Workshop Tour Of Studio Woodworking

Workshop Tour Of Studio Woodworking

The Aspiring Woodworker’s workshop tour of Studio Woodworking that is presented below is a series of random shots all taken during one afternoon. Studio Woodworking at Okanagan College offers a thirty five week full time program which covers a wide range of woodworking skills. The video is well done and offered in high definition.

Workshop Tour Of Studio Woodworking

The state of the art joinery shop at Okanagan College has the luxury of large windows creating lots of natural light. Our shop is very well equipped with state of the art hand tools. We have huge variety of well maintained stationary machines with industrial dust collection. Many of our machines, tools, and cutters are new.
Our fully equipped tool room has a full time attendant and any wood working tool you could imagine. The bench room has a wood floor and cabinetmakers benches for each student. We also have a heated spray booth equipped with high quality spray equipment as well as breathing air equipment.

Click here for more information about the woodworking program at Studio Woodworking

Workshop Tour Of Studio Woodworking
This Aspiring Woodworker workshop tour is for a school called Studio Woodworking located in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.

The program looks very extensive and covers many topics and woodworking techniques.  Based what I see in the workshop tour of Studio Woodworking and the students work on the site they are helping aspiring woodworkers become skilled craftsmen.



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Roy Underhill’s The Woodwright’s Shop

I came across an interesting article on Google about Roy Underhill’s The Woodwright’s Shop television show. The article titled “Woodworker Keeps Old Craft Alive” was printed in the Wilmington Morning Star back on December 19, 1981. This was from the first year the show was on the air, I thought some of you might find it of interest.

Roy Underhill’s The Woodwright’s Shop

Roy Underhill's Woodwrights Shop

Roy Underhill's Woodwright Shop

Click here to see the post on the paper as it was printed

I have always enjoyed the show, you can still find Roy Underhill’s The Woodwright’s Shop on your local PBS station.


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Woodworker Turns Bowls From Root Balls

Woodworker Turns Bowls From Root Balls

A Florida woodworker turns bowls from root balls of palm trees and has recently won Best Of Show at the annual Leesburg Art Festival. Scott Anderson of Crystal River uses his tractor to get the root balls out of the ground in order to make the bowls.

Woodworker Turns Bowls From Root Balls

Woodworker Turns Bowls From Root Balls
Woodworker Scott Anderson turns bowls from root balls and has won Best Of Show at the 35th annual Leesburg Art Festival.

“The hardest part is getting it out of the ground,” said Anderson, who relied on his own tractor to dig up the sabal palm on his land to begin the art piece.

“I think that it’s such a paradox that hiding inside the ugliest tree in Florida is this,” Anderson said, showing the intricate design pattern on the finished product.

The first time he discovered the unique artsy detail on a palm tree’s root ball, he felt that it was worthy of turning into works of art. Anderson began showing his palm bowls two years ago.

Some people mistake Anderson’s bowls as ceramics, glass or even marble. Many are stunned to learn they’re crafted from a tree’s root ball.

“I’m a woodworker who doesn’t think inside the box,” he said.

Click here to read the full article at

This is certainly an interesting looking bowl.  Having turned black palm, I can appreciate the work that has gone into this. I would love to see this aspiring woodworker turn bowls from root balls on video.


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The Rapping Woodworker

Here is a quick post for a video I found on YouTube from Steve Ramsey the rapping woodworker of Woodworking For Mere Mortals.

The Rapping Woodworker

…Master carpenter on TV
Makin it look easy.
Hes the boss, hes the best,
But this aint no freakin test!

So get a simple mission,
Make decisions with precision
Get some lumber to transform and remember
Abram aint the norm!…

Here is a link to the rapping woodworker on YouTube.


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Aspiring Woodworker’s Workshop Tour

In today’s post I am highlighting an aspiring woodworker’s workshop tour. I am thinking about making this a regular post as I have always enjoyed workshop tours, be they in photo or video. It is interesting to see what setup other woodworkers have and how they lay out their equipment.

The woodworker’s workshop tour for today is from The Patriot Woodworker and I found it on YouTube.

Aspiring Woodworker’s Workshop Tour

Well, since my cabinets I built for the college are finally out of my shop, and I needed to move all this lumber in, I felt now was a good time to clean the ol shop and then I was thinking, well I don’t have it this clean very often so I might as well shoot a video of it to show the gang at The Patriot Woodworker what I work in when I do work. I hope you all like it, it’s hokey, but it was fun. I’d like to thank Kari Hultman of The Village Carpenter for inspiring me to do this with her video of her shop tour. I just absolutely loved that video. Ours is not as refined as hers, but she has more experience at this then we do. So hang in there! And thanks for looking!

