Posted on 19-11-2008
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(Treks = Journeys) — “Woodtreks” are video journeys for woodworkers, wood artists, and collectors of fine wood crafts, art, and furniture. Join me. Be inspired, learn how-to, and discover master artisans & their work. Click to read more about this site or find out what viewers are saying.


Video: John Reed Fox: How a Master Artisan Selects Wood

In this video, get an inside look at how this master furniture maker collaborates with fine-hardwood dealers, Rick and Brian Hearne, to search from among Hearne Hardwood’s 1,000,000 board feet of top-grade hardwoods. The goal for Mr. Fox’s 700 mile buying trip: the perfect set of walnut boards. It’s John’s critical first step in crafting the highest-grade heirloom furniture. Learn the practical steps to how you too can select better wood for your next masterpiece. WATCH VIDEONOW

Video: Designing & Building A Custom Workbench

In this video, we meet master cabinetmaker Patrick Edwards who gives us a guided tour of his massive, hand-built bench designed specifically for working with hand tools.  A purpose-built cabinetmakers bench is often the centerpiece of most woodworkers’ shops. And it’s easy to see why, because if you can’t hold the work, you can’t use a hand plane or a chisel or any tool that requires the workpiece to be held stationary. WATCH VIDEONOW

Video: How to Hand Cut Precision Dovetails: The Pins

No matter what your experience level (whether you’ve tried making dovetails by hand in the past or you are interested in learning something new) there are secrets to getting easier and better results. In this complete two part video tutorial, I introduce to you Cabinetmaker Craig Vandall Stevens’s systematic approach. WATCH VIDEONOW

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Posted on 19-04-2008
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Craig Vandall Stevens is a professional furniture maker specializing in commissioned, one-of-a-kind custom pieces for collectors. He is also a noted teacher and writer who regularly conducts seminars in both the US and Japan.

Mark Damron is an accomplished turner, creative toolmaker, and specialist in stack ring lamination.

Don Leman is an award winning segmented turner. He is also a talented antique clock restoration and repair specialist. Please visit Mr. Leman’s website for more information.

Rick Hearne is president of Hearne Hardwoods in Oxford, Pennsylvania. Hearne specializes in fine-grade hardwoods, both domestic and exotic, with a specialty in flitch cut, natural edge, highly figured, and large scale lumber.

Irion Company Furniture Makers is based in Christiana, Pennsylvania. The Irion Company specializes in the restoration, conservation, and hand-made reproduction of American antique furniture from the 18th and 19th century.

Robert Treate Hogg Cabinetmakers (pronounced “Hoge”) hand-makes commissioned, limited production furniture, architectural cabinets and fixtures. Originally founded in 1936, Hogg specializes in high-end audio-visual lecterns and podiums for higher education. They are based in Oxford, Pennsylvania.

Eric Matson is the Director of the Fine Woodworking Program at Rio Grand University. Rio Grande offers a one year certificate program, as well as two year associates and four year college degree programs. Graduates have the skills and knowledge to be productive in custom furniture shops and architectural/cabinet shops. Rio Grande (pronounced rye-oh) is in Southern Ohio.

John Reed Fox John Reed Fox is a master cabinetmaker and furniture designer living and working near Boston, Massachusetts. His “one of a kind” and limited edition pieces have been exhibited at national juried craft fairs, invitational shows and galleries.

Patrick Edwards Patrick Edwards is President of Antique Refinishers, Inc. which offers restoration, conservation and reproduction of pre-industrial American and European furniture for dealers, private collectors, and institutions. Mr. Edward also owns and instructs at the American School of French Marquetry, Inc. Both business are based on San Diego, California. He blogs regularly.

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