Category Archives: The Old Craftsman’s Woodworking Shop

More On Shopping

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Yep, us fellers have to be so careful these days. One mistake and it’s all over social media. Damn!

Shopping For Lumber

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New Wood Stove For 2022

Here is a picture of a wood stove that is selling for a fair price these days. Myself, I will stick with the one I got.

Cobblers Bench

Finally finished up the Cobblers Bench I have been working on for the past week. Nice piece and I am sure who ever buys it will enjoy it for years to come.

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Modern Day Furniture

Some Assembling Required

Cobblers Bench

Well, I said I would let you see the Cobblers Bench that I have been working on, when I finished it. We old Woodworker’s called items like this … Early American Country Furniture. What a lot of woodworkers don’t know is. That, Early American Country Furniture, means … A product with more than one use! Now you know.

I just finished staining it Early American a few minutes ago and tomorrow I will put on three coats of the finish

Should look real nice when all said and done!

I will take another picture when it is all finished.

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Who Would Have Thought

But it’s true!!

The Old Craftsman Woodworking Shop Rules

Sign Project

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Woodworking at its best

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One Smart Beaver

I Found That Statement to be true over the years

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Now that beaver has talent

Hmm, maybe I will hire him … or her.

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Yep … In the beginning, I did make a lot of firewood

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Some Have Asked …

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My First Table Saw

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The Old Craftsman Hours

Some have asked when I open my woodworking shop.

New Road Side Stand

Here are a few pictures of the new Roadside-Stand that I have been working on for the past week or so. From start to finish. It turned out not so bad, and will be nice to put some outside things on throughout the summer months. When I get to making them, that is. Ha ha. And … we usually have some fresh veggies, tomatoes and things, that we sell from time to time. The axle on the front is off an old Stage Coach, and the Back Axle is off an old Model T Ford. I just put everything together years ago and came up with this. It was a bit shabby from sitting out front for years, as you can see in the one picture, but all new now, with a steel roof. Anyway, as requested, here are a few pictures.

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Helpful Tips

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Gas Prices Versus Lumber

Well, it’s cheaper than what they are charging these days here in Canada. Can’t blame a guy for trying. Sheesh!

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Lumber Alternative

Being a woodworker, I am now saving my shavings for those that might be in need of some lumber. Hey, with the prices they are charging these days, we all need to do our share helping those around us.

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Lumber Prices In Canada

It’s about right.

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What you’re Paying For

Pay More, Get Less, That’s our countries’ logic. And the worst part is we are supposed to like it!!

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Lumber Prices In Canada

Certain people should be ashamed of what they are doing to the working man here in Canada.

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A Woodworkers Dilemma

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Breakfast Time

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Pine Hall Table

Here is a Hall Table that I made last year. Turned out quite nice, I thought.

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Wine Rack

Hi folks. Here is a wine rack I just finished. I made two of these last year for a couple folks. It turned out nice and holds 99 bottles of wine. A nice weekend project. The neat part is, if need be, I can make it larger or smaller. I did make one two years ago that held over 400 bottles.

It’s designed, so the wine bottle lies flat, and slopes slightly downwards, which in turn keeps the corks for drying out.

Another happy customer, and by the looks of the wine that they have in it already … I am sure they will be happy. Ha Ha.

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Studio Cabinet

Here is a picture of a small Studio Cabinet I made awhile ago. More work that meets the eye with all the drawers. Turned out nice though, don’t you think?

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Old Lumber

A picture of how I clean up some older boards using my old Jack Plane.

Doing it this way versus my planer, I can see if there are any nails or ? That might be hidden. Saved me a lot of money over the years, doing it this way. Buying planer blades can get expensive.

Lots of shavings!

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Looking for that special Flute

Here are a couple pictures that actually turned out quite nice. My wife took them while we were foraging for that special piece of wood, that I wanted, to make a special one of a kind, Walking Stick Flute.

