Registration is now open for all 2012 courses. Winter Tutorials
are limited to 4 students. Tuition includes materials, meals
and your private room. Specialized tools are provided for all
of these classes. Drew Langsner is the instructor. Spring Weekends
are similar to our Tutorials. Students arrive Friday evening
(for move in and supper) and class runs Saturday – Sunday.
Summer workshops with guest instructors average 8 students.
Tuition includes materials, meals and a shared room. (Private
rooms are also available.) Specialized tools are provided for
all courses, with the exception of Japanese Woodworking and
Toolmaking for Woodworkers.
to build a corner cabinet with wooden hinges and latch.
Enrollment can be by phone, post or e-mail. A printable registration
form is on our web site at: www.countryworkshops.org/Registration.html
If you have questions about our classes please don’t hesitate
to phone Drew and Louise. (828 656 2280 Mon-Sat 9-6 EST).
5 - 9: Carving
Bowls and Spoons - Full
16 - 20: Ladderback
January 30 - February 3: Rustic
February 13 - 17: Carving
Bowls and Spoons - 2 openings
February 27 - March 2: Making
the Hearth Chair
March 26 - 30: Making
a Corner Cabinet
April 9 - 13: Rustic
April 28 - 29: Spoon
Carving (Drew Langsner)
May 5 - 6: Bowl
Carving (Drew Langsner)
June 2 - 3: Willow
Basketry (Louise Langsner)
classic flatiron rowing skiff will be the project in Wooden
Summer Workshops with Guest Instructors
June 11 - 16: Ladderback
Chairmaking (Drew Langsner)
June 25 - 30: Japanese
Woodworking – Making A Shoji (Carl Swensson)
August 13 - 18: Coopering
August 27 - 31: Toolmaking
for Woodworkers (Hans Karlsson)
September 10 - 15: Wooden
Boat Basics (Douglas Brooks)
from Del Stubbs.
FROM THE COUNTRY WORKSHOPS STORE
Del Stubbs makes some of the best knives for
wood carvers. For several years we have been fortunate
to offer his engraving and kolrossing knives. This last
summer Del halted production to build an all-new workshop.
It wasn’t surprising that this longer to complete
than originally expected -- Del is a perfectionist and
an idealist. Then, just as production resumed (in the
not quite complete building) Del experienced a serious
hand accident. After many months of therapy and healing
Del is once again producing his beautiful, unique and
very functional carving knives. For now we are holding
prices that appear in our 2012 catalog.
The DS-07 kolrossing knife is a Norwegian-style, used
for single stab cut engraving that is traditionally filled
with a mixture of linseed oil and powdered bark. The kolrossing
knife can also be used for double pass, V-cuts. The finely
turned pen-like handle is comfortable and greatly appreciated
for small details and curved cuts. The DS-08 engraving
knife is a stout little beauty, intended for double pass,
V-cut decorative incising. Both knives have beautifully
turned, hardwood handles and are shipped extremely sharp.
DS-08__Stubbs engraving knife__
Mike Abbott’s most recent book, Going With the Grain,
is now available at a reduced price. This came about because
the book now has a US distributor. Sending a large quantity
from England shaved expenses that we can now pass on to
our store customers.
Abbott's Going With the Grain.
this book Mike has focused on post-and-rung chairmaking,
and he has set aside his pole lathe in favor of making
a drawknife shaved chair, utilizing rung tenons made with
a Veritas tenon former. Mike shares myriad tricks and
insights from the past 25 years or so. The book features
a variety of post-and-rung designs, including his “perching
stool” with a forward tipped seat that encourages
better posture than the conventional drop towards the
back. He also showcases a variety of seat weaving patterns
that tackle the dog-ear triangles at the front corners
of many post-and-rung chairs. It’s all in metric
dimensions; but maybe this is a good time for us to start
making the conversion. The book is loaded with color photos.
190 pages, soft cover.
With the Grain__$30.00
ABOUT STUMPS WITH LEGS
Clarkson's chopping stump with legs.
In our last
e-newsletter we ran a story about our newly upgraded chopping
stumps. (Used by bow and spoon carvers, and of course for splitting
firewood.) Adding legs increases stability and greatly reduces
the weight of these heavy, but coveted workshop companions.
One bit of feedback came from Mike Clarkson, who was our summer
intern in 1998. Mike sent us this photo of his stump with legs,
which he likes because it’s easy to transport to craft
shows where he is often a demonstrator. It’s interesting
because Mike came up with an altogether different way of attaching
the legs. The advantage is that you don’t need to carefully
shave or turn round tenons or drill large mortises into engrain
oak at compound (sighting and resultant) angles. Also, the legs
needn’t be thoroughly dry before assembly, something that
is necessary with the mortise and tenon construction. I’m
not sure if Mike used heavy screws or lags for attachment; either
BUTTER KNIFE PROJECT
NEW - INCLUDING A SPREADER FROM ITALY
knives by Elmore Holmes.
When Drew and Louise are away from home they have been very
fortunate to have Elmore Holmes and Martha Kelly staying here
as home/farm/shop sitters. Elmore is a woodworker who specializes
in chairmaking and bowl carving. Martha is an artist who works
with oils, watercolors and block printing. You can see her print
of the CW workshop on the back cover of our 2012 class and store
While the Langsners were on vacation (in southern Italy) during
October Elmore completed 5 hand-carved bowls. Elmore also left
us with 3 butter knives for our on-going collection. About the
same time our friend Norman Stevens acquired 2 spoons and a
butter knife that were made in northern Italy by Erminio Scortegagna.
Norman has contributed the butter knife to our collection. I’m
not sure who wrote the following bit of text; possibly it’s
the craftsman talking about himself.
Italian butter knife.
“I can tell you that he was born in Monte Magré
(town of Schio near Vicenza) in 1952. It always lived in this
village [of] a few people on the slopes of the Alps of Veneto.
He had the privilege of putting to good use the knowledge of
his grandfather and father who taught him the names and characteristics
of trees and wood with their employment opportunities. Today,
after many years of relationship with this raw material alive,
he finds himself in the same places of his childhood with increased
experience to create furniture and objects of daily use -- ergonomic
and durable, the intrinsic beauty, dealt strictly with natural
Norman tells me that the wood is legno della luce. ‘Wood
of the light.’ For us it’s Staghorn Sumac (Rhus
Typhina.) This is a large shrub or small tree. The wood is very
light, and the pith was incorporated into the piece. There was
a small chip missing when we received this, at the junction
of the blade and handle. This has been repaired with a dab of
Our design/study collection now has 43 butter knives. You can
see the full collection at Country Workshops’ Spreader
World Gallery. We are always happy to receive further contributions.