Thursday, November 28, 2013

Saturday and Sunday, December 21 & 22: Blacksmithing/Bladesmithing: Make a Hunting Knife, Tomahawk or Hardware

Saturday and Sunday, December 21 & 22, 9AM - 4PM. Under the instruction of blacksmith/bladesmith master Adriaan Gerber, students will have a choice of one of three project offerings: create hardware for your recently created wood blanket chest; make stipe hinges, a set of handles, and a latch ($25 reduction in cost for returning woodworking students); others may make a knife and/or a tomahawk. This will include fitting wooden handles to these projects using a shaving horse and draw knife. Students can fit a handle to their knives. This class is a beginner's course with instruction about safety, tool use, fire-making, and metal work. Students will use both a coal forge and propane burning forge in addition hand tools and anvils indoors. All tools and materials provided. Students are required to wear cotton clothing and safety glasses. Tuition: Non-Members $300; Members $270


Woodworking 102/ Heirloom Blanket Chest Making: Details About Our Last Class and What You Might Expect From Our Next Class!

One of the blanket chests that originally inspired this class in dovetailing (Peter Stickney Collection).
In our first heirloom blanket chest making class, we used first growth pine boards. These were from a 200 year old barn in New York State. These required a lot of processing. Many of these boards were 15 inches wide or wider. 
This another pine blanket chest that served as a model for our first class ( Peter Stickney Collection).
Detail of dovetail joinery; this is a class in dovetailing not blanket chest making. Nearly all the students in our first class finished their front, back, sides and bottom, which required dovetail joints or a dado (bottom).
The pine boards, whether new or old, had to be run through a jointer, and glued using pole clamps. Although its a matter of aesthetic, we filled nail holes with glue and sawdust or wood filler. Some prefer to have the look of old barn wood, and this is a choice offered in mass-produced furniture of late (see the recent Sundance catalog). These blanket chests were traditionally painted either red ochre or blue, as these colors were often the only ones available in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Before starting with one of the six boards for the blanket chest ( The chest traditionally consists of 6 boards: top, bottom, front and back, and two sides ) we have an introductory project. As we are making chests roughing 36 inches wide, 18 inches deep, and 24 inches high, we limit this first practice to joining two boards with two dovetail joints.
The work can be done sitting or standing. We provide clamps for you to hold your project fast while you cut with saws and chisels. Her a student is using a coping saw, which is not necessarily used for dovetailing. If it accomplishes the task, why not? A variety of dovetailing saws and wood chisels were also provided. Some students even used a keyhole saw.
The line has been scored with a marking gauge. Here a student refines the cuts he made with a dovetailing saw with a 1/4 inch wood chisel.
Some of the tools we use for our dovetailing: a jam saw/ shallow blade dove tail saw, a small cross cut saw, a dove tail saw and a marking gauge.
Two sides of the chest completed.

Sharpening your own chisels is an important part of doing dovetailing, as you are often faced with dulled chisels. Here a couple of soapy water serves with a whetstone to fine tune chisels in our recent class.
Walter White creates a dado for his blanket chest bottom.
Dwayne Chretien cutting his dovetails in our recent woodworking class. 
Assembly of the finished product. 
Instructor Adriaan Gerber assists Walter White with the assembly of his completed chest. 

With the top added. The narrow piece on top will be cut and fitted tp the top to create a lip that hangs over the front of the top.
Dis-assembly for transport.
Walter white leaves with his completed blanket chest under arm.















Tom Flagg Smithy Re-Construction Underway: Concrete Slab Finished.

This is the concrete slab we recently prepared for the re-construction of the Tom Flagg Smithy recently moved from Lincolnville, ME. we will be constructing two chimneys on this slab. Looking for some volunteers.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Traditional Arts Classes: December, 2013

Traditional Arts Classes: Give a class as a holiday gift or make these projects as gifts.

December 14 & 15, 9AM-4PM, Woodworking 102: Heirloom Blanket Chest: in this two day, fourteen hour class, you will create a pine wood chest 36 inches wide, 24 inches tall, and 18 inches deep. There will be a top with a choice to fit simple steel hinges. Students will first practice dovetail joinery on some pieces of wood. Students will then apply this knowledge to dovetail joints for the two sides and front and back. The bottom will be fitted without nails. This can be heirloom given as a gift.
Tuition: $300 Non-Members; $270 Members.



December 21 & 22, 9AM-4PM, Blacksmithing Studio (hardware, tomahawk or knife): Under the instruction of blacksmith/ bladesmith master Adriaan Gerber ( see: adriaangerberknives.com ), students will have the choice of one of three project offerings: create hardware for your recently created wood blanket chest; make stipe hinges, a set of handles, and a latch ($25 reduction in cost for returning woodworking students). Others may make a tomahawk. This will also include an opportunity to fit a wooden handle to this project using a shaving horse and draw knife. Students also have the choice of a knife. Students can also fit a wooden handle to their knives. This class is a beginner's course with instruction about safety, tool use, fire-making, and metal work. Students will use both a coal forge and propane burning forge in addition hand tools and anvils indoors. All tools and materials provided. Students are required to wear cotton clothing and safety glasses.
Tuition: $300 Non-Members; $270 Members.

For more information, including photos of recent classes: Facebook, 19thcenturywillowbrookvillage.blogspot.com,  and/or willowbrookmuseum.org

   19th Century Willowbrook Village
   70 Elm Street, Newfield, Maine 04056
     207-793-2784
     Email: rpschmick1@aol.com

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Woodworking 101: Hacksaw in the Style of an Old fashioned Bucksaw with Instructor Daniel Blekkenk

This beginner's class focuses on mortise and tenon joints. You will cut and fit two of these joints for this 4 hour and very satisfying class project. you will create a turnbuckle yo fit to this saw to obtain the required saw blade tension. $45 Tuition. This class or the finished product makes a wonderful gift for the holidays!



Deanna and Nicholas Thompson created these.