Sometimes I walk for miles with no luck. Then the next time out, I find it within minutes. Go Figure. Ha Ha.

I did find a piece and the Flute Turned out Fantastic. The customer was very happy. And … that’s all that matters.

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Wooden Computer Desk

Here is a desk I made using some very old lumber I had lying around for over twenty years. It turned out really nice and sold shortly after I had it made. Impressive piece, but a lot of work. It’s a one of a kind, as I wouldn’t make another. Ha Ha.

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More Wooden flutes in the works

Here are a few pictures of some Flutes I am working on in the “Old Craftsman’s” Woodworking Shop. Still lots of work yet to be done. We call them FLUTURE FLUTES. The reason for that is, I make and tune them a lot different from most flute makers. You could call them the Flute of the Future. Which they are. Anyway, these pictures will give you an idea of what is involved. A lot of tedious work, but the end results makes it all worthwhile.

I don’t use any store bought parts, other than some select pieces of wood for the inlays. They are all my own design, which came from years of making them. Every one is unique in their own way.

Thought I would share.

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New Cabinet with Electric fireplace

We looked around for a year or so and couldn’t find a good electric Fireplace. At least one that looks like real wood burning. Finally, we found one.

I then decided to take it one step further and build a custom cabinet, so we could insert the new Electric Fireplace into. Turned out nice, and thought I would share a few pictures. From start to finish. We are enjoying it.

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Our Gift Shop

Here is a picture of some of the flutes I made just before the virus hit. Hopefully we will be able to open things back later on this summer. If not next year for sure. Got my fingers crossed. GW

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Shave Horse

Here is a picture of a Shave Horse I made awhile ago. I made it using a piece of pine that I got from taking down one of our trees. An easy weekend project, that is sure coming in handy. It helps me hold things while making my Wooden Flutes.

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Drying Lumber

Lumber in the old woodworking shop.

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Who says imagination isn’t ?

Made in the old woodworking shop. Makes things easier.

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The way it should be when friends come to visit the old woodworking shop

My best friends old dog resting his tired, heavy head.

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Old wooden Door

Made in the old woodworking shop. Made from old lumber using forged iron door latches, Hangs nice.

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Old Churn

Made in the old woodworking shop. Wouldn’t make another, though. I am not an angle man. Ha Ha

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Chest From the shop to the home

Here is a chest that was made years ago in the old woodworking shop. I made all different kinds over the years.

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Adirondack Swing

Here is the swing I just finished making. Turned out nice and will hang it come spring. I will put a finish on it and then a varnish. Once that is done will take another picture and let you have a look see.

Out for a Walk

Here are a couple pictures I took while out with a friend of mine awhile ago. We think as humans we are good at taking down trees, but these critters are pretty good at it too, and they don’t mind how large or how small they are. LOL One thing is for sure, they love Yellow Birch. Can’t say I blame them, as I like it too when cut into lumber for making some choice items in the woodworking shop. It has a unique grain in it that stands out when you hit it with a natural stain and add three coats of urethane. Thought I would share.

Shave Horse

Here is a Shave Horse I made for making my wooden Flutes. Makes a hard job easy.

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Store Pictures

Here is another picture of one of our stores years ago. I miss them days.

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One of Our Stores

Here is a picture of one of our stores when we lived in Niagara. Gives you an idea of the things that were in, so to speak years ago.

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Pine End Table

Here is an end table my wife designed with a magazine rack on one side with a cutting board or ? I made it out of white pine. Customer was happy.

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Bird Feeder

Here is a Bird Feeder with a lift lid on the front, that my wife designed and painted. Turned out great and customer was very happy with it. It is made of White Pine.

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Wooden Items

Here are a few items I made awhile back. A stool with a lift lid made of pine. Stained in an Early American. Then a Key Holder out of Red Oak, a Walnut Jewellery Box and a couple small bowls I turned on the lathe.

