At Home with the Masters
Recently, I had the good fortune to spend a weekend with Ian Kirby and Frank Klausz. While it was a working weekend (they are each building a workbench that will be featured in our September/October print magazine … cool, huh?), I felt very lucky to spend time with these two scions of the craft. To be sure, there was some awesome woodworking to examine and photograph. And the things I learned simply hanging out with the two of them would make most of you green with jealousy. And their gracious hospitality was a joy to experience. But as I reflect back, what I find most heartening was the affiliation that I shared with Frank and Ian.
That a boy from the “provinces” could hang out with the premier woodworkers in America: one a Hungarian immigrant who ended up building furniture for Malcolm Forbes and Jackie Onassis; the other a degreed educator from London University and the ultimate practitioner of the British Arts and Crafts method, and feel right at home was remarkable. And that is the essence of the woodworking community. All of us who are woodworkers, regardless of skill, share in that community — and we are all better for it.
– Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal
For most of the thousands who visit every year, it’s a once- or maybe twice-in-a lifetime chance to experience a few hours in Colonial America. For Williamsburg craftsmen like Mack Headley, however, it’s an everyday experience.
This machine designer set his sights on a making a router faceplate and jig to finish up a window and the outcome is impressive.
Whenever I drill the 16mm dowel with a 9mm drill it ends up exploding out the back like a 9mm exit wound. Any ideas on a jig?
I only work with pine at this point, which as you know, is often bowed or otherwise warped enough to see the curvature. So do I want a jointer or a planer to correct this?
I have inherited my grandfather’s old woodworking bench. I have a lot of emotional attachment to it and wonder if there’s a way of renewing the surface to get rid of the nicks, scratches and so forth.
Now that you’re a grown woodworker – with all the tools strewn across your shop to prove it – it’s the Stud Buddy that’s ready to lend you a hand.
Woodworkers chime in with their responses to previous eZine issues, commenting on everything from Freedom Pens to Carpenter’s PAL.