Friday, July 19, 2013

The Different Personalities of the French Oak Roubo Project

Today as I was moving thru the shop at Wyatt Childs I began thinking about this group of bench builders and how diverse a group they are. Included in these people are Doctors, Attorneys, Glass artist, Auto Body Shop Proprietors, Tech Gurus, Woodworking Store Owners, Surveyor, Plane Maker, the list goes on and on.

Yet this week they are all like minded people converging in a common task. I can describe them all in just two words "Good People".


Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Joiner's Shop.......French Oak Roubo Project Day 3

The third day of the French Oak Roubo Project. A day in the Joiner's shop. 16 benches are  underway in the shop of Wyatt Childs and the atmosphere is unique to say the least. It's easy to imagine that it was very much like this in the early days of the industrial revolution. A few machines running to do the heavy lifting part of the work, yet hand tool work is till occurring all around the machines and literally in every corner of the shop. The blend of the sounds is enticing to say the least.


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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

French Oak Roubo Week......Fate Takes It's Course

Fate is a funny thing.

Some people meet their Fate, that's never a good thing because it's usually a description of their demise. I've heard the comment "fate takes it's course". This can be a reference to a good thing or a bad thing depending on the context. In the incidence that I'm alluding to it's a good thing and possibly a historical thing, and then again maybe it's just the continuance of history. "Fate" can also just mean that the right two people meet at the right time and participate in the right conversation and then you just have to step back and see what happens next.

A year ago this past January I invited some toolmaking friends and some woodworking friends to my house for a couple of days over a January weekend. We cooked and ate some BBQ and we talked woodworking and tools. Bo Childs attended the BBQ and struck up a conversation with Jameel Abraham.

Sometime  it only takes putting the right two people together, having the right conversation, and then you just stand back and watch an idea conceived by two very capable people come to fruition.....and that is what's happening in Barnesville, Georgia this week.

The French Oak Roubo Project is well underway and judging by the number of sweaty t-shirts and empty beer bottles showing up at my house, it is going well. Something that started with a gift of trees from Thomas Jefferson to Marie Antoinette over 200 years ago is coming to work benches in Barnesville, can't make this stuff up.

The entire French Roubo Project entourage is coming to my house for dinner at 11'........well, at the very least pictures.

Okay it's after 11:00 pm. I apologize. I was so busy attending to my guest that I completely forgot to takes pictures or video.


Monday, July 8, 2013

Fear, Disappointment......Hope and Faith

When faced with an incredibly amount of fear and disappointment, one either quits or goes forward with hope and faith. Sometimes the result is an increased fear and more disappointment and sometimes the result is this:

Ovid Eamon Brese
Born on the 7th day of the 7th month and weighs 7 lbs.

Life is Good!

(aka Grandpa)