Saturday, October 16, 2010

Staining and Colouring with Michael Dresdner

Michael Dresdner is teaching the Staining and Colouring Workshop as part of his Master Class series on Finishing at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking this weekend. Drop by the School to watch the students learning the arcane art of dry brushing and layered finishes on Sunday.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Beginning Marquetry - October 2010

Tim Swanberg is teaching Beginning Marquetry this week (Oct 11-15) at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking. Stop by and watch the work progressing. We'll be updating this album through the week.

Update - what a wonderful week! In one of those moments of inspiration I suggested that the students make a panel of the Copper Canyon Press logo. Calling it a logo is a low blow. The Kanji of the logo means "Word Temple". Copper Canyon Press is our closest neighbour at Fort Worden State Park.

Tim and the students accepted the challenge immediately and with gusto! The completed panel will be auctioned off at the Woodworker's Ball on November 6th at the Northwest Maritime Center. We hope a generous soul will buy the Word Temple Panel and give it back to Copper Canyon Press. Your never know - it could end up in the Office of the Poet Laureate of the United States. The Panel will be on display the Port Townsend Woodworker's Show 2010.

I want to thank Tim Swanberg for his wonderful teaching style, humour and dedication to the art. We'll be getting him back soon.

Again the slide show says it all.

Plane and Simple - October 2010

At the Port Townsend School of Woodworking Plane and Simple is one of our favourite classes. Jim Tolpin and I spend two days teaching folks how to use sharpen, maintain and use benchplanes. It's wonderful to watch the grins when a student leaves with a garage sale plane working perfectly. We've a pretty high success rate - but some planes are beyond help (sorry).

Plus we add a teaser for Beyond Plane and Simple (our course on specialty planes, spokeshave and other rarer tools).

Everytime we teach this course we learn more and have more to share. The big innovation for this class is using heavily cambered blades in Jack planes to do a lot of flattening of a board. We took a crude video of this process and it is posted on our YouTube channel (and I'll post it here shortly).

I want to say a big thank you to the students on this course. I had a great time, Jim did too. Thank you for putting up with the bad jokes. We're working on those American / English woodworking translations!

The Videos:

Jaap Romijn - Designer, Maker and Creative Force

Port Townsend is blessed with a wonderful array of craftspeople. In this occasional series we'll highlight them. Plus we can be bribed - Undertown Coffees are a great currency.

Jaap Romijn emigrated to the US from Holland many moons ago and put himself through college working as a gardener. He's also worked as a street entertainer. Art and sculpture have been his first loves and that creativity shines through to his furniture.

Jaap moved to Port Townsend in the mid oughties and setup his shop in Glen Cove (just up the street from my shop). I've enjoyed getting to know Jaap and and delighted that we're working on a project together. I'm always inspired when I visit his shop.

In this short slideshow you'll see a stunning live edge sideboard; wonderful simple plywood bikes he's making for his daughter Rebecca's twins; a scrapwood chair which he hopes will make the Port Townsend Woodworker's Show next month and other neat stuff happening in his shop.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Small pieces - Large Grins!

Martha has been teaching our Woodworking for Women classes for the last two years and has been gently urging us to let her teach "Making Wooden Jewelry". The class ran last weekend at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking and was very impressive. Martha hauled in wonderful array of sanders, additional small bandsaws, epoxy and isocyanate (Superglue) glues, lots of veneer and boards of gorgeous wood. Much sawing, sanding a gluing up.

I dropped in on Sunday afternoon and everyone was begging (well asking) for more time in the shop; for longer and more courses next year. Those direct appeals will work. The new 2011 schedule should be out tomorrow and we'll add more of Martha's classes before we publish the final schedule.

Pictures say this better than words (as usual):