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I have had a life long interest in woodworking. It's been a long and sometimes slow road, gathering tools, equipment, wood, and most importantly skills. I'm still constrained by a fairly small shop, but I can make most of the things on my todo list.
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[[File:20081001-Bowsaw-1589.jpg|350px|right|A Cabinetmaker, Nuremberg, Germany (1589)]] I have had a life long interest in woodworking. It's been a long and sometimes winding road: gathering tools, equipment, wood, and most importantly skills. I would describe myself as an amateur professional hobbyist woodworker. Amateur in the fact I have not had any formal training in woodworking. It's mostly been trial and error, researching in books, magazines, the internet, antique shops, and furniture auctions. Professional in that I do sell what I make and have a stable client base of repeat customers. Hobbyist because I started this as therapy for myself from my IT career.
  
As a young adult in the late 80s, I got to experience the nadir of hobbyist woodworking. All the great old toolmakers who had not sone out of business had sold their souls to the Far East in search of higher margins. What tools they were making were junk. It probably drove people away from the hobby in droves. I was given a brand new Great Neck plane. Out of the package, the sole was not flat and the iron couldn't hold an edge, it would crumble on anything harder than poplar.  
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I'm still constrained by a fairly small shop, but I can make most of the things on my todo list at this point.
  
That's when I discovered vintage tools. They were a little hard to find, but with some careful looking, you could snag some here and there. I didn't really have much of a budget to work with, but I caught on to the idea that if I bought 10, sold 9, I could keep the best one for myself. Problem solved.
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== Direction ==
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My interest is in furniture and the tools and techniques used to make from the 15<sup>th</sup> Century to the early 20<sup>th</sup> Century. Broadly speaking, pre-industrial woodworking and furniture.
  
In fact, it solved itself so well, it's been a side business for me for the last 7 or 8 years. It really helped bridge some painful economic times. Unfortunately, it also kept me away from actually making anything with the tools. But that's largely behind me know. I still sell tools, but the pace is much more manageable and I am able to get projects through the shop now.
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I know, this covers a pretty wide range. But, as you'll see, woodworking tools changed very little from Roman times to the late 18th Century. The quality of steel (steel at all) improved over time and the design aesthetic certainly evolved, but the kit of an 18th Century American cabinetmaker would be completely familiar to the medieval cabinetmaker.
  
So here we are. Time to take a little tour of stuff I have made over the years. We can divide the work into 3 epochs:
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For those of you coming here to see my SCA work specifically, just know that there's a fair bit of later stuff as well. I'll label the sections to make it easier to find. But, my house is slowly being furnished with Arts & Crafts and Shaker Style furniture so there's also some support for those activities.
- Basic stuff needed for SCA camping
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- Early reproduction work in both medieval and modern furniture
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== Links ==
- Current work, greater complexity, more research, still a wide gamut of time periods.
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* (SCA) Project [[Documentation]]
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* '''(SCA) Medieval [[Folding Chairs]] Research Project'''
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* Pre-Industrial [[Hand Tool Research]] (''mostly'' SCA period, but includes up to 18<sup>th</sup> Century)
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* (SCA) [[Essays]] on woodworking (''mostly'' SCA releated, but aren't specific project documentation)
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* [[Chemistry in the Workshop]] (cleaning old tools/furniture and making finishes)
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* My woodworking [[History]]
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* My woodworking [[Education]]
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* Selected [[Bibliography]] of useful furniture references (in progress)
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* My Project [https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipP77ivswWEwSfhYmiBo-vyGfyklOYMu05fmpXa596jZQ5Z4g2Yxrmq0Vgt7wT6o7w?key=YVdQck9XYTRuNmo0UHhUM2s0dFMyUjF0VE9KN3Vn Protfolio] (a Google album containing both SCA & Modern projects)
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* My eBay '''Vintage Tool [https://stores.ebay.com/dukegsvintagetoolemporium Store]'''

Latest revision as of 07:04, 14 April 2020

A Cabinetmaker, Nuremberg, Germany (1589)

I have had a life long interest in woodworking. It's been a long and sometimes winding road: gathering tools, equipment, wood, and most importantly skills. I would describe myself as an amateur professional hobbyist woodworker. Amateur in the fact I have not had any formal training in woodworking. It's mostly been trial and error, researching in books, magazines, the internet, antique shops, and furniture auctions. Professional in that I do sell what I make and have a stable client base of repeat customers. Hobbyist because I started this as therapy for myself from my IT career.

I'm still constrained by a fairly small shop, but I can make most of the things on my todo list at this point.

Direction

My interest is in furniture and the tools and techniques used to make from the 15th Century to the early 20th Century. Broadly speaking, pre-industrial woodworking and furniture.

I know, this covers a pretty wide range. But, as you'll see, woodworking tools changed very little from Roman times to the late 18th Century. The quality of steel (steel at all) improved over time and the design aesthetic certainly evolved, but the kit of an 18th Century American cabinetmaker would be completely familiar to the medieval cabinetmaker.

For those of you coming here to see my SCA work specifically, just know that there's a fair bit of later stuff as well. I'll label the sections to make it easier to find. But, my house is slowly being furnished with Arts & Crafts and Shaker Style furniture so there's also some support for those activities.

Links