June 26, 2017

Some woodworkers take inspiration from the materials themselves: they pick up a plank and think "this would make for a nice cabinet door", and they build the piece adapting every shape and dimension to that piece of wood, often the protagonist of the work.  A great exa...

May 14, 2017

A classic stool might seem a simple thing to build, but it actually has 16 joints, so it lends itself to a good exercise on mortise and tenon joinery. I designed this one to show students a number of variations on the same joint: through, blind, haunched, wedged and pi...

April 26, 2017

The quarter-sawn stock has it's growth rings perpendicular to its face, which means that it was oriented radially inside of the tree. This kind of boards take much longer to cut from the log, but they are very stable and make for premium quality furniture. In some spec...

April 19, 2017

I belong to a group of people doing research on alternative ways to exist and coexist. We own a compound where all our lines of investigation take place: alternative education, solar power, farming, conscious forest managing, construction in stone, straw and wood, and...

December 21, 2016

Eva, who attended to my introductory workshop on joinery, asked for another one on making picture frames. I liked very much the idea and put myself to task. Here is the example I have made to show my students.

It actually is a great exercise, moderately challenging for...

December 13, 2016

I've been thinking for quite some time about introducing textures in the pieces of furniture that I am building. I have borrowed some antique gouges from a friend and here are some tests on a scrap piece of beech. You can see the tool's profile and foot print they leav...

December 12, 2016

I've been preparing the stock for the introductory workshops to come in December and also in January. 

Here you can see some nice european oak, american white oak, pine and some reclaimed exotic wood from a closing workshop, which I'm not sure what it is. It...

October 24, 2016

This past weekend I had great fun sharing what I know about hand woodworking with Blanca and Eva. The workshop was an introduction to the fundamentals through three basic joinery exercises: Mortise and tenon, groove and tong and dovetails. Although it was quite intense...

September 9, 2016

I finally finished my last project, this sewing chest.
It is made from american white oak and black walnut.
Finished with shellac and my own carnauba and bees wax blend.
65 x 45 x 30 cm.

And here it is in action!

September 9, 2016

I finally made my tool cabinet! 

I was eager to have a proper place to store my beloved tools. 

It is made from american white oak an the panels are from a nicely figured piece of mongoy (also known as owengkol). It is finished with 5 coats of shellac and my own carnauba...

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