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Small Wooden Stool

Here is a small stool my wife designed and painted for a customer’s young one. I made it out of solid white pine. Very sturdy stool. They were happy with it.

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Making Hearts

Here is how I made my hearts using a scroll and hole saw. I found if I needed them to be all the exact size this worked out great.

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White Pine End Table

Here is a Pine End Table, with shelf that my wife designed, and I made for a customer. I turned the legs giving it a unique flair, and my wife covered it with a white stain. Once finished, I sprayed it with a couple coats of semi-gloss lacquer. Nice piece.

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Sold Pine Stool

Here is a sold pine stool my wife designed for a lady, so she could get into her top kitchen cupboards. She was just a touch short. LOL. I added some leather to the centre of each step for slippage. Once made I stained it with an Early American and topped it off with three coats of Semi-gloss Urethane. Happy customer.

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Toy Chest

Here is a Toy Chest order my wife designed and painted. I made it out of white pine. Turned out great and customer loved it.

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Wine Rack

Here is a wine rack my lovely wife designed and I made. It has a lift lid for storage with a slide for your wine glasses under the storage department. Holds 20 bottles of wine. Once made my wife painted the letters and grapes on the top. It was made of white pine. Another happy customer.

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Black Walnut Butcher Block

Here is a picture of a Butcher-Block I made awhile back. The cutting block is made from a 10 inch (25.4 cm) sold piece of walnut with a knife holder on one side. I then surrounded it with Red Oak. The legs are made from white pine. Turned out great and the customer that ordered it was very happy. Hard to get thick pieces of walnut anymore.

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Store Items

Here is a picture of some items we made over the years at one of our stores in Niagara. Gives you an idea of what we were making back then.

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Woodworking Shop

Here is another picture of one of my old woodworking shops. I have had a few over the years.

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My Old Shop

Here is a picture of my old shop I had year ago. Large door that I could set a whole lift of pine lumber in when needed. Miss them days and miss my old shop too. I have others will post them as I find them.

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Pine Chest

Here is a pine chest I made awhile back. It is lined with cedar. The wood is called Zebra wood comes from Germany. I got the wood from my Brother in law Walt, many years ago. He worked at a factory that brought in items in crates. When ever he got some crates with some good-looking wood he would give me a call and ask if I wanted it. For a few years I got wood from all over the world. I sure miss them days as it is hard to find unique kinds of wood anymore. Especially from other countries.

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Wine Rack

Here is a wine rack I finished awhile back. Turned out nice and the best part it is being put to good use. As you can see.

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Numerous Store Items

Here is a picture of different items my wife Ruth Designed and I made for our store, when we lived in Niagara. Was a great time in our life. Not saying we haven’t got it good now. Gives you an idea of what we carried.

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White Pine Shelf Unit

Here is a shelf unit I made for an order made from white pine and designed by Ruth my wife. It also has pegs on the bottom to hang items of choice. It is 4 Feet long, 7 inches (17.78 cm) high, and 6 inches (15.24 cm) wide. Nice shelf and another happy customer.

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White Pine Hutch

Here is a pine hutch I made awhile back. My wife Ruth designed it and I brought it to life so to speak. Nice piece and the customer was very happy.

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Harvest Table

Here is a harvest table I made for a customer out of white pine. I turned the legs, then stained it with one coat of Early American and one coat of Golden Oak. Then topped it off with three coats of Oil Urethane. A piece like this will last a lifetime. Happy customer. They used to be a great seller. Today most folks want the modern look.

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Woodworking Shop

Here is a picture of my old woodworking shop I had years ago. It was kind of a sad day, as it was torn down making room for a new subdivision. But … like everything in life, things have a way of ending, in spite of what we humans think we can do.

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Here are some Items I made and my Wife designed and painted

More Signs & Things

Here are a few more signs and items my lovely wife has painted since moving to Port Loring.

