Since 2005, I have been stockpiling local hardwoods. These are full flitches (entire logs) milled to my specifications for furniture making and stacked on pallets.
All of this material has been slowly and patiently air-dried. It’s a process that is not widely used commercially due to the time requirement, but the quality of the material is so much better than kiln-dried.
These are some of the primary benefits of air-dried wood.
Can be bent in tighter curves and with higher success rates.
The material feels less brittle and works easier.
Less tendency to warp as it is being worked.
Some say that the colours of air-dried material are more vibrant.
For the first time, I am offering the wood from my private woodshed to the general public. Cataloguing everything takes time, and I will continue to add more as time permits. Subscribe to my blog to be notified when I post more pictures of wood available.
The next season of seminars at Lee Valley Tools Ltd. Coquitlam begins the day after New Years Day with Make Your Own Smoothing Plane taught by yours truly. Together, we will be making wooden, laminated smoothing planes while I regale you with tips, theory, options, alternate techniques and stories of goofs that I’ve made in my early attempts.
Later in January, I will be teaching the ever-popular Fundamentals of Hand Tool Joinery. This class will be a great introduction to cutting joinery by hand. I will teach and demonstrate core techniques for cutting clean and accurate joinery before you cut your own joint using tools including a hand plane, marking gauge, square, marking knife, saw and chisel. As you work, I’ll share some of my own tips and alternate methods of accomplishing the task, as well as insights into why certain tools might be preferred over others.
Can you think of a better way to spend a cold Saturday in the middle of February than in a climate-controlled workshop with me as you Make Your Own Veritas Wooden Spokeshave? Neither could the folks at Lee Valley, so this Valentine’s Day, you have the opportunity to be one of the first to take this class. Starting with a Veritas Spokeshave Kit and a fine piece of hard maple, we will work together to produce our very own adjustable wooden spokeshaves useful for all sorts of shaping tasks (including twisting table legs!).
The toned-down version of my Make a Monstrous Mallet seminar is scheduled for March 5. In Make a Mallet, we will each build a medium-sized mallet useful for normal tasks such as driving chisels or adjusting planes, or shelling pecans (mmm… candied pecans!). I’ll bring in some samples of mallet styles and sizes and you will be able to customize your mallet to your liking (sorry – no Monstrous Mallets will be made in this seminar!).
I really enjoy teaching seminars and they are fun for all involved. Come and learn some new techniques while meeting other passionate woodworkers, or bring a friend or family member for a fun and memorable learning experience!
Pre-registration is required and can be done by calling Lee Valley Coquitlam at 604-515-8896. Details of the aforementioned seminars can be found at the bottom of this post.
I am proud to announce that Wireframe Cabinet has been juried into a new exhibit at Seymour Art Gallery. Discovery: Air features work from 28 artists based on the theme, “air” and runs from Wednesday, January 8 until Saturday, February 1, 2014.
The gallery is located at 4360 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver and is open 10am-5pm every day of the week.
I will be attending the Reception and Awards Presentation on Sunday, January 12 from 2-4pm.
The Eastside Culture Crawl is one of the biggest highlights of the year for lovers of art and craft. It’s an annual event and this year features over 400 artists in 84 buildings across East Vancouver. Over 15,000 people are expected to explore the Crawl.
Workshops and Studios, Not Galleries
These are not art galleries with artwork, but the actual workspaces of the artists that you’re able to explore and see their work. In some cases (such as The ARC at 1701 Powell Street), the space is also where they live.
Parker Street Studios (at 1000 Parker Street) is the biggest venue and during the Crawl, 125 artists open their doors to the public. Among them is Judson Beaumont of Straight Line Designs Inc. (floor 2, unit #260). He is graciously allowing me to set up a small display with my Anniversary Boxes in the middle of his shop.
The Eastside Culture Crawl website lists all the venues and artists participating in the Crawl, as well as much more information, including a map.