Thursday, September 15, 2011

Design and Build a Side Table - Garrett Hack

Garrett Hack breaks down and uses a pocket hole jig. Disaster declared in the world of hand tool woodworking!

Not really Garrett is demonstrating how a properly set up pocket hole and screw can be used to hold on the top. He promptly goes on to show how to use a drill and gouge to achieve the same effect.

As ever it is a delight to have Garrett and his wife Carolyn visit Port Townsend. Lots of fun and good conversation. A big hand to Dick Preston for providing them a home for their visit.

We're negotiating Garrett's return in 2012 and we're hoping to offer his Demilune Table class in either July or September 2012. Watch the website for details.

Now the slideshow:
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Jim Tolpin, Drawknives and Port Townsend

One of our perennial jokes about living in Port Townsend is that "Life is tough in Port Townsend , but somebody has to do it!".

Jim Tolpin follows up his article on Drawknives in a recent edition of  Wooden Boat Magazine with a series of demonstrations at the 2011 Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend. We're sharing some pictures of the demonstation and some general pictures of the Wooden Boat Festival. For me this was the best year ever.

Jim Tolpin's presentation:

Some real teaser pictures of the festival:

Dave Jeske and Steve Brown at the Wooden Boat Festival 2011

Dave Jeske of BlueSpruce Toolworks drove up from Oregon City to join us for the show. I was stunned by the quality of his chisels and marking knives.


Steve Brown presented on "Making and Using Adzes" and "Traditional NW Canoes - here are some pix from his canoe presentation:

Chris Schwarz at the Wooden Boat Festival 2011


The Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend this year was spectacular. Summer arrive for the week and the weekend. Clear blue skies, toasty sun and afternoon breezes. The Port Townsend School of Woodworking had a large booth next door to the Lee Valley booth. Lie Nielsen were in the Boat Shop on the other side of the marine. Handtool Haven!

Chris Schwarz gave great demo on Foreplanes and a keynote presentation on "Craftsmanship, Joinery and Anarchy" - both to rapt audiences.

Build a Sawbench with Chris Schwarz

We were very privileged to have Chris Schwarz be with us at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking for the first week in September and to join us at the Wooden Boat Festival.


These pictures will give you a great sense of what it is like to be in the class. I'm pretty sure that everybody finished their benches and most of the class stayed on the Handplane Essentials class too.

Darcy McNamara's Carved Mask

Steve Brown's classes on NW Coast Arts and toolmaking are a wonderful introduction to the traditional crafts of the NW Tribes / First Peoples. We've had a wide array of folks join us to take the courses at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking.

Darcy McNamara joined us for the first of Steve's classes at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking and helps out as a teaching assistant and is now helping us work on a fundraising plan. So I'm even more delighted to share these pictures of the mask she started in Steve's Carving a Nuu Chah Nualth Mask class. I think it is just gorgeous. These pictures don't quite do it justice as I got too close with the wide angle lense.



Thanks Darcy for allowing us to display the mask at the Wooden Boat Festival and for helping out at the booth!

New Benches



We've been planning to add more workbenches at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking. Upping the class size for Chris Schwarz's and Garret Hack's classes was the incentive. We got the benches with the help of Ron and Michelle Hall of Woodcraft in Seattle.

Our thanks also to Gee Heckscher - board member extraordinaire for collecting them and bringing them back to Port Townsend. Now he wants them to stay in the back of his truck to improve the handling!