Monday, August 12, 2013

Appalachian Center for Crafts Weekend

 This past weekend I spent at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tennessee teaching a Windsor bench class. I modeled the class after this walnut bench I made years ago. My son Logan helped design the bench. I use it beside my shave horse to hold tools and spindles.
 Here we are at the end of the class. Everyone finished their bench and Cathy (pictured in the middle) made two benches. What a great group of students. Not pictured is Ellie Richards who is the artist in resident who was a great help all weekend. She is a very talented artist and teacher.
 Here is Curt at final assembly with Marks assistance. All the students helped each other. That always makes my job easier.

Almost finished bench!

Today I made timber frame pegs for the garden tool shed. Split from green white oak, they must dry in the kiln before raisin day next Saturday. Notice the walnut bench holding the pegs. Very handy.

A short video of the peg construction using the John Neeman draw knife.


  1. April's bench has been getting so much praise since we brought it back.... love that style.

  2. Thanks Ziggy, I mentioned to my students about the curved stretcher on April's bench. I'd wished we had more time to do them that way.