Summer Journal (continued)

Summer classes begin with a Welcome Supper. Here’s Drew at the wood fired pizza oven.

Toolmaking for Woodworkers was taught by Hans Karlsson and John Kraus. Looking on are Phil Fuentes and David Freeman . We are planning on offering this course again in 2011.
This is Alan Liby cranking the air blower on our coal fired forge. Mike Cooper tries some forging.

While her husband Elmore attended class, Martha Kelly used her time here for some inspiring landscape painting.

Hans Karlsson (left) stayed after his class to attend Ladderback Chairmaking. Bob Wright (center, Minnetonka, MN) and Bill Odell (Cortland, OH) are shown assembling a side panel for one of their post-and-rung side chairs.
During carving Bowls and Spoons we had a chance to test all 3 versions of our experimental “bowl dogs.” These devices are used to secure half-log bowl blanks during initial hollowing with an adze. This is Cliff Chaffee (Campbellsville, KY) hard at work using Gene Faasse’s bowl dog. Road tests of all 3 versions are in our August ’09 e-News.

Although Japanese Woodworking was cancelled, Carl Swensson drove down from Baltimore to help build our roofed deck at the pond. Here’s Carl and Dan Mirkes at work on the side wall posts.

With Carl’s involvement, the structure has been dubbed the Shoji Shack. Still to come – a swim float with a hinged connecting ramp. The pond is also stocked with rainbow trout. You are welcome to take a swim after class is over for the day.

In the 17th Century Carved Box course construction begins with panels that are rived from straight grained red oak logs. Class participants Bill Davig, Ron Westlake and Dan Mirkes look on as Peter Follansbee discusses fine points in the process.

Detail of the front panel on one of Peter’s 17th century carved boxes. Peter does this type of work full time as a demonstrator at Plimuth Plantation, near Boston, MA. We are planning to offer this course again in 2011.

The 17th Century Class Photo. It was raining outside and the flash version of this photo looks weird. So here’s a grainy version. Top row: Stew Blain (Lampe, MO), Ron Pardue (Clemmons, NC), Bill Rohrs (Ingleside, IL), Joe DesLauriers (Brasstown, NC), David Bird (Gardiner, NY), Mike Goodbourn (Barford, Warwickshire, UK), Bill Davig (Richmond, KY). Bottom row: Karen Faasse (Easley, SC), Ron Westlake (Norfolk, NE), Dan Mirkes (Minneapolis, MN) and Peter Follansbee (Kingston, MA). Judy Albertson (David Bird’s partner) was also here as a cooking student with Louise Langsner. In addition, Peter’s wife Maureen, along with their 3-year-old twins Daniel and Rose, were here for the week.

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