous asset for him as he struggles to regain independence, network with his personal/professional network and otherwise be in touch with the broader world.
I am trying to find donated materials and labor to build for him a good bedside table to hold his computer, accessible storage and a good place for his printer. In his small home in rural Irondale, his friends built a large room with doors opening to his garden and we would like to have some components built to make this room convenient for him.
Pamela thought perhaps you or colleagues might help us and it would be much appreciated by a good man who caught a real bad break.
Thanks for your consideration.
Marie Campbell, RCL Contractor
(360) 452-3525
(360) 477-1242

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Darrell Peart and Lee Valley Tools make Greene & Greene Details easier

Port Townsend School of Woodworking

In the past Darrell has taught students to make the square holes to make the square holes for Greene & Greene style square plugs using either hand chisels or a hollow mortiser chisel. Darrell has worked with Lee Valley Tools / Veritas to come up with a set of square chisels very similar to a hollow mortise chisel.

The students in this class were working with some early production versions and they (and I) were impressed with how much simpler, cleaner and faster they made the process! Locate the square chisel; tap in to place; drill through the chisel; tap the square chisel down to depth; use the drill to clear the shavings; perhaps a little clean up work with dental picks and a fine chisel and you're done!

You can see the chisels and the process in the slideshow above. The square chisels will go on sale shortly.

Congratulations to Darrell and the Lee Valley Tool company! Darrell tells the story.

Darrell is teaching his Greene & Greene Details II in middle of April. Details I is repeated in July.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

“The Japanese Influence on NW Style”—Dale Brotherton - March 18th at 6:30pm

Port Townsend
Lecture Series: The Art and Craft of Working with Wood

The Japanese aesthetic and the skill of Japanese woodworkers has long influenced architectural and furniture styles in the Pacific NW. A few woodworkers have traveled to Japan to immerse themselves in the tradition and to learn from the master craftsmen.

Dale Brotherton is one of those who has made the pilgrimage and returned to start a successful business building homes, teahouses,  and furniture. We first heard about Dale for the work he had been doing to restore buildings at the Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon.

Dale will be teaching several courses at the school this year so this is a great opportunity for you to be inspired by the craft of Japanese Woodworking.

Entry by at-will donation.

When: Thursday March 18th 6:30pm
Where: At the School - Building 315, Fort Worden State Park

Chair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Port Townsend
Well not quite tomorrow but Friday. Chairmaker Tom Dolese is teaching a week long class on Chairmaking (starting March 8th through Friday 12th). Feel free to drop in at the school and take a look at the chairs in progress.

Here's a slideshow of progress: