This coming year will be a very busy one for me, and I'm looking forward to it. Not only do I have a serious project that I can sink my teeth into, building and writing a book about the furniture depicted in the Maciejowski Bible. On top of that have several events where I'll be demonstrating and a few where I'll be giving a formal talk.
If you're interested in any of these topics and are in the neighborhood, stop on by and we'll have a visit. This is a list of those set in stone. There are a few more in the works. I may have to start a list in the sidebar.
Saturday June 14th.
I will be at the Castlerock Museum of Arms and Armor in beautiful riverside town of Alma WI. This is a big party for the museum's annual gala and I will be set up there doing carving demonstrations and talking medieval woodworking. Some of my medieval buddies will be there to doing chain-maile making, traditional long bow making, and displaying their melee muscles with a combat demonstration.
I will try and have a couple pieces from my work on the bible furniture along with me. Hoping for a foot stool and a chair.
Saturday June 28th,
I will be again demonstrating medieval woodworking and carving again. This time as part of a fund raiser and show for the Rock Springs Wisconsin Public Library. I won't be there alone. I'll have the rest of the medieval crew with me as well.
I've never understood the rhyme or reason to the publishing dates for magazines, but I believe the August issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine will be in the mail and on news stands at some point in July. It should contain an article I wrote titled "The Roubo Press Vise" after my work building the veneer press shown on plate 280 of Roubo's work "L'Art du menuisier" The plate is included in the "Roubo on Marquetry" translation that was released last year by Lost Art Press
Sunday August 31st, 2pm
I'll be back at the Castlerock Museum to give a lecture on the real life considerations of wearing armor for combat as opposed to wearing armor for costume. There's a lot to consider and many real world applications that have only presented to me through experience. This is not woodworking related, but it is fun.
Sunday September 28th, 2pm
Another round at the Castlerock Museum. This time master blacksmith Thomas Latane has asked me to tag team with him on a lecture / demonstration about medieval woodworking. This should include riving logs into stock, chopping mortise and tenon joints, scratch mouldings, carving, and whatever else we can come up with. Should be a good time
Sunday November 30th 2pm
This will be a big one for me. I will be back at the Castlerock Museum for a fourth visit and third lecture this year. This will be a talk on the furniture shown in the Maciejowski Bible and my efforts to effectively build the pieces back into reality. I will have all the pieces I've completed and my research with me. Come one, come all and bring your rotten vegetables to throw.
And my biggest news. . .
May 15th - 17th, 2015
I have the honor and privilege of being asked by Don Williams to help with the exhibition of the H.O. Studley Tool Chest and Workbench in at the Scottish Rite Temple in Cedar Rapids Iowa. (you have no idea how long I've been holding my breath, waiting to write that sentence here) I feel like I could say so much more, but I am humbled beyond my usual words that Don asked me to be a part of this.
Up to this point I could only name off a handful of people who I know have been able to stand in the presence of this storied, near mythological, testament to woodworking obsession. The short list I can name off the top of my head includes Norm Abrahms, Don Williams, Chris Schwarz, Narayan Nayar, and Jameel Abraham. To be part of this short list of names is worth the small price of admission. Don't miss it.
Tickets will be limited. All the information is here: www.studleytoolchest.com
And if the Studley Tool Chest and Work Bench isn't enough, there's this little party called Handworks 2015 right down the road in Amana.
So, I'm looking forward to a busy year, and I hope I get a chance to see some of you while I'm at it.
Ratione et Passionis