Author Archives: Dave F

The Gallivant

In May 2014 a group of woodworkers from New Zealand and Australia traveled to the North America┬áto visit woodworkers and tour woodworking-related sites in the US and Canada. The trip was organized by my old CR classmate, John Shaw, who … Continue reading

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Krenov in the Renwick

The Smithsonian Museum’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. had long sought one of James Krenov’s signature pieces for their collection, but had neither a suitable piece nor the funds to purchase one. In the fall of 2012 Dr. Oscar Fitzgerald, … Continue reading

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On Exhibit at The Walter Gallery

Ten members of ‘The Wood Splinter Group’, an organization of woodworkers in the greater Phoenix area, will have work on display during the month of December (2012) at The Walter Gallery, 6425 East Thomas Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Opening reception(s) … Continue reading

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Two Planes

I recently added a couple more planes to my stable. I didn’t own any Stanley “transitional’ planes, though I’ve refurbished a couple for other folks. So I picked up this fair example of a Stanley #36 in an antique/junk shop … Continue reading

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Hot Time in the Old Town …

With my lab furnace ready for action, I needed a good first project. I have an old Stanley 103 block plane that needed a blade, so I prepared a blank from 1/8″ O-1 tool steel. I rough ground a bevel … Continue reading

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Hotter ‘n a scalded dog ….

Another of my ongoing projects — this one now pretty much complete. Following a presentation at the Furniture Society Conference back in June, 2012, I got interested in ‘metal clay’ as a medium for hand forming or casting custom bronze … Continue reading

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Cross one off the ‘Bucket List’ ….

I’m a sucker for old iron machinery, and for reasons arguably insane I’ve just always had a thing for big, aircraft-carrier-like jointers. I’ve never owned one, and never really needed one — I’ve been very happy, over the years, with … Continue reading

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Pictures in Wood

I was introduced to marquetry by Zivko Radenkov, a classmate of mine at CR in 1985. He created an amazing oval cabinet on legs, the cabinet barred as if panes in a window through which the viewer saw dogwood branches, … Continue reading

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East Bound

I traveled to Japan in late March, with my wife and son, to visit my oldest son who is living over there. It was an incredible, nearly three-week journey that left us with impressions that will last a lifetime. We … Continue reading

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Bowl me over …

I don’t consider myself a turner, but a few years back I got interested in making small bowls and hollow forms. I bought a little lathe and a few tools, and sent bits of wood flying all about the shop … Continue reading

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