Click here for the original post on YouTube.

Let me know if you enjoyed this post and if you have a workshop tour that you would like me to write about, send me a link to it, photos or video it doesn’t matter. You just might see it here on an aspiring woodworker’s workshop tour.


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Maine Woodworker Hand Crafting Wooden Skis

Maine Woodworker Hand Crafting Wooden Skis

Maine Woodworker Hand Crafting Wooden Skis
Maine Woodworker Hand Crafting Wooden Skis in his Avon workshop - photo from Lucid Skis Facebook Page

Avon Maine woodworker hand crafting wooden skis is finding his way into a niche market by making a quality product. Ian Reinholt of Lucid Skis began building skis after spending three years making furniture on Hawaii’s Lana’i island.

The company which is in its first full production ski season has made around 50 pairs of skis which come in 3 different versions. Each pair takes them about 12 hours to build from rough lumber to finished product and sells for between $800 – $1000.

The author of the following article, Scott Thistle of the Sun Journal recently tried the wooden skis out on Maine’s Saddleback Mountain and wrote about his experience.

Maine Woodworker Hand Crafting Wooden Skis

Reinholt’s nearly all-wood skis are as functional as they are beautiful, according to skiers who have tested them.

Lucid makes three types of skis in various lengths: One is designed for natural snow, one for groomed trails and the third for back-country adventuring. While each is designed with a specialty focus, all three work well on most snow conditions. The brand focuses on skis that work well in the kinds of widely variable conditions seen in New England, Reinholt said.

During a recent outing on the slopes of Saddleback, the skis fetched accolades from other skiers who were fast to comment on the non-flashy design and all-natural look. But the superior performance of the skis on the slopes was what was being talked about by those who tried them.

To read the original article at click here.

Maine has a long history of woodworkers making wooden skis and Reinholt is doing his part to bring the tradition back. He is hoping to have 150 pairs ready for next year and to eventually make 500 pairs per year bring new jobs to the area.

In this video by Russ Dillingham of the Sun Journal Ian Reinholt and his partner Nick Mukai discuss the processes they use to make the wooden skis.


As a lifelong skier and woodworker I find these wooden skis fascinating and beautiful and would love to take a few runs. If you would like more information about this Maine woodworker hand crafting wooden skis click here for the Lucid Skis Facebook page.

Update 3/16/12 – Lucid Skis will be having free demos of their skis this weekend at Sugurloaf USA in Carrabassett, Maine. Click here to read all about it!

Update 3/23/12 – Check Out These Beautiful Handmade Wooden Skis at Lucid Skis « WSKI TV 17 Sugarloaf Maine
See the video interview with Nick Mukai at

There’s no denying that modern skis are some pretty impressive technology. Carbon fibers, aluminum, I’m pretty sure mine have pure Kryptonite in them. People today tend to look at wooden skis as a relic, a fun museum piece, but nothing they could ever honestly ski on, and nothing that could match th…


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Woodworkers Shop Tip

All woodworkers get small nicks and cuts from time to time. One of the ways you can stop the bleeding is by using Cyanoacrylate (CA) or Super Glue. This has been used for years as a quick way to close wounds yet it was not approved by the United States FDA until 1998 when Dermabond was introduced.

Woodworkers Shop Tip

In this YouTube woodworkers shop tip video by SailingandSuch he describes how he used it to seal a cut.

I keep various bottles of thin, medium and thick CA in my shop since it is very helpful for in woodturning projects I do. While I have not used it for the purpose in the video, I do use “liquid band-aid” which is a variant of Cyanoacrylate. Please let me know in the comments if you use Super Glue for your minor cuts.

You may not use this for your wounds but all woodworkers should have a first aid kit readily available in there workshops. They do not cost a lot of money but they could be invaluable in an emergency.


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Cutting A Dovetail Pin Socket

Get Woodworking Week – Update Six

Well it’s the last day of Get Woodworking Week 2012, from what I can have seen this has been a pretty popular topic among woodworkers who post on the web.

As has been the tradition here I will start off this post with Tom Iovino (founder of Get Woodworking Week) of Tom’s Workbench. Today Tom asks the question where to now, what should we as woodworkers do to continue the cause. His hope is that this eek was enough to inspire woodworkers everywhere to get out and continue to introduce others to the craft.

