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Turning: Tom Church 967-4460 Carving: Harry May 962-0215
Sharpening: Bob Reese 728-7974 Joinery: Ross Roepke 455-9140
Health and Safety: Maurice Ryan 962-1555
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Shakers became known in the world outside their settlements for
excellence in whatever they grew or made, especially their furniture. In
keeping with the Shakers' unadorned lifestyle, they built purely functional
pieces devoid of ornamentation. Yet their furniture displayed delicately
constructed, graceful lines, and sensitivity to proportion reminiscent of
Danish modern or Scandinavian-style furniture of the 20th century.
The 1830s marked Shaker furniture's Golden Age. But they continued
producing it, even commercially, into the early 20th century.
Finishes varied with the stock
Because several woods went into
chest of drawers, cabinets, and
tables, these types of furniture were
paint was opaque. Later, it was a
wash through which the grain was
visible with varnish as a top coat.
Chairs and rockers made of only one
kind of wood were varnished or
shellacked after staining. Darker
hardwoods, such as cherry, were
finished with linseed oil.
Details didn't decorate
Shaker case goods featured drawers,
usually combined with larger storage
spaces covered by frame-and-panel
doors. Except for a restrained
top-edge molding in cove,
quarter-round, or bullnose shape,
case goods were simple. They sat
directly on the floor, had cut feet, or
Side chairs, hung on wall pegs when not in use, were light and graceful
with plain turned stiles, legs, and stretchers. Finials at the top of the stiles
were intended as handles to lift the chair, not as decoration. The bottom of
the back legs usually had turned tilters (early Shaker) that protected the
floors. Later, tilters were commonly made of brass.
Rocking chairs had finials atop their stiles, too, or a plain crossbar
which to hang a pillow. On the top of the front arms were
mushroom-shaped, wooden tenon covers. Chair and rocker seats featured
woven wood splints, rush, leather, cane, and, after 1830, colorful cloth
tape made on special looms.
Trestle tables were known for gracefully arched feet (on small tables,
A raised stretcher beneath the top added leg room for seating comfort.
I've never seen one of those before...
First Listed in the Tenth Report on Carcinogens
Wood dust is known to be a human carcinogen, based on sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity from studies in humans. An association between wood dust exposure and cancer of the nose has been observed in many case reports, cohort studies, and case-control studies that specifically addressed nasal cancer. Strong and consistent associations with cancer of the nasal cavities and paranasal sinuses were observed both in studies of people whose occupations are associated with wood dust exposure and in studies that directly estimated wood dust exposure.....
***READ THIS REPORT!!!***
10th Report on Carcinogens
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Public Health Service
National Toxicology Program (<== click on this link to see the report)
(scroll down to wooddust)
Tom Gillard brought in a piece of red oak that he had put wood putty on one side, applying cross grain and than sanding off. He used Elmers white wood putty. He than put a finish on it and it does a real good job smoothing grain.
Dave Whyte made a tendon jig that can be used with a table saw. It slides in the rail slot. It was made out of Cherry and Walnut and had adjustments to hold wood (even long pieces). It also has an adjustment for the depth and can also do miters. He also showed a Jewelry box made out of Sassafras with walnut inlay. It also had inlay around the feet.
Winfield Bennett showed us a frame made out of paint paddles. It was a very unique frame and it was done with just a pocketknife. He said that type of art is called Tramp Art. Tramp Art, Tramp Art, too.
Karen Kerce brought in several bowls with starting with square bottom. One was made from very old wood. It was checked and made an interesting bowl. One was out of Mahogany and was out of Box Elder. She also did a larger one from Black Walnut.
Tom Cowan talked about the emotional side of woodworking, saying that if something has a story behind it than it is more interesting to the craftsman. He found a book in Chicago on the history of a family of cabinetmakers named Dunlap from Scotland. Because of reading this book it made him interested in making a corner cabinet that incorporated some of the things he learned from the book and he also carved on it with a chisel. If not for the book and the emotional side he may not have made the cabinet. He brought the book in and a picture of the cabinet.
Henry Davis saw a vacuum attachment for a drill press in splitters 3 issues back. He made it and brought to show and tell. He also made a plant stand that has many angles and different types of joints in it. He said this type stand might make a good future workshop. He also brought in a piece of wood he had bought at Phil Bishop’s auction a long time ago. It was twisted and he had to do a lot of work to smooth it but turned out very good and will use for some future table.
Ross Roepke brought in a piece of paper and a board with 2 nails in
it and showed us how to make an ellipse. This was done since someone on
our Webb site had asked how to do this simply. He also brought in an apple
box he made for an auction at Trinity Care Center. He also made a Walnut
table for using at church for the guest book. It fits under the last table
he did for storage.
Ken Gould made a jig for ellipses that you use with a rotor. He had a block of wood that he made 2 dovetail slots at 90 degrees to each other and than put 2 pins in. He set up cross piece for rotor and than put multiple holes in it for circles or to use cross pin jig. You just decide on the size you want and set pins on that size and you can make the ellipse.
Bob Leonard made a fire truck. It was a model of 1928 Aronfox and it has 28 different species of wood in it. It has about 200 pieces that he had to make. It took him about 180 hours to build it. He finished with Deft Spray. The pattern was from an issue of Fine woodworking 1989.
Bob Reese brought in 2 books that contain everything he knows about violin making. He made them for his Children and Grandchildren in case they ever want to make violins. Since he bought a new computer he has redone them and has about 500 pictures and a total of 1000 pages the rest being text. He put it on 3 CDs. He thinks it probably is about the equivalent of a 5-year apprenticeship program on violin making. It was 15 years in the making.
Steve Shores he made a walnut mirror with very nice figuring. He also brought in another mirror made of maple and painted on the back by his neighbor. They were finished with Lacquer.
Loyd Ackerman brought in a table he built in 1992 out of popular which he uses for a telephone stand. He used Aniline dyes on it. He showed another table that he made that has laminated bend front. Which was Walnut over plywood with walnut on back also. He tapered the legs first and than turned them just enough to get rid of flats. He found this to be an easy way to do them.
Houston Clark made a music holder. The post he made out of 2 X 4’s which he cut in half so he could turn the bark on edge to the inside and it would not show. He used yellow pine from some old shelving for the braces. He sprayed it with several coats of polyurethane high gloss and than one coat of semigloss to take off some off the shine.
Henry May carved a Santa out of basswood, which was painted. He also showed a spirit out of Cherry and one out of Pecan. He also showed a Squirrel monkey on a tree that he carved from 1 piece of wood.
WEB SITES of INTEREST
Doyle McConnell's page
Loyd Ackerman's Page
Russell Brown's Web Page
American Association of Woodturners
WOOD ONLINE newsletter
Scott Phillips Video Help sessions
Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft
Appalachain Center for the Arts
Forest Products Lab. 1999 Wood Handbook
WOOD Online TVWW page
The Oldham Company
The Woodworker's Choice
10 % OFF Fine Woodworking
Books from Taunton Press
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SEE YOU ON THE 18th!