As Handworks 2017 in Amana Iowa quickly approaches I thought I would share/promote why I think people need to go. Handworks is a two day event that takes place this year on Friday May 19 and Saturday May 20 from 10am to 5pm each day.
There are so many more reasons than those I list in this little video. It is THE premier event for Handtool woodworking in the US. If you can get there, get there. You won't be disappointed.
And visit their website for more information www.handworks.co
Don't forget to register online to be eligible for door prizes at the event. You must register before the even and no registration is available at the event. Register on the website.
If you see me there please stop and say hi. I would like to see as many of you there as possible.
I just started a Letter Carving series on my YouTube channel today and just wanted to spread the word.
As a sign maker I carve letters almost everyday, and though the process is somewhat mechanical, it is always enjoyable. My aim for this series is to provide a resource that teaches the entire process of letter carving step by step. The series will cover all the main components of letters (vertical, horizontal, curves, junctions, serif's etc...), tool selection, carving techniques, does and don't, proper letter layout, and small letters vs. large letter carving. The first two letter carving videos are currently up on my Woodcarving with Bill channel and can be found below. Several others will be shot and uploaded in the next week or two.
If you are interested in woodcarving please consider subscribing to my channel as I have many more things planed for the future. And it's free so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
The Sperm Whale (Nantucket Folk Art) below is one of the upcoming videos I have planed and I will be providing the design as a free download.
Also, please check out my Woodcarving Resources page. This page will be added to continuously and will be the home for all of my woodcarving downloads, which will always be free.
During the past week I have uploaded 3 NEW Videos to my Woodcarving with Bill channel over on YouTube. This entire process at this point is to lay a solid foundation for woodcarving. Yes, that includes learning to sharpen all the different types of tools used in carving. Once the foundation is complete, within a week or two, then the projects will begin to flow.
Some may ask, "Why make the sharpening videos? Why the basic stuff? Isn't enough of that out there already?" Yes, yes it is. I own dozens of books that show how to sharpen, hold the tools, and use them for basic tasks. And there are others who have produced videos on these subjects in great detail. However, not everyone teaches the same way, explains things the same, nor do we all learn the same way. For that reason I am laying the foundation for a well informed beginning woodcarver. My hope is that when someone with little to no experience discovers my channel they will be able to return to their shop and perform the tasks in each video.
With that said, the most important thing to learn in woodcarving is how to sharpen and handle your tools. If the tools are not properly sharpened, well, it's going to be a long road to failure, and I really don't like seeing people fail at things.
My mission is to simply get as many people as possible carving wood, enjoying the process, and having fun in their shops.
So please, spread the word, share the videos, and subscribe if you are at all interested in learning to carve wood. This first year is going to be very interesting and I can't hope to grow the channel without a little help from my friends. Stay tuned for more updates and uploads.
Another quick update on the workbench.
I do believe I developed an easy fix and improvement for the Veritas Inset Vise, and I added some drawers to the bench. And .......... Nicholson VS Roubo????? I'll address that too.
Check out the new channel all about woodcarving. Woodcarving with Bill
There are already two videos on the channel, Intro to Sharpening and Sharpening the Double Bevel Chisel.
Once I get all the sharpening videos done I plan on putting out some letter carving videos and some fun beginner projects. Setting up a new channel takes time, but those more advanced projects will be right around the corner.
Don't forget to subscribe to this new channel to stay up to date on new releases and please spread the word.
It has been three years since I completed this Split Top Roubo and a few things have changed.
If for no other reason I would ask you watch this video to see how the Veritas Inset Vise is working out. I am surprised at what has been happening with it over the past year or so, you'll have to watch the video to find out what that is.
Hopefully this video will answer the majority of questions I get regarding this workbench.
Thanks for stopping by, and if you have any experiences regarding the Veritas Inset Vise let me know, I'd like to hear how it is working for others.
This is a quick video response to a viewer question I received regarding a used wooden fillister plane. The sole wasn't flat and the side wasn't square to the sole. Is that an issue? Does it need to be fixed? How important is that really? And if I wanted to fix it, what should I look out for?
And if you notice, Yes, this is an alternative YouTube channel (Bill's VLog). This channel is in it's infancy right now, but it will be for all shop updates, Q&A's, and around the shop tips tricks and helpful hints. Basically, more show and tell than building or making things. I know some people like the behind the scenes stuff and some really hate VLOG's. That's why I'm separating it from my normal YouTube channel. Billy's Little Bench will stay a hand tools (HTOTW's), furniture, building style YouTube channel. Links to both are on the right hand side of the screen. Feel free to subscribe , share, comment, and ask questions. Not all questions will get a video response, I don't have that kind of free time. Most of these videos will be short and sweet and some may be on location outside of the shop.
Stay tuned for even more updates and info. I got something special up my sleeve. ;)
PS. If you feel like supporting me on Patreon, Link to the right, it may be a great way to guarantee a video response to your questions. Check it out. And thanks for the support.
This was a fun project for my daughter. Made from Cedar and a little Redwood, some old clock hardware, and a little imagination.
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