Craft Traditions Wood Part 1



here's a Nokia park blew down and January last year I'm January seventh there were strong gale force winds our knife when was Duke and then quite regularly I normally were quite keen to leave Timberlake is lying on the forest floor because it increases by the varsity you guess habitat for the mother woodland creatures like I get a deer job alright where do you think over 100 years old years goodness may be famous but the trunks to like so this branch here hopefully it hasn't got too many knots in it would make quite straight green for when I go to happy and save it was lovers but even the last thing I look for six inch wide or more boards when it comes to chair legs and they said there's a quality to that I think is almost and its strength will probably look in the at Santo Daime and I could probably live member three rows and then whatever ecology that's like 20 weathers pretty low so that's what you were born about here was not 40 years I was probably before I prefer okay it must be to do with history and school they used oak for building boats they used oak for building houses unfortunately that's what depleted a lot of the oak Forest's was the fact that all the wars and everything even Ireland at one time we had a lot of oak forests here which was all chopped down and santa England it was a story that you could have stepped on the trunks from danke Verne to turn bridge you could have walked in the stumps of the oak trees where they were cut down in the oak forest was that big but we don't have that anymore a lot of hardwoods are very very strong in different ways but that's because they grew into a favor which oak eventually does when it's too old but when you have young oak maybe 70 80 years of age and there's a beautiful grain and it has a long straight grant and it has superior strand stand to know that we can use there's a family tradition that they go back from a great-grandfather was away right but it was also the local carpenter ie had the choice I could have been a bricklayer as my father is an umbrella I could have been a plaster but I just chose wood I thought it was more fulfilling if you think of it a pariah and say he stood in the one spot for but maybe there are a hundred years when he's caught they spread all over the place they scattered from one place to another when I see a trunk being so on sometimes you know you think yourself guys I hope this came out the right way we also look at it with anticipation sometimes because when you cut into a log you just don't know what it's gonna turn out like I'm one of eight children I'm number seven there wasn't terrible autumn only about when we were growing up it was always if you wanted something new you know well my mom would go sure you could make that you know you maybe wanted a new dress or something that someone else has some ear friends had but sure you could make that so I think growing up at this really were always making things I just love the local hook it is my favorite word I love to say it and furniture I love to see the different grain the openness of some of the grain the dance nasaan the darkness of the heartwood at school I wasn't able to do wood craft because I went to an all-girls convent school so it was until later that I actually got interested in wood I'm no aircraft teacher of technology and design really there's not a lot of woodcraft on in school anymore because the woodwork has sort of gone by the wayside it's really because of the new curriculum it's technology in design there's more new materials use and still use a better metal but mostly plastics just nicely fine shavings that's nice nice and wine so you've just a tiny bit the tree is part of my life as much as I am part of its life it's just like a North American sort of spiritualism and that you know there's a spirit and every rock tree plant animal and we share that and if you're going to create an imbalance you ignore that I tend to look for a balance people don't say what's older what's birch you know and they they know what okay is it's in the name of the country it's in any dairy I became a caught into a better word and there's times you couldn't to us in real disappointment the corridor bonus Robin and Sade and it's or it's just bland and there's time to cuddle that's absolutely fabulous every piece that I believe a bit different irrespective of whether is it that but I don't watch Aishwarya channel whatever it happens to be the word itself starts off as being tougher and then everything I'm doing is free harmed afterward I was a civil engineer you know I don't know works because a civil engineer it's all steel and concrete and it's quantifiable and yeah and that's generally Street lanes and writable lanes but know what's the table work that I'm doing there with this particular weed it's all very natural which is just the opposite of what was previously do it was that kind of organic ship things that appeal to me this natural ships and naturally ages they're very fluid ships roll and straight lines okk for trusses and beams you're using very very will ancient techniques to go back hundreds and hundreds of years ago green oak is basically not right it's timber that's failed in the forest or sometimes it's when shakes or they're brought down the beauty of it working with today's the older a bit of oak gets the harder it gets whereas green oak it's like cotton cheese I mean it's one of the nicest woods to work with I mean you can put your chisels into it and it just purrs all for the lovely straight edge I'm not that's that's hard to get if you kill and dry the wood you won't get that I mean it's it's really really hard that any go boys it keeps changing over the years it's supposed to slick that's like us it's like human people that grows old it's even after it's cut down and still 11 growin thing I suppose you know but that's what I love about it is the changes in it

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  • Peter Huber

    April 14, 2019

    3:47 through 5:50…oh my…you know, the handle of a froe is meant to be used as a lever to split a log, not just to hold the blade…the boy's hand axe is too heavy for him, he can't control it well and will probably hurt himself with it…your shave horses are really unstable and poorly made-especially the boys- he shouldn't have to strain to reach the foot pedal…please sharpen your drawknives…they're shaving tools, not chopping tools…you're only creating more work, again, especially for the boy, who's just uselessly chopping….finally using a drawknife with the bevel down is more controllable and makes for smoother shaving.

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  • Rptr J

    April 14, 2019

    He's complaining that the English cut down all their oak trees just after he's chopped one down himself? Alright

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