sent this earlier.
will be having our yearly Hollister fall encampment this
year in November from Thursday the 5th through Sunday the
8th. Feel free to come a day or so early. The NAF will
pick up the tab for the fee charged by the ranch, so it is
very important to have a head count of who is coming. I
need to know no later than Nov 1st. I thank you all for
your time. Wild pig hunting is allowed as well.....More
details to follow. I hope to hear that you're going to
make it there.
attended Roy Underhill's 5 day Bench work class in his
Woodwright's school located in Pittsboro, NC over the
Easter Weekend. There were 10 guys in the class. (Other
classes had women attend.) The guys from all over, one was
actually from Raleigh, about 40 minutes away, one from
Toronto, Boston, Chicago, Dayton, Charleston, SC. Class
was scheduled for 9 to 5:30. most of us showed up at 8:30.
First 2 days were cutting and gluing the dovetails, We all
got done by the end if the second day, Roy and Bill, Roy
had a co-teacher Willard Anderson, were surprised. Most
classes take longer. Third day we were introduced to
molding planes and made the skirt for the box, and started
to cut the miters. Fourth day we completed fitting the
skirt, this step took longer than I expected. We broke
early to visit Peter Ross, he's been on the show, he was
blacksmith at Williamsburg for 30 yrs. He showed us some
work on the anvil, and made each of us a nail. He said
"in the day" a nailer was expected to make close
to 2000 nails a day. He was making one in about 23
seconds. He also said that if he wasn't talking, after
about 30 - 40 nail, he would get faster. The last day was
making a frame and panel for the lid. I got mine glued up
and called it a day ( it was about 6:30), I'll finish it
when it gets here.
There is a tool shop on the second floor, I got a couple
of things for my tool box that I have been looking for.
It was a very good class. Roy is not quite like he is on
the show but I don't think he could maintain that for 5
straight days. He got his start in hand tools when he was
living on a commune north of El Rito off the grid and met
a tool collector in Albuquerque.
This is how it looked at the end of class.
September 23 – 26, 2015 National Fur Trade Symposium
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