Sunday, October 30, 2011

(Not So) Epic Carpenter

After seeing the Epic Carpenter video (see below), i was inspired to give the 'dangerous' lathe a second try. The man in the video made lathing look so easy.


should have rolled up sleeves

Took an hour to try to turn the rough maple blank to a cylindrical smooth blank. Every time one side is smoothed out, i realize that the other side is bulkier. After going back and forth smoothing out the lop side, the blank is getting smaller and smaller and smaller.... Reminds me of that episode of the Simpsons where a tree was cut down only to be turned down into a single toothpick.

Though it wasn't as easy as the video, it was extremely therapeutic and mesmerizing. Check back in a week to see what it's transformed to.

- Jess

Friday, October 28, 2011

Epic Carpenter Video

We wish our daily workshop experiences were as epic as this video:

The Carpenter from Dimitris Ladopoulos on Vimeo.

Love the motion info graphics, however that man should be wearing eye protection!

- Heather.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Wood Inspiration!

I have always been interested in bending wood. Lamination, steam, kerf, vacuum, you name it. It amazes me that such a hard static material can be manipulated to take a new form while keeping or even improving strength.

So it came as a surprise when I saw this video on Core77:

The "illusion" shown is interesting, but I am thinking that this method could be used for some pretty funky wood joints that wouldn't require any fasteners or even glue. Time to go down to the shop to experiment!