Keeping busy through the summer

June went by in a flash and I realised I hadn’t written anything here all month. It’s mowing season so a lot of my time at the moment is taken up with scythes – find out about it on Scytherspace, my mowing blog.

In between that though, there has been time for some making. At the start of the month I was hired by Charlie Whinney to make a set of his steam-bent chairs for Brantwood House. It was four very busy days working with table saw, thickness and a host of other power tools on dry wood – quite a change from my usual quiet chairmaking days on the shavehorse.

chairmaking Chairs for Charlie Whinney

I’ve also been making some rakes, refining my techniques, making tools and researching designs ready for a wooden rake course I’m running in September. I’m hoping to visit a couple of museums later this week, on my way up to teach scything in Inverness, so I can measure the rakes in their collection and add a Scottish pattern to my repertoire.
Drilling a rake head

And finally I got round to making a leather sheath for my firmer chisel. It’s a lovely socketed chisel but too big to go in the roll with the other chisels so now it can live safely in my tool box or on my belt and will hopefully become an everyday workhorse tool.
Chisel sheath

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About Steve Tomlin

I am a greenwood worker and scythe teacher. I carve spoons and bowls, make chairs and more from locally sourced greenwood. Alongside that I teach folk how to mow with a scythe.
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2 Responses to Keeping busy through the summer

  1. bawrytr says:

    Hi Steve

    I was looking at your blog this afternoon, and was wondering how you deal with humidity in an old stone shop like that. I live in the Touraine in France and we bought an old house last fall and I am putting my shop in the barn, 17th century limestone and rubblestone walls. Last winter the humidity in the barn was intense. I had oak planks planed down, and brought them into the house to dry out a bit so I could glue them up because they had obviously picked up a lot of moisture. They checked all over the place once I had them inside. These were kiln-dried, and I understand you mostly work green wood, but I was wondering if you find this kind of thing an issue, and if so what do you do about it? I was planning to just build out a stud room inside the old stone and leave ventilation all around, floor and walls and let the air vent up into the attic, which is perhaps too well ventilated…

    There is a cement floor in the shop, and no obvious source of water, leaks, springs, damp spots on the walls…

    There are a couple of photos on my blog

    http://essencedebois.wordpress.com/

    cheers, Brian

    • Steve Tomlin says:

      Hi Brian,
      Neither of those two workshops pictured are mine but spaces in other people’s buildings that I am allowed to use. All my woodwork is with green wood so stuff picking up moisture from the air isn’t a problem. Usually for me it’s the other way round and I’m careful of things drying too quickly but even that’s only an issue with big pieces like carved bowls.
      Sorry I can’t be more help.
      Steve

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