Flattening stones is very satisfying, as the sounds changes towards the whole surface being true. I’ve got an annoying one though, that seems to be bowing out ever so slowly. I think it’s that I’m using two different grades of stone (two 1200 and one 800), and so they’re wearing at different rates. I suppose […]
PUBLIC ART LOST FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS By Roel Loopers August 20, 2018. The initiative by the City of Fremantle and other local councils to introduce a percentage for the arts scheme has been good for WA artists and the public, but it comes with the risk that the lifespan of some of the artworks will be […]
I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York with a gang of Wikimedians and led by the wonderful Wikimedians in Residence at the Met, Neil and Richard. It was the day before we were all to catch the Adirondack (Amtrak #69) to New York, and it was raining, and I was completely […]
As of today, my shed can finally be locked up. Time now to decide where to put things.
My new house didn’t have a shed, but just a carport with no fourth wall (it was brilliant in every other respect, really—even insulated in the ceiling). So, as part of the WMF’s “Spark Project” (that aims to encourage employees to do more than just be wiki geeks), I decided to turn the carport into […]
My main woodworking toolbox has two runners inside, near the top edge, on which to slide a drawer. I put them in when I built the thing (I made them too long, or the lid props too long, or something too long, and had to chop a bit out of them so the lid would […]
The wood really wasn’t being nice to me, today. I was dressing some old jarrah with a scrub plane, and it just wasn’t cutting the mustard or the wood. Of course, it simply wasn’t sharp: That shiny bit in the middle isn’t a trick of the light, it’s bluntiness. However, I have no grinder, and […]
I built this press in 2003 out of pine salvaged from bed frames that were being thrown out by University House at the ANU. I’ve barely used it since, and the time has come to admit that I’m never going to be the small-time bookbinder fellow that I perhaps at some point thought I might […]
I am ripping down a piece of 135mm tas oak for a drawer-bottom. Straight down the guts of it, I mean: the sectional cut of greatest area; the big-board-to-two-thin-boards break; if you see what I mean. The sort of thing done in twenty-five seconds by a bandsaw, but taking me an hour and a half […]
Yanagi Sōetsu’s call to arms tools… That the crafted item be produced by anonymous crafts people; made by hand, and in quantity; inexpensive; used by the masses; functional in daily life; representative of the region in which it was produced.