A few more Sign Orders


Few Pictures of sign Orders We have Done



Head Board

Well I finally finished the Head Board for our new bed. It is made out of solid hard maple including the panels. No bolts other than the ones holding it to the bed frame. All pieces are held together with Mortise and Tenon joints. One of a kind and will last for years. GW

Picnic Table

Here is a picnic table I made for a lady a few years ago. It turned out well and she was happy. I made it out pine, sealed it, and stained it natural with a coat of marine varnish. It should last for years sitting outside. It took two days to cut out and put together. GW

Baby Chair

Here is a baby’s high chair I made for our Grandson a few years back. It is made from hard maple. It turned out quite nice. There were no complaints from our Grandson. GW

The Wizard of Oz

Awhile back my wife took an order for an Early American Style Deacon’s Bench. I have made hundreds of these in the old woodworking shop over the years. It was made from white pine. It has a storage spot under the seat which is a lid. Sometimes I put the lid on the top of the seat, sometimes I put it in the front. Either way works just fine. Then to make it even nicer my lovely wife painted the characters from the Wizard of Oz on the top Rail. The customer was thrilled. GW

Potato & Onions

Here is a potato and onion bin I made for another customer. I have made hundreds over the years. Most are made from white knotty pine with keeping the lid clear so paintings can be done. Of course my lovely wife does all the painting. GW

Lamps

Here is another project I did awhile back. I made 4 of these and all sold within a week. I have to admit they turned out nice. They are made out of White Birch from a tree that came down in my yard after a storm. GW

White Birch Lamps

Buffet and Hutch

Here is another project I made for a lady which she loved. The only issue was, that after I made it, my lovely wife wanted one for her kitchen. So … I made her one. It has floating panel doors and is made out of white and red pine, with a sold back. My lovely wife painted then distressed it. Turned out quite nice. GW

Small Cabinet


Here is a smaller Early American Cabinet I made awhile ago for a customer. It consists of a floating raised panel door, a drawer and two shelves along with a solid back. Made out of white pine, stained in an Early American. Nice piece, the customer liked it a lot. That’s all that matters. I enjoyed making it too which is a plus. GW

Christmas Sleigh

Here is a two pictures of a Sleigh I made for a customer and my lovely wife painted it afterwords. The customer said the paining was a treasure. I agree with that. GW

Walking Stick Flute

Here is a Flute that I made awhile back from a large root of a tree. It took a lot of work but when all said and done it turned out magnificent. I only had it in the store for a couple days when someone came in to buy it. It sold for over $500.00 which is a modest price for the work that went into it. I enjoy making them, but problems arise finding the right piece to make them out of. GW

Walking Stick Key of E Flute Completed, Tuned in a Pentatonic Scale.
Bringing the Flute to Life.
Walking Stick Flute
My Lovely Wife did the painting of the Red Tail Hawk.

armoire

Another piece of furniture I made years ago in my shop was an Armoire. The wood I used to make the doors, was knotty pine. The sides and solid back was made from 100 year old White Oak. Let me tell you, that Oak was hard as nails to sand, and I was sure glad when it was finished. It was one of those jobs you wished you never started. But it got done, and the customer was very happy.

Amoire

Wooden Pez- Holder

For those that liked the candy that came with a Pez holder, I thought I would share a picture of a shelf unit I made many years ago. I have to say the lady had a great collection. It’s an old picture but it will give you an idea of how I made it. GW

Made in 1996
Pez Holder before Stain

Swing Set

Here is a picture of a Swing I made just before moving here to Port Loring. My wife and I enjoyed many an evening sitting together in it enjoying the evening hours. GW

Swing set I built in 2002.

Scroll Saw

Here is a picture that shows you what my old Beaver Scroll Saw looked like. It was a great machine never letting me down. I have to admit I miss that saw. It has a cap on the top that you put grease into which in turn keeps things lubricated. The other nice thing is, you can take a narrow band saw blade, cut it up and you have numerous blades for a cheap price, which don’t break. I thought I would share. GW

Beaver Scroll Saw 23 inch (58.42 cm) throat.

