Episode 3 - Hand Planes and Design Challenges


My Fundamentals class at Red Rocks has been going great for the last several weeks. In this episode I do a quick recap of the last 3 classes and highlight a fun session we had with hand planes. I also discuss the challenges I'm facing as I try to design my semester project, an original table that I design and build. I mention a few of my design influences outside of woodworking: Steve McQueen and his Ferrari and the Triumph Bonneville motorcycle.

Some newly discovered woodworking influences have gotten my creative juices flowing: The Red and Blue Chair, the Noguchi coffeetable, the work of George Nakashima, Tage Frid his three-legged stool, and perhaps my biggest immediate design influence, the rocking chairs of Sam Maloof.

I've also posted a Flickr photo gallery with photos of the shop at Red Rocks, as well as some links to the web pages from several Red Rocks Fine Woodworking instructors. And, I hope you'll take the survey to the left as to which hand plane I should get as my next tool purchase.

Thanks for listening!


Mike Lingenfelter said...
September 24, 2007 at 6:13 PM  

Another nice episode. I found out that there is a Community College here in Seattle that offers a couple night time woodworking classes. I've asked them for more information. It would nice to take class locally, instead of traveling and using my vacation time. Although it would be one nice vacation :).

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