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.
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.
- (SCA) Project Documentation
- (SCA) Medieval Folding Chairs Research Project
- Pre-Industrial Hand Tool Research (mostly SCA period, but includes up to 18th Century)
- (SCA) Essays on woodworking (mostly SCA releated, but aren't specific project documentation)
- Chemistry in the Workshop (cleaning old tools/furniture and making finishes)
- My woodworking History
- My woodworking Education
- Selected Bibliography of useful furniture references (in progress)
- My Project Protfolio (a Google album containing both SCA & Modern projects)
- My eBay Vintage Tool Store