Truly old school woodworking
I came across this video last night while surfing some woodworking forums. After about 45 seconds, you can watch a guy make a pair of wooden shoes. He starts with a hatchet, and he knows how to use it. It is fun to watch this guy work.
The second woodworker up is a spoon maker, and he moves fast. As impressive as the cobbler was, the spoonmaker is even more so. He gets to work around 6:45 into the film.
Last up is some chairmakers (around 9:20 in), and this is, at least for me, the best part of the film. It is just amazing to see these guys work. I love how they are able to work without any vises. And the two-man handplane is fantastic. These guys work so quickly, and most of it is by feel. They just know where the next hole goes. Very impressive.
In all, this film goes to show that you don’t need extruded aluminum dodads and spinning carbide bits to work wood. I wish this film had sound, so I could hear the chop of the hatchet, or the whisper of the plane. That would be music to my ears.