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Years ago I visited a well-know tool collector and was completely charmed by a series of 1910 postcards that adorned his stairwell. Each postcard featured a modestly dressed woman posing with a tool. The surface of each postcard featured some low-level pun: “Its perfectly plane that I love you.” (Yes, they made a grammatical error there.)
At the bottom of each postcard was written: Copyright 1910 by F. Bluh.
The tool collector had amassed the postcards during many years of searching (before eBay existed). I thought these postcards would make a nice shop decoration and made a note to search some out.
Then life got in the way. John and I had started Lost Art Press, then I quit my job and forgot about the postcards. Earlier this year, Suzanne Ellison stumbled on one of them, she sent it to me and it reignited my desire to collect them.
I now have 13 of them (there are more, but 13 is enough for me). I’m going to frame them this week and decided that you might like to have them for your shop as well. So I scanned each at 300 dpi, did some mild repair and sharpening and have bundled them in the following .zip file that you can download.
These images are entirely in the public domain. Feel free to print them on photo paper and hang them in your shop or stairwell.
Of the postcards, I have two favorites. The oil can postcard and the handscrew postcard. The oil can postcard says: “If sympathy can’t soothe you, perhaps oil can. What.” What does “what” mean? “What” the heck? The handscrew postcard is just creepy. The woman has a half-lidded “Ringu” expression on her face and the text reads: “I like to be squeezed.”
— Christopher Schwarz, editor, Lost Art Press
Personal site: christophermschwarz.com
Filed under: Personal Favorites, Uncategorized
At 16:23 Marc Spagnuolo claims he’s not the best person to talk about Japanese saws, and then does a nice job talking about pros and cons of Japanese saws. Video game controllers are also referenced. Completely worth watching.
He also gives me a shout out. Thanks, Marc!
Just as the Lost Art Press Horse Garage has been nearing completion, this happened.
Whenever my sister or I said “Hey” as children, at least within earshot of our local grandma (the other grandma lived far away, in New York), we were gently nudged in a more genteel direction. “Hay is for horses,” she’d say.
But European art suggests that hay and gentility have not always been at odds.
Twice this week I heard from Suzanne Ellison (a.k.a. Lost Art Press’s saucyindexer). Unbeknownst to me, The Saucy One had turned some images of the hayrake table I made for my book on English Arts & Crafts furniture (forthcoming in June 2018 from Popular Woodworking) into a framework for a collage of women using traditional hay rakes.
“I thought if a woman builds a Hayrake Table than she should probably have a collage combining her table and women using a hay rake (apparently, men scythed and women raked and fluffed),” wrote Suzanne.
Judging by their attire, most of these women are peasants (as were my grandma’s forebears), but a couple look far more refined. Please tell me that Rosina (center row, right) was not really going to rake and fluff hay in high heels and a ribboned bonnet. And what about that corseted lady in the middle of the top row?
I’m grateful to Suzanne for applying her erudition in the cause of fun. And I chuckled when I read how she addressed me in the last message: “Hey Nancy.”
Suzanne has provided the following Information about the images:
Top row (from the left): Jean-Francois Millet, a watercolor from a mid-Victorian** friendship book, Winslow Homer.
Middle left: Peter Breugel. Middle right: Rosina is dated 12 May 1794 by Laurie & Whittle, London (no other info), but much earlier than the mid-Vic watercolor in the top row.
Bottom row: Camille Pissarro, Maud Mullen by John Gast, after J.G. Brown, ‘Sweet Memories’ a postcard from around 1905, Leon-Augustin Lhermitte.
Center portion: butterfly from your table, a Shaker hay rake from Hancock Shaker Village in Massachusetts, hayrake from an original table (your photo), hayrake from your table.
The frame, as you know, is constructed from your table.
**Here is a link to the mid-Victorian watercolor in the top row, it is for sale (£28.00):
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For your reading pleasure, The University Of Michigan has kindly hosted an ongoing French to English translation of the famous Diderot & d'Alembert Encyclopedia of EveryThing Known To Man (sic). I recommend using the Browse By Plates until you are comfortable with the deep search functions.
