Shop News

This new section on our website, “Shop News”, gives us an opportunity to give you information about us – product, developments like web revision, and personal news, as well as share our customer comments that we feel everyone would enjoy.


Kevin Greer’s 1960 Dodge Truck “Rattles”

It all started when Kevin Greer of Marietta, GA sent me a photo of his 1960 Dodge Pick-up tricked out for oval box display and sale. The affection Kevin has for Rattles matches his ingenuity in using it for craft sales. This is no shining restoration. It is a working partner in Kevin’s life.

Charlotte Library Display of John’s Two Books

The second photo comes from the Charlotte, MI, public library who gave over their display case this January to my two new books. Making Wood Tools 2nd Edition appeared in February 2014. It shows the range of hand tools made from plans and directions. Shaker Oval Boxes Vol. I made it’s debut in July and is shown in the display of boxes and carriers. I received an inspiring comment from Lary Ritter recently, he writes, “I enjoyed the book so much I read it immediately in one sitting! I hope that it being called “Volume 1″ is a prelude of things yet to come.”


In a world where news of inhumanity bombards our sensibilities, where grasping for things goes so far beyond our needs, when time is squandered in business; It is a pleasure and a privilege to pause for a look at handiwork, to see beauty amidst utility, and to know that craft traditions begun so long ago serve us today.

-From the Preface “Shaker Oval Boxes Vol I”

Inspiring Poetry Heading Our January Mailing

The third item comes from John Tuckey who liked the lead-off poem in this January’s customer mailing. He wrote that “this statement here is wonderful and I can relate with it to the letter. I have copied it, sized it down, and mounted it. It now hangs in my workshop. Great words of inspiration.” John not only makes oval boxes, he is using #5 bands for a dulcimer project. “I just hope that I can pull this off–this is the first one I’ve ever built.”

Keep those comments coming. Eric and I love to hear from you. We hope you enjoy the new sharing experience.

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  7. John, a question for you….for a divided carrier, I plan to use cut nails to secure the divider to the base and copper tack/s to secure the divider to the side band.

    What have you been using?

    Thanks
    John

    • John, Thanks for your question. I have been using either wooden pegs or the copper shoe pegs depending on the look I want to acheive in the project. I am sure that cut nails will also do the job, in any case, select the proper pilot hole diameter. The wooden pegs use 5/64″ and the shoe peg a 1/16″ drill.
      All the best!
      JW

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