Green Woodworking: Shortening the learning curve

Making a Firewood Carrier

with Peter Galbert

From Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

While I’m building shop apparatus like bowl mules, spoon mules, benches,  and learning how to sharpen the tools necessary for my adventures in green woodworking to move forward I am spending a bit of quality time with green woodworking books, youtube video, and DVD tutorials to help shorten my learning curve and to help me understand how and why I’m doing what I’m doing and that I’m using the right material for the job.

I’m interested mostly in making furniture (Welsh stick chairs, Windsor chairs, post and rung chairs and stools) as well as items like pitchforks and rakes with some spoons and carved bowls thrown in. So when I came across a Lie-Nielsen educational video by Peter Galbert show you how to make a green wood split, shaped and bent firewood carrier I jumped at the chance to learn from this Windsor chairmaker.

Making a Firewood Carrier

Link to the DVD

The DVD is 90 minutes long for about $33.00 dollars including shipping.

The instructor walks you through each step of the process starting with the types of trees that would be used for this type of project. Then he shows what to look for in the log and the splitting process to produce the necessary part for the firewood carrier. Then he brings the split material into the shop and starts refining it with a break and froe explaining what he’s looking for as he refines each piece of material. Once the splits are brought down to the rough size he brings them over to the shave horse and refines further with the drawknife and spokeshave.

With the parts brought into the final dimension, Peter starts talking about the steamer and steam bending the handle or bow of the firewood carrier. Then when the parts are bent and dried the mortises and assembly starts taking place and the carrier starts really taking shape.

Chapters in the DVD

  1. Introduction
  2. Working with green wood
  3. Concepts in Splitting
  4. Selecting the Right Species
  5. Splitting the log
  6. Splitting out the parts
  7. The Drawknife
  8. Tuning the Drawknife
  9. The Shave horse
  10. Shaving the Bow
  11. Dimensioning the Bow
  12. Steam Bending
  13. Sizing the Tenons
  14. The Mortises

I found the tutorial to be a great introduction to a lot of the processes that I will need to learn and put into practice while producing most of the products that I hope will come out of my green woodworking adventure. I’ve watched a number of green woodworking tutorial and the instructor usually touches on the subject of sharpening the tools used in the tutorial I always find the sharpening section lacking in depth. This might just be because I’m currently suffering through my poor attempts at learning the process of sharpening these tools. If your starting your own adventures in green woodworking this title would be a great place to start.

I hope 2019 brings you sharp tools and straight grain and I will see you on the next adventure in green woodworking.

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