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February 23, 2017

Online how to Woodworking Guide – The Apprentice and The Journeyman University

The Apprentice and The Journeyman University

An Online How to Woodworking Guide

Segmented Woodturning - Woodturner - Online how to woodworking Guide- The Apprenticeand The Journeyman UniversityThe Apprentice and The Journeyman University is an Online How To Woodworking Guide  specifically for woodworkers. This ongoing collection of  woodworking videos, articles, and wood projects is for the beginning woodworker as well as the experienced woodworker. The primary goal of sharing this woodworking knowledge base is to pass on experience to those who want to take their woodworking skills to a higher level.

The online how to woodworking guide is set up so that you can easily browse through the various woodworking subjects at a glance.  This offers woodworkers an opportunity learn many new woodworking ideas. These are how to woodworking tips that you can immediately apply in your woodworking shop. So, if you are new to woodworking and have been wanting to learn how to woodwork, take your time and enjoy this knowledge base. If you are an experienced craftsman, here’s an opportunity to share proven woodworking ideas and techniques. If you find value with this online how to woodworking guide, consider The Apprentice and The Journeyman University as a regular source for your online woodworking.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Leonardo da Vinci 
…Italian painter, sculptor, architect, and engineer…(1452-1519)

Architectural Details…Interior, Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House, Chicago - Frank Lloyd Wright Homes - Online how to Woodworking Guide

Custom Inlay Designs for Arts and Crafts Woodworking

Decorative Door Knockers of Florence, Italy

Decorative Inlay Patterns for Custom Hardwood Inlays

Decorative Woodworking Patterns of Architectural Millwork & Custom Moulding

Fine Woodworking Patterns for the Skilled Woodworker

Frank Lloyd Wright Homes – CarpentryVideo

Front Doors of Florence Italy

Santa Maria del Fiore…Duomo Cathedral of Florence, Italy

Woodworking Ideas & Patterns from Santa Maria del Fiore Duomo

Articles…Segmented woodturning - Wood lathe - new to woodworking - woodworking ideas

Band Saw Woodworking Safety Tips

How Venice Italy was Built on a Foundation of Wood

Miraculous Staircase – Carpentry and WoodworkingVideo

Steve’s Woodworking Shop Tour

The Practice of Woodworking

Wood Veneer Coffee Table by Vincenzo

Woodworking Skills…The Shape of Things to Come

Arts and Crafts…

Gustav Stickley…Father of the American Arts and Crafts MovementVideo

Custom Picture Frame with Hardwood Inlay

Crosscut Sleds…Band Saw Cross Cut Sleds - Bandsaw Crosscut sled - new to woodworking

A French Built Dedicated Miter Sled

Bandsaw Crosscut SledVideo

Building a Dedicated Miter Sled for the tablesawVideo

Dedicated Miter Sled…revisited

Let’s Build a Bandsaw Miter SledVideo

Let’s Build a Dedicated Dado Sled for the Table SawVideo

Let’s Make Picture Frames with the Dedicated Miter SledVideo

SketchUp of the Dedicated Miter Sled for the Tablesaw

Tilting Bandsaw Miter SledVideo

Inspiration…

James Krenov…Legendary Woodworker 1920-2009

Inspiration in Venice, Italy

 Remembering James KrenovVideo

Sam Maloof…woodworking interview…1982Video

Joinery…

Box Joint Fence for the Dado Crosscut SledSplined Mitre Joints - Picture Frame - Joiner - Joinery

Cutting Tenons on a Dado Crosscut SledVideo

How to Make Perfect Miter Joints

Let’s Make Spline Miter JointsVideo

Mastering the Miter JointVideo

The Splined Miter JointVideo

 

 ProjectsKoa Jewelry Box - Veneer - Veneering - wood veneer - wooden jewelry boxes

