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Garvan Lowboy Joinery

It’s less than a week out from our next gathering at big city carver’s house. I was hoping to have all the joinery done and cabriole legs carved prior. It hasn’t been a complete miss, but as you can see … Continue reading

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Garvan Lowboy

This probably sounds like a broken record, but it’s hard to believe almost a year has gone by since my last post. And what a crazy year it’s been. The shop is heated, insulated, sheet rocked, painted, and finish electrical … Continue reading

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Big Day in the New Shop

Yesterday a cement floor was poured in the new shop. There’s radiant floor heating inside, so hopefully it will be comfy in the winter months too. About 2/3 of the space will be further covered with wood floors and contain … Continue reading

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Day 3 – Topping it Off

On the very top of this mirror is an elegant cartouche. When we first saw the various motifs, I imagined this one to be simpler and easier to execute than the angry bird, but that was definitely not the case. … Continue reading

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Day 2 – The Angry Pelican Bird

Hard to believe 4 grown men can have a great day hanging out in a basement carving mirror elements, but it’s true. The focus of today’s activities was on the bird near the bottom of our Rocco mirror. It seemed … Continue reading

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Day 1 – The Adventures of Dr. Emmett Brown

Day one of the big city spree is in the history books. Met Doc Brown at 8am sharp where he began to lecture color theory. We spent hours moving through the wheel, shading, tinting and adjusting chroma of various shades … Continue reading

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Big Weekend in the Big City

It’s an exciting double-header of sorts. Friday will be a day spent studying finishing from a group of experts in St. Paul. Our plan is to take the Townsend table from raw wood through at least the coloration steps for … Continue reading

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Profiling the Table Top

Now that the top has been rabbeted to fit in the base, apron profile traced onto the underside, and the outer profile (extended out from that of the apron) patterned, it’s time to carve in the details. The first step … Continue reading

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Mail Bag

My mail usually consists of bills, way too many credit card applications, and the occasional card or letter from friends. This week, however, it was Christmas in August. Thought I would share here because…well…as woodworkers you can appreciate them while … Continue reading

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When a Distraction Isn’t

Had a fantastic weekend in the shop helping a great friend from IA on his Goddard tea table. Most of the time was spent on knee carving. It’s “simple” to visualize carving these patterns, but the execution is difficult because … Continue reading

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