Get Woodworking Week 2012Get Woodworking Week: Saturday

Well, here we are. The last day of Get Woodworking Week, and I have got to tell you, I have been thoroughly impressed by the outpouring of support from the online woodworking community. The blog posts I have linked to have been funny, thought provoking and inspirational. As I have told several of the posters… if it wasn’t for these awesome posts and active participation, Get Woodworking Week wouldn’t be worth a bucket of warm spit.

As this week draws to a close, we are left with one nagging question: Where to now?

Click here to read the full post at

I for one hope that we can all continue to spread the word and look forward to Get Woodworking Week 2013!

Here are the Get Woodworking Week links that Tom had Posted as of this writing. His first article that he linked to was at The Joiner’s Apprentice by Rob Campbell. Rob does a great job describing how to hand cut dovetails for a box using his words, pictures and a video.

Cutting A Dovetail Pin Socket
Cutting A pin socket with a coping saw.

[basics] Simple Dovetailed Box

Use dividers to mark the shoulder of the half-pins on either side of the board.  Use the same setting for both sides.  Note that this whole process shown here is cutting away the pins to leave the tails.  This is called “Tails First” and is just one way to do this.  “Pins First” has its own pros and cons, but will not be covered here.  The size of these half-pins is up to you, but its suggested they be about (or at least) half as wide as your stock is thick.  I have just been using this one setting, about 1/2″, on all my dovetails, conveniently having this tiny pair of dividers set to that size and leaving it there.

To read the post at The Joiner’s Apprentice click here.

As was the case with the earlier post this week, Rob has made a highly detailed article showing the steps needed to hand cut dovetails for a box, great job!

The next Get Woodworking Week article is from Steve Ramsey of Woodworking for Mere Mortals, His post is primarily a video post which shows how he made a cabinet to store his cutoffs. He does a great job describing and showing the steps involved.

Building a Shop CabinetShop cabinet

Here’s a simple shop cabinet I built to store small cut-offs. Those pieces of wood that I save for all sorts of reasons. I used 3/4″ plywood for most of the cabinet. Easily adaptable for any storage use.

Click here to watch the video at

In addition to the shop cabinet video Steve posted another video discussing the new table saw that was donated to him and how it all happened.

The next Get Woodworking Post is by Scott Morgan from, he talks about how kids love woodworking and posted a great video showing the kids at work.

Get Woodworking: Teach the Kids

Kids love woodworking.  As Wilber Pan recently wrote all you need is to hand  a kid a tool, a piece of wood and watch them have a blast.  I recently carved out a space in my shop for the kids, hung their tools on the wall and made some workbenches.

Click here to watch the video on

The next site Tom linked to is The Garage Woodshop run by Ross Henton. I covered this article in my update yesterday, click here to read that post.

Up next is a post from Wilbur Pan at Giant Cypress. Wilbur discusses how the members of his club, Central Jersey Woodworker’s Association, go about making projects in group builds.

Here’s one last item for Get Woodworking Week.

…This Arts and Crafts table with a turquoise inlay in the top was made by one of our members. This table was the first woodworking project she had ever made. And she made this table out of pallet wood, no less.

This will be ironic considering that Get Woodworking Week is an internet-based initiative, but one of the most effective ways of getting started in woodworking is to find a local woodworking club and meet real live woodworkers in person…

To read the full post at click here.

Their group build process is interesting and from the looks of the table, the methods work.

The last Get Woodworking Week article on Tom’s list is from WV Woodshed. This article discusses a project he is about to begin to build from materials he purchased over the internet. This project is for an end table that has a floating top. He also discussing working with his son in the shop and the interest that was piqued.

Get Woodworking Week 2012

In other Getting Woodworking related news; I have finally begun to peak the interest of my 11year old son, John. Over the last week he and I have spent about 4 hours in the shop together. He seems particularly interested in sawing stock and I have been explaining and demonstrating how to use the wheel marking gauge, the square and other marking instruments to layout his cuts. We still haven’t jumped into a project together, but I think he wants to be involved in the end table build, so with that let’s Get Woodworking.

Click here to read the original article at

So as Get Woodworking Week 2012 is coming to a close I would like to say that I have enjoyed reading and writing about all the articles. Great job to Tom and everyone else who participated,  I for one  am looking forward to Get Woodworking Week 2013!



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