The National Association of Woodworkers in New Zealand
So, you think there’s no woodworking south of the Equator? How silly of you…
On the island nation of New Zealand, there is a national association of woodworkers, comprised of clubs and guilds from all around the country. From this landing page, you can find information on upcoming events, a guide to the local hardwood scene and the schedule of guild meetings.
It’s a handy resource in case you are going on vacation, want to establish a sister-guild partnership or just want to marvel at the woodworking going on in the land of the Kiwis.
Old Fashioned Milk Paint
This past week was the first time I have used it, and now I am hooked.
It’s milk paint. And, this Earth friendly, old time finish is made of milk protein, limestone and a few other ingredients. It’s really easy to apply with a brush, rag or by spraying and gives a great look to your projects.
While it gives a great look to projects such as Windsor chairs, it can really be used for any kind of project to give an interesting and non-toxic finish.
If you have never tried it, you have to give it a shot.
Nice Ash Planes
Hey, that’s one Nice Ash Plane… or is that six?
Yes, you have read that correctly. Nice Ash Planes is a company based out of Kentucky that uses local craftsmen to make wooden hand planes from locally-sourced ash. They are very well made, and the company even makes its own plane irons (you can get them unsharpened from the heat treatment… they are the Half Ashed plane irons…).
Their offerings include planes from the Smooth Ash to the Jack Ash to the Big Ash jointer…And, when you equip one of these babies with their Round Ash blades, you get – an Ash Scrubber.
They are as much fun to talk about as they are to use. What are you waiting for? Get off your ash and learn more about them!
Jim Heavey Day at Infinity Cutting Tools
He is one of the most recognizable faces in the online community, and he’s coming to the Tampa Bay area for a day of instruction. The St. Petersburg Woodcrafters Guild is proud to announce that Jim Heavey, Contributing Craftsman to Wood Magazine, will be hosting classes at the shop at Infinity Cutting Tools in Oldsmar on Saturday, December 7.
Join Jim as he shares some of his favorite tips for embellishing wood projects and laying down a picture perfect finish.
Woodworker in residence Kurt Raschke will demonstrate how he bends project components using a vacuum press, and Andy Gibson demonstrates some of his fancy instrument building techniques.
Registration for this event will be $49.90 per person, with the proceeds helping to defray the cost of this outstanding opportunity. Plus, hey, it’s Florida in December, and they weather promises to be beautiful.
Dayton, Ohio has its place in woodworking history. Perhaps you heard of a pair of inventive woodworkers named Wilbur and Orville? If you have, you need how the tradition is being upheld by another famous woodworker – Mike Mader.
OK, Mike has a little bit to go until he gets to Wright brother status, but he’s doing some awesome work on the blog he has been writing since 2010. While he is known as the SawDustNewbie, his work is hardly amateurish. Check out the sweet hand tool cabinet he put together, and I think you will come to appreciate his work.
Lost Art Press
In case you have been living under a rock for the past decade or so, there has been a huge renaissance in hand tool woodworking. Not just the tools themselves, but a deeper understanding of how they function in a workshop and what processes can make them more efficient.
One of the people in vanguard of this effort has been Chris Schwarz. The former Managing Editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine, Chris and company have been scouring libraries, private collections and other sources for old woodworking knowledge and reintroducing it to modern woodworkers. From reprints of books like The Art of Joinery by Joseph Moxon to Schwarz’s Anarchist’s Toolchest, there is a wealth of information available fort those who want to learn the venerable art of hand tool woodworking, and how it can be incorporated into today’s workshop.
Barb S Woodworks
Up in Washington state, surrounded by some of the most beautiful forests in the world, Barb Siddiqui turns (literally and figuratively) out some beautiful woodworking projects from locally-harvested woods and choice bits of more exotic species from other sources.
Her work is elegant, carefully using wood color and grain to create visual harmony in her boxes, vases, pens and other items. Spend some time at her site and check out what she has for sale as well.