A Custom Bathroom Wall Cabinet with Raised Panel Doors

A Hand Dovetailed Black Walnut Jewelry Box

A Multidrawer Wall Cabinet for the Workshop

A Woodworking Drill Press Table

Double Bevel Marquetry…a Tulip of Various Woods

How to Make a Picture Frame – Top Woodworking TipsVideo 

Let’s Build a Drill Press TableVideo

Let’s Build a Jewelry Box…Part 1Video

Let’s Build a Jewelry Box…Part 2…Vacuum PressVideo

Let’s Build a Jewelry Box…Part 3Video

Let’s Build a Jewelry Box…Part 4Video

Let’s Build a Jewelry Box…Part 5…WoodturningVideo

Let’s Build a Jewelry Box…Part 6…JoineryVideo

Let’s Build a Magazine CaseVideo

Koa Wood for a Woodworking Project

Techniques…Cutting thin strips - Saw Techniques - Bandsaw Jig - Resaw Band saw

Band Saw Rip Fence made in the ShopVideo

Bandsaw Resawing Method…Article & Video

Creating Picture Frame MouldingVideo

Cutting Thin Strips on the Band SawVideo

Finish Work Methods for an Inlaid Picture FrameArticle & Video

How to adjust for Band Saw Blade DriftVideo

How to Create Dentil MouldingVideo

How to Cut Uniform Thin Strips

Woodworking Tip – The Power of the ShimVideo

Tools…Wooden picture frame - Ulmia Miter Clamps - Miter clamp - Mitre Clamps - Pinch Clamp

A Favorite Tool…The Wixey Digital Angle Gauge

Card Scraper for Wood Inlay Bandings

How to make Poorboy Parallel ClampsVideo

Poorboy Parallel Clamps…questions from a Woodworker

Precision Woodworking Tools…using a Caliper

Sliding Bevel Gauge – Woodworking Layout Tool

The 5 Most Important Power Tools in my Woodworking Shop

Try Anti-Fatigue Mats…your feet will thank you!

Ulmia Miter Clamps and Pinch Clamps

Using Push Sticks for Safe WoodworkingArticle & Video

Zero Clearance Table Saw Inserts

Wood Inlay…Wood Inlay Bandings - How to make Wood Inlays - Making Inlay Banding - Decorative Wood Inlay

A Sicilian Walnut Table with Decorative Wood Inlay Banding

A Step by Step Process…A Banding with Checkers

A Study of Creating Wood Inlay Bandings

Buffard Freres…The 1926 Wood Inlay Banding Catalog

 Buffard Freres wood inlay bandings…1134-1141

Checkered Wood Inlay Bandings

Creating bandings for wood inlayVideo

Creating your own Wood Inlay Bandings…The Secrets Revealed

Hardwood Inlays made in the Woodworking Shop

How to create Barber Pole Wood Inlay Banding

How to Glue Wood Inlay BandingArticle & Video

How to install Wood InlayVideo

How to make Bandings for Wood Inlay…Part 1

How to make Bandings for Wood Inlay…Part 2

How to Make Designs in Wood InlayArticle & Video

How to Make Picture Frames with Wood Inlay

Learn How to Make Wood Inlay BandingsVideo

Let’s Install Wood Inlay BandingsVideo

Making Wood Inlay on the BandsawVideo

Ripping Thin Strips of Wood Inlay on the Band SawVideo

The Art of Wood Inlay BandingArticle

Wolf’s Tooth…a Decorative Wood Inlay Banding

Wolf’s Tooth Banding…a Two for One

Wooden Patterns for ParquetryArticle & Video

Wood Inlay Banding – How to Make Barber Pole BandingVideo

Wood Inlay Banding – How to Make the Square Pattern…Video

Wood Inlay…the Bandings are readyVideo

Wood Inlay…Making a Statement

Wood Patterns for Inlay BandingsArticle & Video

 Woodturning…Salt and Pepper mills - Wood Turning - Woodturning Projects - Wood Lathe - Woodturner

 Creating and Turning Salt and Peppermills

A fascinating woodturning process

Let’s Turn Salt and Pepper MillsVideo

 Wood turning tools used for the Salt and Pepper Mills

 

 …Segmented Wood Turning…Segmented Woodturning - Segmented Bowl Turning - Segmented woodturners - Segmented woodturning videos