The wire nails at the home center stink for making furniture. Don’t even think of them as nails. They are more like greased straws than they are fasteners. Once you try Rivierre forged nails, I think you’ll develop a deep respect for the nail that has Roman DNA. Nails built this country. At one point in the 19th century, the sale of nails was a significant amount of the country’s […]
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|this I could do at oh dark 45|
|2nd oh dark 45 thing|
|better shine and I can see the bottle reflection in it|
|something I've not seen before|
|the japanning is almost 100%|
|wife finally got up|
|slipped on without a whimper|
|shellac filled in the holes|
|punched out the shellac build up|
|still won't fit|
|next punch size up is too large|
|found my problem|
I will have to buy some saw nuts and a drill bit for drilling the holes for them. I was able to screw the handles on but 2 of them are spinning. The handle isn't loose but it is only a matter of use and time before it will be.
|I think this will work well and I have to make the till to fit it|
|two squares mark the max length|
|almost 29" for the ID|
|I'll have to make a new intermediate holder - the slots are offset|
|don't have to make a new one|
|everything is lined up straight now|
|time to put the keepers on|
|1/4" set up bars|
|don't need much and I penciled these in lightly|
|1/2" set up bars|
|1/2" lines are just inside of the ends|
|it fits this way|
|fits the same way flipped 180|
|one spot of hide glue in the middle|
|small bit of twist|
|making tiny dovetails|
|sawed tails with the LV saw and the LN carcass saw|
|the zona saw still gives me fits - my tails are proof|
I had tried switching the plate around so that it cut on the push stroke but that made the problems worse. Especially the buckling. The zona did not like sawing on the push stroke. I set this aside for now but I think I'll try it again but I'll use the LV dovetail saw.
|prepping the stock for the saw till|
|made a change in plans|
|a tiny bit left - but it's solid|
|raised a sweat|
|flattening the stock|
|board #2 had less bow and cup|
|ends squared and shot to length|
|ditto with the long sides|
|dovetail story pole|
The other reason is to see where the lid cut off will fall on the line of tails and pins. I like the number and spacing on the dovetails on this board but I don't like where the lid cutoff is.
|made a second dovetail story board|
What was Red's inmate number in the Shawshank Redemption Movie?
answer - 30265
From A Detailed Description of an Early 17th Century Italian Five-Course Guitar
Tom and Mary Anne Evans, Guitars - From Renaissance to Rock, 1977
In making the body and neck of a classical guitar, the most complicated joint used is a scarf joint. The scarf joint is used to connect the headstock to the neck shaft, some makers use a more complicated "V" joint to connect the headstock to the shaft. Miter and butt joints are used on the bindings, but this is purely for decoration, bindings are used to cover simple joints. The guitar sides usually fit into slots cut into the heel block, I like to cut a wider, angled slot and use wedges to hold the sides in the heel block.
Anyone who has made a classical guitar with the help of the book, Making Master Guitars, by Roy Courtnall, should recognize this wedged joint. In Making Master Guitars the joint is touted by the master guitar maker, Jose Romanillos, he used this joint and a variation of it until he retired from making guitars.
I began using this joint early on in my journey in guitar making, it made sense. It is a strong joint and unlike cutting a narrow slot, it allows me some wiggle room in fixing how the side fits against the heel and the wedge against the side.
|dry fit of the base before the till starts|
|the box fits|
|turned the box 180|
|sized the joints|
|box and base glued up|
|stock for the saw till|
|something is wrong|
I made all the kerfs for the saws on the bandsaw with a fence. The only one that would not fit in it was the crosscut panel saw. I had to widen the kerf for that saw.
|the holder mock up done|
|I've got to work on lowering the height|
|the dovetail saw is way too high|
|dropped over an inch|
|I can drop this one some more|
|the final layout|
I was going to make another set of holders out of 3/4" plywood but I am going to use these. I plan on cutting some off the bottom to further drop the height more. Before I do that I have to beef up the holders because of the grain direction.
|happy with this height|
|I can lower this another 1/2" to 3/4"|
|plan the same drop with this one too|
|the last slot is cracked too|
|I'll glue the plywood on and cut the slots after it has set|
|the base isn't long enough in the length|
|one coat of clear shellac|
|the walnut handle|
|ready for finish|
|keepers are ready to fit|
|fingers crossed - looks like someone flattened the back already|
|15 minutes later|
|road testing my my new strops|
|needs a clamping strip|
Called it a day here and shut the lights out. But before I left, I put another of shellac on the handles.
What is the official 'bug' of the state of Delaware?
answer - the ladybug
Booklet: HOW TO SELECT, USE AND CARE FOR BITS. 1939. The Irwin Auger Bit Company. Excellent coverage of the Irwin line plus tips on care. Check out a few of the lesser known types of auger bits.
Hickok Bookbinders' Machinery: Bookbinders' Tools. Catalogue No. 88. The W. O. Hickock Manufacturing Company, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. c1920. From the famous Hickok Mfg. company, makers of bookbinding equpment since 1844, comes a rare catalog. Judging by the early electric tools, I'm guessing at a c1920 date, but it could be a bit earlier. Nearly out of business at this point, their products remain sought after by bookbinders.
Letterhead: W. O. HICKOCK. Eagle Works, Improved Book Binders Machinery, iron and Brass Foundries, Wood Turning, Ruling Machines, Steam and Gas Fitters Supplies, General Machine Works, Keystone Cider Mills, Keystone Feed Cutters. Harrisburg, Pa, U. S. A., April 16, 1886.
