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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.
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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.
  
 
I'm still constrained by a fairly small shop, but I can make most of the things on my todo list at this point.
 
I'm still constrained by a fairly small shop, but I can make most of the things on my todo list at this point.
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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.
 
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.
  
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 a 17th Century American cabinetmaker would be familiar to a medieval woodworker.
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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.
  
For those of you coming here to see my SCA work, there's going to be a fair bit of later stuff as well. My house is slowly being furnished with Arts & Crafts and Shaker Style furniture. Just sit back and enjoy the show.
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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.
  
 
== Links ==
 
== Links ==
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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)
 
* My woodworking [[History]]
 
* My woodworking [[History]]
 
* My woodworking [[Education]]
 
* My woodworking [[Education]]
* [[Documentation]] for projects submitted to SCA A&S Contests
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* Selected [[Bibliography]] of useful furniture references (in progress)
* [[Essays]] on medieval woodworking that isn't project documentation
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* My Project [https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipP77ivswWEwSfhYmiBo-vyGfyklOYMu05fmpXa596jZQ5Z4g2Yxrmq0Vgt7wT6o7w?key=YVdQck9XYTRuNmo0UHhUM2s0dFMyUjF0VE9KN3Vn Protfolio] (a Google album containing both SCA & Modern projects)
* Project [https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipP77ivswWEwSfhYmiBo-vyGfyklOYMu05fmpXa596jZQ5Z4g2Yxrmq0Vgt7wT6o7w?key=YVdQck9XYTRuNmo0UHhUM2s0dFMyUjF0VE9KN3Vn Protfolio] tucked into a Google album (seemingly random order)
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* My eBay '''Vintage Tool [https://stores.ebay.com/dukegsvintagetoolemporium Store]'''
* 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