 A Salad Bowl set of maple & walnut…part 1

A Salad Bowl set of maple & walnut…part 2

Finishing the Segmented Vase of walnut & mapleVideo

Gluing and Aligning wood rings for Segmented Turnings

Mortising the base of the segmented vaseVideo

9 1/2″ x 12″ Vase…Segmented Woodturning

Organizing the segments and rings

Segmented Vase 9″ x 12″…Mahogany, maple, cherry, & walnut

 Segmented Vase…maple & walnut

Segmented vase of maple, mahogany, and walnut

Segmented Wood Turning…a Cherry and Walnut Bowl

Staved Segmented Woodturning…a Fruit Bowl

The Process of Segmented Woodturning

Turning a Segmented Vase on a Wood Lathe

Woodturning…A Segmented Vase of Walnut and Maple

Woodturning…Dinner Salad Bowls of Mahogany and Walnut

Woodturning… video of the 9″ x 12″ Segmented VaseVideo

Wood Turn a Segmented Knob on a Wood Lathe…Video

Wood Turning…a Segmented Fruit Bowl…part 1Video

 Wood Turning…a Segmented Fruit Bowl…part 2Video

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Woodworking Power Tools


Frank Lloyd Wright Homes – Carpentry

Frank Lloyd Wright homes offer unique architectural designs. It is widely accepted that this architect was a genius and far ahead of his time. In this article we are going to focus on Wright’s design of the interiors of a few homes that feature woodworking, finish carpentry, and wooden furniture.

Frank Lloyd Wright Homes

Frank Lloyd Wright Homes - Dana Thomas House interior The  Dana Thomas House is located in Springfield, Illinois. This house is the best preserved and most complete of the Frank Lloyd Wright homes which are known as the early Prairie houses. The structure for this property has changed little since its construction in 1902-04 for the Springfield socialite and women’s activist Susan Lawrence Dana.

For a woodworker it must have been a joy to work on Frank Lloyd Wright homes. In this photo, the wood trim is an important element in the overall design of the room. Most likely, woodworkers at the planing mill prepared various wood members such as the ceiling hoops and side braces. These craftsmen would also prepare the arched wooden beams that are on each side of the room. The casement windows would be made at the planing mill as well the wooden fixtures in front of semi-circular window at the end of the room. When delivered to the jobsite, the finish carpenters would then secure them in place.

Master carpenters on the job site would receive the woodwork prepared by the planing mill.  Then it was up to these finish carpenters to cut,  fit , and assemble the trim members into their required positions.

The furniture in the Frank Lloyd Wright homes were designed by the architect. Here, we can see evidence of Wight’s influence on the arts and crafts movement.

 

 

Interior, Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House, Chicago - Frank Lloyd Wright HomesThe Robie House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1908 and was completed in 1910. It is considered one of the most important buildings in American architecture and is a masterpiece. It is an example of the Frank Lloyd Wright homes designed in the Prairie style. The Robie House is located on the campus of the University of Chicago.


The domed ceiling in this room of the Robie  House features architectural members of semi-circular wood trim installed by finish carpenters. These woodworkers also fit the curved wood casing into the ceiling for the room’s overhead light source. Cabinetmakers also had a hand with Frank Lloyd Wright homes. Notice the cabinets on each side of the fireplace that have a wood shelf that unites them to form a mantle. Visually, it appears that the combination of the cabinets and shelf are supporting the center arch design at the end wall.

Rosenbaum House interior 3...Florence Alabama - Frank Lloyd Wright Homes

Rosenbaum House interior 2...Florence Alabama - Frank Lloyd Wright Homes

The Rosenbaum House was built in 1939 for Stanley and Mildred Rosenbaum of Florence, Alabama. The architectural style of this home is known as Usonian. These Frank Lloyd Wright homes were offered as low cost homes to middle income families. Additions to the Usonian homes could simply be added on as the family grew.

As we observe the genius of Wright’s designs, it is also important to look at the skill level and craftsmanship of the workers who carried out the architect’s plan. When considering the time period that these homes were built, what woodworking tools do you think were available to the carpenter, cabinetmaker, or furniture maker?

Custom Inlay Designs for Arts and Crafts Woodworking

“Some old things are lovely, warm still with life … of the forgotten men who made them.”
D.H. Lawrence…(1885-1930) English novelist, poet, essayist.

Custom Inlay Designs for Arts and Crafts Woodworking

Custom Inlay Designs

Custom inlay designs are found throughout the facade of the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral (Duomo) in Florence, Italy. As a woodworker who enjoys creating various forms of wood inlay, I felt the urgency to capture the custom inlay designs that this spectacular church offers. The photograph clearly reveals a well thought out and  beautifully balanced marble inlay pattern.  The contrasting marble colors and varying geometric shapes invite one eye’s to pan across the design to understand the simple complexities of this elegant inlay border. As a trained woodworker, I find myself also listening to the thoughts of the skilled craftsmen who created these custom inlay designs back in the 1870’s. Perhaps these artisans were somehow inspired by other men such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo who had lived in Florence centuries ago.