You Gotta See The Fluture Flutes

It has been awhile since my last post. So many things taking place these days that I just haven’t had time to do much writing or posting here on the Blog. Finally, we finished up our new flutes. They are called  Fluture Flutes, reason being it is a Flute of the future.  For over 30 years I have been making Flutes wanting to perfect a scale that will not just play one but will play dozens.  A mistake took me to what I was looking for.  From there I perfected it over and over till the Flutes took on a sound like no other.  I then stream lined them so to speak, installing a Totem on the top that sets things right.  Each Flute is made from exotic woods all inlaid so not one is the same. To appreciate their true beauty one has to come and see.  I added a picture of our collection, one of the largest in Canada.  Drop by, you will never see or hear Flutes of this calibre anywhere. They almost play themselves!!

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Items To Chat About

Well been quite a year for my wife and I here in Port Loring.  Customers & friends have been steadily stopping by our small store all summer.  Great to see them and have a bit of a chat.  I have to say this past year has been the busiest since we moved here 13 years ago.  Amazing how time flies.  And to add to that, all have been great years.  Made some good friends over the years too.  This winter we decided to not go to Florida as I have a lot of orders for my Flutes which I have been making for over 30 years.  It is a challenge filling my orders, as each Flute takes a great amount of time to make.  For years I have strive to better my Flutes, along with coming up with my own scale of music that can be played on them.  For most parts Native American Flutes play a peaceful array of sounds.  That is fine but I wanted something different, something more, something better.  I have always said a person can ride along on the shoulders of others, but if they want to be known for years to come they have to climb down and take back the reigns.  Which I have done.  As of this year I have invented a new Flute that is all together different than the old Native American Flute.  We have come up with a name which is called FlutureFlute. It in all essence is a Flute of the Future, there is none like it anywhere.  It has the same features, sort of, as the old ones, but the looks and cosmetics along with the Pentatonic Scale has changed.  It sings like no other Flute but yet one can still play the old scales if needed.  As I say it took me years to come up with a scale of music that this flute can play.  Then to design the flute so that scale can be played and sound fantastic took some doing.  But in the end, all paid off and I am sure in the coming days, months and years it will be one great Flutureflute.

New Addition For Equipment & Things

Took a picture of a lean-to that I am adding to the back of our store.  Need a bit more storage for my mowers and things and now can drive the riding mower right in along with the snow-blower come winter. Will be nice to have it so near the house, as my old spot was down over the hill and we are thinking of taking it down, before it falls down.  So thought I would share. Will take another as things get done.  Talk Soon.

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Lean-to Back Of Our Store Started August/10th/2009

Native American Pipe Info

Did You Know A medicine pipe is a sacred tool of Native tradition used to bring one closer  to the Creator.  The smoke acts as a communication device, bridging the two worlds closer together.

New Shop Addition

Well needed a piece that would hold my work for making my Branch Flutes> Got to say it sure works slick. An old Shaver Bench modified to my liking. Took a bit of doing but end results are more than I expected. Thought I would let you folks have a look. Talk Soon.

This Weeks Project In The Old Woodworking Shop

Well had to stop the Flute making for a couple days to make this bench for a nice lady here in town.  Thought I would share.  Talk Soon.

Working Away Here in The shop

Well been busy here the past few days making sawdust in the old shop.  Nice on days like this when the weather is snowing blowing and cold outside to be in there working away where it’s nice and warm. Gives a fellow a good feeling inside.  Burned a lot of wood this season so far guess it’s because of an early start in the burning season as last year it was colder but didn’t burn as much.  Oh well got lots so not worried.  Hope you all are keeping busy.  Talk Soon.

