After a feverous bout of Thanksgivukkah eating binges and family gatherings, interspersed with long periods of time in my man-cave workshop, I’ve finally come up to take a breath. Literally, because I’ve been working with some Burmese teak again, and I’m always wearing the dust mask, particularly with the turning I’ve been doing over the last week. The Teak dust tends to stick to things because of the oil content of the wood, as well as the fact that each turning chip is a positively charged particle looking for a place to stick. Up until recently, I’ve never been much … Read More »
Next week will be my 5th Woodworking in America conference working for Gorilla Glue at their booth. The Gorilla Glue Company has been a sponsor of this event since it’s inception, and has continued to show it’s support of woodworkers, hobbyists and DIY’ers everywhere. They are a local Cincinnati company, with products made in America employing hundreds of families that continues to bring new and innovative products to market.
This event is always the highlight of my annual woodworking calendar. Meeting old friends and new, sharing ideas, learning techniques and spending a wad of cash always comes with a two day … Read More »
It’s never easy to come to grips with the death of a friend. However, the recent passing of Frank David, of Midwest Woodworking didn’t come as a total surprise. Frank has been in and out of the hospital for the last five years since I’ve known him. His health had continued to go downhill over the last decade and had according to some, he “cheated death” more than a few times. He had a strong will and constitution, but sadly, his body finally gave out earlier this week.
I was introduced to Frank by a family friend who was also his … Read More »
I’m in the thick of things when it comes to preparing for my 5th Woodworking in America Conference. As an exhibitor (Gorilla Glue’s “official” woodworker), I’m working on preparing something interesting to share with fellow woodworkers while working in the Marketplace. This year we’re going old-school and featuring Gorilla’s original polyurethane formula. It involves really strong joinery for outdoor teak furniture. Here’s a sneak peek below:
Which leads me to the point of this post, Why WIA? Everyone has their reasons, and mine are only a sample of what’s sure to be hundreds of reasons you should attend.
For me it’s simple … Read More »
Building furniture is always very satisfying, but building a scale model of a piece of furniture is really fun. I’m a fan of playing to your strengths. So that’s why I only spend a small amount of time fussing with a drawing. My skills are somewhat lacking in that area. I do much better working in three dimensions. Scale models allow me to get to a place where I know the design and proportions work well together. This one took me about 4 hours, including the mini parts milling. I used some Niangon wood left over from an older project, … Read More »
After the huge wood sale this past weekend, I’ve accumulated enough lumber for the next few years of projects. It’s been close to a month since I made some sawdust but I’ve finally begun the design process on my next project. It’s a commissioned outdoor bench made from teak, so every cut counts. Much like the last project, I’m doing only very rough sketches and moving into building a scale model prototype. Scale models make it easier for me to think through the various angles and dimensions in a way my rudimentary drawings don’t allow. Plus, with only a small … Read More »
Last night’s dose of Advil has all but worn off by now. My body aches are likely to continue as I begin to move the 450 bd/ft pile of lumber from my car’s garage spot into the storage locker in my basement. However, these are not complaints. They are the lingering reminders of what was considered by most of the 200+ attendees an extremely successful event. Friday was in fact a personal day off from work my company refers to as a “Curiosity Day” a paid day off each employee is given to get out and try something new, different, … Read More »
Food critiques are not my area of expertise, but here’s why I’m writing one.
Last night, my wife suggested we check out A Tavola Pizza located in Over the Rhine Cincinnati. It was her birthday, and who am I to turn down pizza. They specialize in hand made, wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, great wines, craft beer, and craft cocktails. Our seats were right at the pizza bar so we had a view into the oven as the pizzas cooked for ~90 seconds in the 1,000+ degree oven. Hot out of the oven, their specialty artichoke pizza was delicious. The mix of fresh … Read More »
I guess it all depends. But it seems like there are two basic schools of thought.
Design motivates me when it comes to taking on new challenges or fabrication techniques. Bent lamination, organic curves and using veneer in my designs are relatively new areas for me. I’ve been a pretty boxy guy when it comes to furniture design. I think it’s partly due to my limited free time to actually spend in the shop. My wife would probably tell you it’s my type-A personality that always seeks order. Being a parent with a full time job outside of my basement and … Read More »