Newsletter No. 56 / December 2016
We now have our schedule for summer 2017 classes. We will have two tutorials – our favorite and classic classes – Carving Bowls and Spoons, and Ladderback Chairmaking. Class size is limited to 4 or 5 participants (possibly including a summer intern.) Drew Langsner is the instructor. Louise will provide wonderful meals. As always, Country Workshops' tuition includes: your private room, all meals (beginning with Sunday supper before class begins,) course materials, and use of our specialized tools. You will be asked to bring more common tools, already owned by most woodworkers. A detailed description of each tutorial is on our web site.
We are happy to tell the world that our good friends Kenneth and Angela Kortemeier will be offering workshops this coming summer at their new Maine Coast Craft School. You may already know about Kenneth who was our summer intern back in 1996. Since then he's been doing lots of beautiful woodworking and teaching – mostly at The Carpenter's Boatshop in Pemaquid, Maine. During this last summer, Kenneth was the co-teacher here while we explored the possibilities of the Kortemeiers phasing into running CW. By the end of the summer teaching season we realized that Kenneth really wanted to start his school at the Kortemeier home place on the Maine coast.
Back-Orders and Christmas Gifts
Most anyone interested in green woodworking, especially chair making and carving bowls and spoons, is well aware that there has been an explosion of interest in our once rather obscure woodworking passion. At least, that's how it appears from our insider's perspective. It's great to find so many people becoming interested and actually getting started. In addition to the learning part, there's the challenge of getting appropriate tools. At CW we've been helping with this effort, importing tools directly from Sweden, plus carefully picking a few suppliers here in the US.
Because of the very long (6 months) delay in getting new inventory we have decided to delay taking new orders on the most popular items that are sold out for 2016. These include our axes and adzes, and the most popular bowl gouges and carving knives from Karlsson and Djarv. We will announce availability, pricing and other details for these tools on our web site and in a forthcoming newsletter. We wish to thank our many customers who have been very patient waiting for their tool orders in the past few months.
Bowl Carving with Thirds
Everybody knows (thank you Leonard Cohen) that the basic idea of riving wood is to go for halves: even mass divisions where there is approximately equal stiffness on both sides of the split. If you've been following this newsletter you also know that I am excited to learn a smart variation – actually, you can sometimes split into thirds. The basic idea is to use two wedges (or froes) simultaneously. Or, start one split at about one-third, then almost immediately retract the wedge (or froe) and place it in the center of the two-thirds section. And then alternate. This can save lots of material when your starting dimensions are overly generous. The technique can be used with already split bolts, or even with an entire round log. (With the log you'll want 3 wedges to drive into the end-grain.)
New from Drew Langsner
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