Historic Caravan Image of the Day

caravanningcampi00stonrich_0255The ladies having lunch outside the Tally Ho! ca. 1910.  A fine little wagon with mollycroft and Persienne shutters.


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The common spokeshave has not changed much in over a century.  The main types can be subdivided several ways but they are essentially, high or low angle with various shapes to the foot plate.  I find this tool a great help when making bows, handles, or other spindle-shaped things.  A flat shave will take you a long way but I get great use out of a rockered-style (convex front-to-back) for creating the complex shape of a bow handle.

SpokeShavesThese examples are from the very early 20th century and are all probably still in use from that era.  I still have a boxwood low angle shave from my great-grandfather.  The steel is remarkable.

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Three Legged Dutch Chair

DutchChairFrom the issue of “Work” made available today by the good folks at Tools for Working Wood.  Minimalist yet fairly ornate.  It would sit well in a corner to get it out of the way when not needed.


Click the image to head over and have a look at this interesting resource from the 19th century.

While you are in the internet neighborhood, have a look in their store for some great and out of the ordinary stuff.


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Saw Bench Update

I worked on the bench a little more last weekend and have already put it to work over the last few evenings for some small projects.  I have found it’s usefulness and it is a tool I know I won’t regret owning.


Front side.

A second till shelf has been added to store saws, bench hook, etc. and a few holdfast holes have been bored through.


The off-side.

I realize now I didn’t get any low angle shots.  I’ll take those when I get it oiled up a pretty.


View of the bottom till.

Sturdy and low-cost, this project allowed me an opportunity to employ some free-form joinery, use some rough-looking scraps and enjoy a bit of wabi-sabi* design.  It’s not perfect, but neither am I.

*Wabi-Sabi: an aesthetic based partly on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic of wabi-sabi can be described as a beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.”

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Prius House

Experimental house on a Prius from Australia.

priusWhat an odd combination.  I like it indeed.  The short article is HERE.


“It provided a stylish place to sleep at the Meredith Music Festival in Victoria earlier this month while his fellow campers were forced to rough it in tents.

“It’s quite well insulated in there. It’s more comfortable than a tent,” he said.”

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Scooter Rickshaw

Yes, I love the scooters.  Here’s an interesting setup I found via Tumblr at Scooterscene.  Probably not for high-speed use but still, a remarkable little taxi.

rickshaw2 rickshawI would love to learn more about these little guys.

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Frame saws

The frame saw.  Virtually every house in North America contained one of these prior to oil and gas heat.

The frame saw. Virtually every house in North America contained one of these prior to oil and gas heat.

Advertisement from 1913.

These saws are an excellent and handy way to cross-cut large logs quickly.  the design is over 2,500 years old solving the problem of keeping a stiff blade with a minimum amount of metal.  This style come in at about 4 1/2 pounds giving enough heft to aid in cutting.  Teeth cut both ways and the blades tend to be made from excellent steel.  Perfect for re-use if you can find one mouldering in the corner of a flea market.  I picked on up several years ago in “like new” condition and it has given great service ever since.  Limbs can be simply replaced if they become rotted or otherwise damaged.  These are the chainsaws of our forebears.

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