Woodworking Shop

Well been working in the shop the past few days on some projects for our small store come spring.  Keeps me busy and I enjoy it.  Gets me out of the house and keeps the old mind moving in the right direction.  For folks that sit around the house all day, find your self something that interests you and get out there and do it.  Keeps us older and younger folks healthy.  Nothing worse than to just sit around and do nothing.   I figure each day I wake up an look outside I am given another day so I make the most of it trying not to waste one minute, life is just to short for that.  Talk Soon.

The Old Woodworking Shop

Around this time of year my old shop starts to get busy. The main reason is there is always a few presents that has to be made for Christmas,  along with my lovely wife wanting a few projects done up.  In other words us woodworkers call that Honey Do Projects.  I can’t think of anything more that gives me such pleasure than working out there where it’s warm  looking out at the snow covered gardens that I have out back.  Sort of a piece of contentment I guess one might say.  Once and awhile my wife comes out to chat, which we do a lot of by the way.  We call our breaks,  Talk A Tea and Talk A Water and around two, Talk A  Coffee.  Sounds kind of crazy in most folks eyes I suppose,  but that is what they are.  I got to say this we sure enjoy each others company.  Has been that way for over thirty years now.  Once the Christmas orders are done up I will get back to making my Native American Flutes along with my wife whom makes  them look beautiful after my part is done,  which fill our store from wall to wall come spring.  They also give me great pleasure, as I can find nothing more special than taking a piece of old time forgotten wood and making it sing.  Well,  home made chicken soup here is on the menu,  so figure I should go and get a bowl. Talk Soon.

White Oak Hmm

You know a couple years ago I got some white oak figuring it would be a good burning wood. I also have been burning wood for heat a good portion of my life and had in my mind that I pretty well knew all there was to know about types of wood, what is good for burning and what is not.  Well I put about four cords in the basement come the end of August and felt good about it, only to find out that it didn’t burn worth a darn.  Ended up the only way I could get it to burn properly was to split it about four times,  then let it dry for another month.  I thought it was pretty dry as it sat out covered for two year, but I was wrong.  But, hey I learned something and that is to stay with my ash, yellow birch, white birch, red oak and hard maple. I got to say ash and hard maple are on the top of my list for good heating,  through them cold winter days when temperatures dip to around -20 below.  The other problem I had with the white oak,  was messing up my chimney pretty good. After four weeks of burning,  it plugged it in places.  Glad I cleaned it out and will clean it out once more just before Christmas, as I should be done with it by then.  Usually with the hardwoods I only clean my chimney twice a burning season.  Oh well not a big deal.  So if you heed my advice you could save your self a few headaches.  Talk Soon.

Planer Gave Up The Ghost

Well worked in the shop most the day today.  Had a bit of a problem with the old Planer. I bought it a few years ago a Ridgid>  The bearings are shot in the old girl and I guess it isn’t worth fixing.  So guess it’s time to go shopping.  Didn’t expect that this time of year but we used it a lot so what can one do.  Now I wish I didn’t sell my heavy duty one I had back at my old shop.  Oh well what can you do can’t cry over spilled milk.  Other than that had a pretty good day.  Got a few Flutes made and made a mess in the shop.   Talk Soon

Shop Work (Native American Flutes)

Well figured I had better get at some of my shop work today, been awhile and got to be in the right frame of mind to work on my Flutes. I usually make around fifty a year as that seems to be the magic number for sales though out the summer months in our small store. I have been making them for a lot of years now but I had a good teacher, old Grey Wolf. He would sit for hours getting them just tuned right. But as he said “they have to be done right, as who wants a Flute that doesn’t sing properly.” I make most mine out of white cedar that I get from a local bush. The fellow that owns the bush is a good friend of mine and I am very luck to know him. The cedars I use are not live, they have long passed on and it gives me a good feeling taking an old dead piece and bringing it back to life. Got four ready today and tomorrow will work on tuning them. Talk soon.