Country Workshops is in the process of closing down. Our summer tutorials are fully enrolled. At the CW Store, all tools are now sold out. We still have a full selection of books and DVDs. We are keeping our web site intact, as an archive and resource.
Our friends Kenneth and Angela Kortemeier are starting the Maine Coast Craft School. They are offering courses similar to Country Workshops' classes, and their store will offer a similar selection from the same makers.
Private Tutorials with Drew Langsner. Drew will be offering privately arranged tutorials limited to 1-2 students. Possibilities include: carving bowls and spoons, ladderback, and rustic Windsor chair making. 1-5 days. The dates are mutually decided, beginning spring 2018. Drew is also open to teaching at other venues when the circumstances are particularly interesting. Email if you have a proposal or question. Website: DrewLangsner.com
Drew Langsner’s GREEN WOODWORKING
An author’s reprint edition Green Woodworking is now in print. Rodale Press originally published this title in 1987. In 1995 Lark Books published a revised edition. Corrections were made, and the text was brought up to date. The new author’s reprint is the same as the Lark version, except for the covers. Contents include chapters on materials, knife-work, hewing, riving, shaving, boring, bending, and joinery. Each chapter concludes with a project that showcases the chapter subject and techniques. There is an appendix on making a Swiss-German style shaving horse, and another on hickory bark seating.
Drew Langsner’s classic text, The Chairmaker’s Workshop was originally published in 1997 by Lark Books. Written to serve as both an introduction and working reference for anyone interested in making both post-and-rung and Windsor chairs.
Part III. Scaled plans and notes for making 8 other post-and-rung chairs and Windsors, including a post-and-rung rocking chair, 4 classic American Windsors, and a double hoop English Windsor.
Part IV. Making a shaving horse, a chairmaker’s workbench, a spring pole lathe, and several options for constructing a small drying kiln. Plus a chapter on designing a chair, with 4 pages of tables for calculating sighting and resultant angles for boring legs and spindles on Windsor chairs.
The book also includes a chairmaker’s glossary and an annotated bibliography. Over 300 drawings, and more than 200 photographs. With an Introduction by Welsh chairmaker, John Brown. Softbound, 304 pages.
All books purchased from Country Workshops come with an author's autograph.
CHAIR AND SHAVING HORSE PLANS
Note: DL-06 and DL-07 plans are design copyrighted © by Drew Langsner. Purchase constitutes a license to make one reproduction for personal use or as a gift. For all other purposes, purchaser agrees to contact Drew Langsner (at Country Workshops) for details regarding royalty arrangements.
OUR SHAVING HORSE, which we call a “shaving mule” can be purchased ready-made from us, or you can make your own. The Shaving Mule Plans Pack consists of ten 8-1/2 x 11” pages of detailed drawing and instructions.
THE SPOON, THE BOWL AND THE KNIFE A Documentary about the Swedish craftsman Wille Sundqvist. Wille’s son Jögge has produced this new video with help from a Kick Starter fund drive, CW and the Swedish Cultural Ministry. There are segments on growing up in the old Swedish rural culture, and a little on Wille’s love for turning bowls. But the program is mainly instructional. Here’s a chance to see how Wille carves a spoon, based on skills with a carving axe, knife and a gouge. Wille shows his spoon carving knife grasps, sharpening, and engraved surface decoration. This is also a chance to get a glimpse of what northern rural Sweden looks like it’s quite special. Recorded in 2013 when Wille was 87 and still carving almost every day. With English subtitles.
The 17TH Century -- Now on DVD
CARVING WOODEN SPOONS with PETER FOLLANSBEE. Peter has also been carving bowls and
MAKE A CHAIR FROM A TREE. J. Alexander has produced this 2 hour video which shows how he makes a post-and-rung chair. Every step is carefully shown and explained, from splitting an oak log to weaving a Shaker tape seat.
Carving Swedish Woodenware. This instructional video clearly shows how Jögge carves a serving spoon and a large bowl. Stock for the spoon was a rhododendron limb with a nice natural curvature. The bowl came from a split tulip poplar log blank. It was carved with the traditional pith up/bark down orientation.