To: New Urbana Wine Co... "Gentlemen: Have you old Dry Catawba wines and at what price per two or three dozen quarts." Apparently this was a thirsty bunch. W.O. Hickock is still in business as a machinery manufacturer.
Price List : Catalogue and Invoice Prices of Carpenters' Bench, and Moulding Planes, Manufactured by S. Hills, and F. Richards, Norwich, Mass. Jan. 23, 1833. Before there were bound trade catalogs, the typical catalog was a single sheet price list of goods offered. Before the single sheet price list, the trade card often served... but I don't have one of those early ones to show you. Yet.
This is the earliest price list/catalog in my personal collection. It's of particular interest in that it's a plane makers price list from a lesser known maker of Massachusetts. To add to the interest, it was sent not in an envelope, but by itself. Before postage stamps were the norm, the sender folded up a piece of paper to a given size, wrote the 'To' and 'From' on the outside and paid for the service. In some cases, the recipient had to pay for the service.
This price list/catalog was issued by Hills & Richards, one of the many partnerships of the Hills bros', Samuel and Hervey of Amherst, Springfield and Norwich, Massachusetts. The Hills worked during the early part of the 19th C. Frederick Richards has been listed as a planemaker, toolmaker and hardware dealer. In the 1850 Census, he was listed as employed by H. Chapin as a toolmaker.
From the primary resource for wooden planes of the United States, A Guide to the Makers of American Wooden Planes, we have a brief review of these makers:
- Samuel Hills: Amherst & Springfield, MA: 1830
- Samuel and Hervey Hills, succeeding Hills & Wolcott: Amherst, MA: 1829-1830
- Hills & Richards: Norwich, MA: 1833 (date now known from this catalog)
- Hills & Winship (William Winship worked for H. Chapin, 1826-1832): Springfield, MA: 1832
- Hills & Wolcott (possibly Gideon Wolcott, a planemaker who worked for Leonard Kennedy): So. Amherst, MA: 1829
- Frederick Richards: Springfield, MA: 1833-1850
Thanks entirely to Megan Fitzpatrick and Brendan Gaffney, the machine room for my workshop is on schedule to be complete by the end of the year.
It feels incredibly good to be typing those words.
When we bought the storefront 26 months ago, I almost lost heart at the closing. Lucy and I had fought like hell to buy the property – it took six months of wrangling with real estate agents and lawyers to simply pay the asking price for the property and be done with it.
Anyway, on the day of the closing, Lucy and I went to Left Bank Coffeehouse before signing the papers, and I went completely numb. Suddenly it seemed like buying a half-derelict lesbian bar in downtown Covington wasn’t such a good idea. Perhaps the building was even worse than the inspection had revealed (it was). Perhaps we would have to spend tens of thousands of dollars more to get it livable (we did).
Despite my sudden malaise, Lucy pushed me forward through the closing. At the end, I received a Captain Morgan’s Rum necklace filled with keys to the bar. Lucy went off to work, and I went to the bar.
I unlocked the front door and walked around, convinced I had made a huge mistake. There was so much work to do, I didn’t even know where to start. So I left the bar, locked the front door and went home for two weeks, refusing to even drive by the place or think about it.
When I finally came to my senses, I decided to measure the bar’s rooms so I could create a floorplan. I walked up to the front door of the bar to unlock it.
The door was unlocked and swung open.
Suspicious, I tiptoed into the bar and looked around. No one was in the bar. Nothing had been stolen or disturbed.
Curious, I began fiddling with the lock to the front door and realized that I had left it sitting unlocked and wide open for two whole weeks.
At that moment, for some reason, I fell in love with the neighborhood and the building. Since then I have been helped by old friends and new to demolish the beer-soaked interior and create a beautiful and traditional working space.
It’s been a hell of a lot harder than I thought it would be. But today, as we hung the first two doors to the machine room, I felt like maybe buying the lesbian bar wasn’t such a bad idea. With good friends and the neighborly people of Covington, it was starting to feel like home.
— Christopher Schwarz
Filed under: Lost Art Press Storefront, Uncategorized
It seemed a little strange this past week or two but progress is after all progress. I’ve spent last few weeks dismantling nearly two year’s of work with the woodworking school and then the garage workshop experiment too. Both have been part of our ongoing success in that for every hammer blow striking the nail […]
Here in America, we just celebrated a holiday called Thanksgiving. It used to be about over-eating, now it’s mostly about shopping for mass-produced stuff. I try to stay out of it. The other day I was reading the blog from Mortise & Tenon magazine, in which they asked the rhetorical question “Why would you labor at something you don’t love?” – I realize there are many of us who do just that, for various reasons….I’ve done it myself. Making a living sometimes requires that we spend time doing things we’d rather not do…shop doors
above the bench
I am especially aware how lucky I am to work the way I do & make my living that way. I have great friends who have helped me along the way, a wife who doesn’t need all the latest gadgets and baubles (my kids would like them, though!), readers of this blog & IG, clients, and students in my classes who all help support my work. I appreciate it all, and am eternally thankful. I am unbelievably lucky to spend my days the way I do. Thanks, all.