Custom inlay designs such as this example reveal years of training and experience. As much as I enjoy the finished product, I would have loved to have witnessed seeing the various colors of marble as they were pulled from their quarries. Moreover, it would have been a joy to see how the apprentices worked alongside the journeyman while learning the craft. One can only imagine how the individual pieces of inlay were cut and fit. As we can see in the photo, all inlays were cut precisely for perfectly tight fitting joints.

 

Arts and Crafts Woodworking

Arts and crafts woodworking draws from countless ideas and influences from the past. For example, we can see how a woodworker named Gustav Stickley was influenced by the British arts and crafts movement while he visited England. It was this exposure to the English crafts movement that fired Stickley’s imagination. Obviously, we as woodworkers draw inspirations and influences from woodworking magazines, woodworking forums, and numerous books on the craft. However, if we keep our eyes and ears open as Gustav Stickley did, we can find woodworking ideas and inspirations where we least expect it.

Custom inlay designs on the facade of the Santa Maria del Fiore send a convincing message of pride in craftsmanship. Decorative inlays such as this example take plenty of time and patience. Yet it requires more than that to do a job like this well. It takes love of the craft. It is more than likely that the best marble inlay craftsmen in Florence were working on this project. Keep in mind that this is the face of the Cathedral and at eye level where every detail can be viewed and appreciated well beyond the lifetime of the craftsman.

Arts and Crafts woodworking in my shop takes on a new meaning after visiting Italy. My thoughts and ideas for wood inlay have shed their old limitations. I now look forward with enthusiasm to creating new hardwood inlays based upon the custom inlay designs from the Santa Maria del Fiore Duomo. Without a doubt, I’ll be listening for inlay advice from the men who worked the craft from years gone by.

Recommended Videos:

Let’s install Wood Inlay Bandings
Ripping Thin Strips of Wood Inlay on the Band Saw
Making Wood Inlay on the Bandsaw
Let’s Build a Bandsaw Miter Sled


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Gustav Stickley…Father of the American Arts and Crafts Movement

Gustav Stickley

 

“Make life better and truer by its perfect simplicity.”
Gustav Stickley (March 9, 1858-April 21, 1942) Manufacturer of furniture, leader for the American Arts and Crafts Movement

Who was Gustav Stickley?

 

Gustav Stickley, Father of the American Arts and Crafts movement

Who was Gustav Stickley and where was he from? What were his influences that led him into the Arts and Crafts movement? How did his business become so successful? What caused his business to file for bankruptcy? This video and article will shed some light on Gustav Stickley, Father of the American Arts and Crafts Movement.

Gustav Stickley (1858)-1942) started his furniture company in upstate New York in 1898. His company was known as the Gustav Stickley Company – Craftsman Workshops. Business took off and the company became very successful as retail stores in New York, Boston, and Washington DC sold his furniture. Stickley was heavily influenced by the British Arts and Crafts movement, however he advocated the creation of a distinctive style for America that embodied craftsman furnishings, architecture, handicrafts, and the principles of a harmonious lifestyle. Gustav wanted to “make life better and truer by its perfect simplicity.” This can be seen in the designs of his furnishings.

Arts and Crafts magazine, The Craftsman by Gustav Stickley

Interior view of a Stickley Craftsman home.

Morris chair by Gustav Stickley

Gustav Stickley & The Craftsman Magazine 

 

Stickley started The Craftsman magazine that was published from (1903-1918) and it was in this monthly journal that plans for “Craftsman” houses were sold. However, interior illustrations of these homes provided a view inside the residence as well as a place for where the furnishings of Stickley furniture for the house could be displayed. This was a brilliant form of offering the “Craftsman” lifestyle and it was a great way to advertise the Stickley arts and crafts products available for sale.

Much of what Stickley did was driven by commercial impulses. However, his offerings taught and inspired many artisans, designers, and architects. His message and philosophy continues impact those who aspire to a simpler way of life.

Find Arts and Crafts Plans and Books

Videos and Articles of Legendary Woodworkers:
Sam Maloof…Woodworking interview…1982

Remembering James Krenov
James Krenov…Legendary Woodworker 1920-2009

The Apprentice and The Journeyman University

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