“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.”
Voltaire was on to something there. Here is a very inspirational family making good in the wilds of Wisconsin. I would love to see more as they sound like some truly genuine artisans and keep craftsmanship alive in this consumer era.
I want to continue being inspired by people like this with positive spirits and keeping an eye on the important things in life. Feel free to submit links like this or comment if you have feeling about a handmade life.
And don’t forget to check out their own web-page, photos, and blog by clicking the image below.
Still gathering old images of tools, occupations, and craftsmen. Now I just need time to edit and post them in a sensible way. To kick off this series, it’s a wood turner and his lathe from the early 15th century (German). I think the artist may have neglected to show the tool rest here.
This one goes out to Kiko, Mick, and Veloja for their recent enthusiasm for the foot-powered lathe.
I’ve had to watch this about a dozen times and I’ve even posted it before.
Here’s an image of Mick’s pole lathe where my bowl and plate were created. It’s hard to see all the workings from this view but it’s a pretty great set-up. Unlike a modern, continuous motion lathe, the cutting is done on the down-stroke (about 2 1/2 revolutions) and the spring returns the system to the “up” position. This type of woodworking is done with green wet wood; in this case, alder.
New mess kit, old spoon. Plate and bowl turned on a spring-pole lathe by Mick Robins. Both made from green alder. I carved the spoon years ago from and Osage orange scrap. Just scraped and waxed the set to make them easy to clean and prevent cracking.
A great short film about a bowl being turned on a treadle lathe.
Info from the Vimeo Page:
Shot in a couple of hours on 2 separate afternoons, this is Leo who lives in a yurt with his partner and a variety of animals on the edge of Exmoor in the UK.
He is a craftsman of many talents, and this film shows him turning a piece of wood into a beautiful bowl using a traditional foot powered lathe (which he also built himself).
We started shooting on the first afternoon, but one of his sheep escaped, so we had to shoot the rest the following afternoon. Unfortunately, the weather was far from perfect and was actually raining lightly.
It doesn’t take him long to turn one of these bowls, and watching him work was a real pleasure.
Conversations with Angels – Luke Richards
Inner Dream – Barrie Gledden.
All shot using Canon 7D with EF 24 -105, f4 lens.