I went out this morning, lit the fire, filled the bird feeders and took some photos. Now for breakfast, then I get to go to work.“WS”chest frame test fitted
“WS” chest frame, mitered M&T shop from the riverbank
from the riverbank light frost
Second, I am sorry for the long headline, but I couldn't really sum up all this information in a shorter sentence.
Now back to some meaningful writing:
The link that Sylvain kindly found for me is for a blog of a company called Castle Ring Oak Frame. In one of their posts they had pictures where you could see the large drawbore pins that they call podgers. I instantly got exited and wanted to get some of those so I can start a new timber frame project at home.
Before going all wild in searching for those podgers, I thought that I'd take some time and browse through the blog.
I often find that when a company has got a blog it is mostly advertising in a poorly written form. This blog was completely different though. It is written in a cheerful way and to me it feels a lot more like someone who are so proud of their job that they would like to say: I might not be a self-made millionaire or a sports star, but I make timber frames that can last for hundreds of years - and I am having a great time doing it.
Oh - and they are using Roman numerals to mark the joints :-)
I doubt that I will be using their services to erect a timber frame, because I would like to do that myself, but I am pretty sure that I will read their blog and continue to be inspired by someone making timber frames for a living.
The name podger was new to me, and given that all the podgers used by the timber framing company looked the same, I thought that maybe they were available from new somewhere.
A quick search on Google, and I landed on another dangerous site.
Not the kind of site that will get you in trouble with the police mind you, but one of those sites that could potentially be the source of birthday and Christmas presents for years to come.
There I discovered the podgers (or framing pins) I was looking for, offset prickers, froes axes etc. all handmade.
The offset prickers I can make myself on the lathe, but I think that I will order a couple of podgers for Christmas.
For sake of good order, I am not affiliated with any of the companies, they don't know me and I don't know them, so I don't get any discounts or free stuff etc from them for this blog post.
But I like a well written blog as much as the next person, and I would think that there might be a person or two reading this blog that are willing to admit that they don't mind looking at a homepage with nice tools on it.
Editor’s note: Eric first shared this post on reddit.com/r/woodworking and I asked him to write a follow-up article on how he chose his workbench from Workbenches Revised Edition: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use By Christopher Schwarz. (Which is 50% off at the time of this writing!) – David Lyell My first workbench was an Ikea TV stand that we had put in our garage to save space in […]
I like listening to songs from the 60's and early 70's but those play stations are getting hard to find now. My favorite station recently shifted from these decades to the 80's. It is ok but some of the songs I don't like mostly because I can't understand the words. That is what I like about the 60's music, I can understand 99% of it. I'll have to find my CD player and play CDs until xmas has passed.
|part of my Geek stash|
|really teeny torx bit|
|the hard drive controller board|
|lid won't come off|
|it was screwed onto the read/write arm|
|there are two magnets|
|no problem holding a 9oz hammer in the air.|
|what I'll use them for now|
|bottom has set up|
|how the lid will go on|
|mitering the base pieces|
|two in each corner and one in the middle on each side|
|this is a wonderful tool|
|it is not happening|
This appeared to be a good idea yesterday but in execution it was turning out to be a royal PITA. I've got 3 of the pieces mitered and fitted and I just needed to fit the last one. That requires gluing the blocks in the rabbets and waiting for it to set up first. I'm not happy with the fit of the blocks in the rabbets so I'm tossing this and starting over. It is doable but I don't want to expend the calories on it right now. I have to get this done sooner than later.
|this is the way I should have done it|
|easier to miter and fit this way|
|layout for a cutout on the base to lighten it up|
|lots of circles to pick|
|got one cleaned up before I had to kill the lights|
Who was William Henry McCarty, jr?
answer - the birth name of William H Bonney, aka Billy the Kid
Ligatures. The word strikes fear in the hearts of authors, proof readers, editors and printers. For those of us whose brains live in the past, ligatures are our daily bread.
Luckily for us, David Manthey published an excellent work on 18th century ligatures and fonts:
The html version is less than satisfactory. Mr. Manthey has generously provided a downloadable pdf on that page. You may also download it from this post:
If you pass this pdf along to others, please be sure to give David Manthey full credit for his work.
Till next, Gary