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Re: Book Giveaway: Arts & Crafts Furniture Projects

I would greatly appreciate this book.

Re: UPDATE: A Lesson Plan for Wood Turning by James Rodgers

As a beginning turner, this is definitely something I would get 'round to.

Re: UPDATE: Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Sharpening by Thomas Lie-Nielsen

I would happily provide comments after reading this book, which is on my long list of coveted Taunton publications.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Acanthus Carving and Design by Bob Yorburg & Hans Sandom, Illustrator

On my first & last attempt years ago, a set of Chippendale-style chairs, getting acanthus leaves to look right was the only part that I found too intimidating. So, I switched to maple leaves & mayflowers, which didn't have the weight of history bearing down on me. So what's the secret?

Re: Rough Cut Director Gets Emmy Nomination

I haven't watched Jersey Shore, not even twice, so I have no point of comparison. But while there are unquestionably rough edges, Laurie Donnelly gets an Emmy nod for excellent work taking a really talented woodworker and teacher with a big, good-guy personality and turning out a show that aims high. Every episode gets better - it is not an easy process to fit Tommy, a challenging project and good teaching into 22 minutes. You guys get it, Tommy & Laurie, and I look forward to more steady improvement.

To the skeptics, go look at some of Tommy's videos of building the bombé chest. Rough production? Well, it wasn't quite ready for TV, for sure. That's why Laurie gets the nomination, right Tommy? But he's been out there, working really hard, teaching people by making creative use of the internet. The dedication of this guy borders on fanaticism. It is as if he is driven to make this stuff accessible to you and to me.

I have one critical comment. The show is herky-jerky, with a pacing that conflicts with the peaceful pursuit of the craft. It crams a lot into very little time. That just makes me crave more. It would be better suited to a 1 hr show, or 1/2 hr with more depth on line.


Re: Defense Outgunned in Osorio Tablesaw Lawsuit

To experienced woodworkers, what Mr. Osorio himself did, and what his employer did not do, strike us intuitively as the two most obvious causes of the injuries. We don't see that happening to someone with our training and experience.

However, tools get purchased and used by a wide variety of people, and every time a purchase happens, a manufacturer profits.

The changes that have made our own tools safer have been driven by three forces: manufacturer's benevolent conscience, consumer demand and threat of product liability lawsuits. How important do you think each is?

The development of countless safety features that now protect our eyes, ears, fingers, lungs and lives did not just happen. While we woodworkers (me too) groan at aspects of what happened in this one case, the next generation will have safer saws. Fewer woodworkers, novice through expert, will get debilitating injuries and conditions.

Finally, it is not a satisfactory explanation that some people speculate or conclude that Ryobi's attorneys were somehow inferior to Osorio's. Far more plausible is that Ryobi simply had the weaker arguments. Indeed, Patrick's piece demonstrates just how weak they were, with all of Ryobi's points easily paried.

Re: Help name Tommy MacDonald's new woodworking show

Picked up a "hammer and chisel," eh? The marketers have ahold of this. Do the survey, folks. Help is needed.

Re: Tommy MacDonald and WGBH pursue a new woodworking show

Tommy is a great woodworker and his own comments demonstrate wisdom and sensitivity. He won't be another Norm; he'll be Tommy. If PBS pulls this off, most of us will adapt, and while some may find his show is not for them, Tommy should attract new people with a fresh approach. I expect Tommy will adapt to TV; some of the folksiness which has drawn comments works for him now but might not translate to TV. He'd have people work with him. I relish having something new and fresh, and I like Tommy, although I will also miss Norm.

PBS: the biggest turn-off is your constant messing with the schedule for pledge drives. We don't donate anymore - I can't watch my shows. If you want to ask for pledges around this show, great, but I want to watch Norm or Tommy(and This Old House, or other woodworking or gardening shows) when I can watch them, NOT, and I speak as a baby-boomer, another aging boomer concert. In the words of American philosopher Bugs Bunny, "Now cut that out!"

Re: workbench

Merci, Pierre. Si je peux ameliorer mon ebenisterie et mon francais au meme temps, c'est un parfait cadeau de Noel pour moi. Je t'y verrai (et ici)!

Re: workbench

wild cherry with tung oil finish

Un travail d'artiste formidable, Pierre!

Connaissez-vous des sites de web en francais pour les ebenistes?

Re: Alan Peters, 1933-2009

What a sad time. While he was perhaps less well known on this side of the Atlantic, the passing of Alan Peters ranks with those of Sam Maloof James Krenov, true craftsmen all among the very best and most influential the world had to offer.

A story about Alan Peters is incomplete without mention of what a wonderful man he was and how he inspired people.

A great teacher, Alan Peters agreed to our invitation (the Atlantic Woodworkers' Association, based in Nova Scotia) to cross the Atlantic for a weekend, now 15+ years ago. He juried a show and gave a workshop. The effort did not make him a rich man.

Seldom does one find such a combination of pleasant demeanour and world-class competence. As I sit here with one of the pieces he juried, I can still remember things he said and how his gentle manner reached through my nervousness to have such a great craftsman scrutinize my humble and amateur effort. I will cherish that weekend and continue to be influenced by him. May his warm soul live on through those he has touched.

Re: Happy (Belated) Birthday Woodworker Carter

FWW is not politicized by writing about Jimmy Carter or mentioning his accomplishments. Whether one agrees with his political views, he is a remarkable woodworker. Part of what makes him interesting and inspirational to some woodworkers, like me, is what he does with his life. I admire woodworkers who are drawn outward to teach, share, inspire, lead or find ways to reach others. He has used his handiwork and leadership together to bring real benefits to many lives.

Our's is a craft where you can be alone with your thoughts and escape from the hurly-burly, if you choose. Ever stop to consider what President Carter thinks about when he designs a piece or sands through the grits? What inspires him? How does woodworking shape his views, and vice versa?

James Krenov's approach was shaped by his life experiences, like being born of displaced Russian nobility and his life travels. It seems unduly restrictive to omit mention of "President" or "Nobel Peace Prize" when writing of Jimmy Carter.

I once bought a woodworking magazine where the letters themselves (about Carter and others) were replete with political opinion, including harsh labels. FWW is well above that level. Insightful writing about what makes woodworkers tic is essential.

By the way, Happy Birthday, Mr. President. Thank you for inspiring me to volunteer with Habitat, and for making me think about, and while doing, my craft - and how I as a woodworker fit into this world.

Re: Grizzly Recalls Bandsaws

Wire you guys getting such a charge out of this?

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: The New Complete Guide to the Band Saw

Duginske's video is also great. Hope he issues an update of that too (after all, it is a video)

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