Saturday, June 1, 2013

Forging Ahead

What a great week we had in Berea, Ky. at Kelly Mehler's school of woodworking. Peter Galbert did a fantastic job as usual with great new information and tools that he taught everyone to make. Early in the week we made curved adzes with the gas forge with O1 tool steel.  
 Here you can see Kelly who worked really hard to keep up with the things Pete and I had to mill for the students. He never complains.
 Here is Pete with his draw sharp tool he invented to sharpen draw knives. I can't wait until he introduces this on his blog. It's very cool.
 One of the highlights of the week was when the students used the adze they made to carve the seats for the shave horse they made. We had a great group of students. Kelly said it was the best class he ever had. (inside joke)

 This is the horse we built for Kelly to keep at the school. The smart head design that Pete invented worked flawlessly. Everyone's horse came out perfect.
 Pete demo'd his rocker slot cutting jig. I made a rocker base to try the jig. It works so good and really tunes the rockers to allow things that couldn't be achieved before and so fast. I have an extra jig for sale if anyone is interested.
 And yet another jig Pete designed is this adjustable tool rest for grinding tools with the slow speed grinder. I hope he shows this on his blog. It is one to watch.
 We had lots of fun and I know the students got more than they paid for. Pete always gives 150% of himself. I am sure all the students were overwhelmed with all the cool things they learned. I know I was.
 Kelly decided to sell his FW complete set. I got lucky to be in the right place at the right time and took these beauties home. They look great on my bookshelf in the shop. Thanks again kelly.

 Although we were all tired in the end we were all smiling. Great class.


  1. What a week! No naps and 12 hour days. Kelly's school is a gem, so is Kelly. Pete knocked it out of the park and Greg(the other Pete) worked full time to keep up with the classes mill work. Thanks so much!

  2. Thanks Bill, it was fun. Thanks again for the awesome Lignum Vitae.

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  4. Looks like Berea was fun. By the way, Peter has a pair of hand knit socks from me,too.

  5. I'm sorry I upset I would like to start a handyman shop
    and I have no plans on wood furniture, and if there are some who have no. tool so it is also very rich come so if there are some who can help me
    I will be very happy, I'm unemployed so I can not pay anything for them
    but I hope you will still help my address is
    8660 skanderborg
    Kildevænget 1
    jim borg

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