JANUARY 2009 NEWSLETTER

DOWN ECONOMY TUTORIAL TUITION DISCOUNTS
Save 15-20% Now

At this time of year our winter tutorials are usually almost fully enrolled.  Because of the recession economy, some of our winter courses are currently under-enrolled. These tutorials are limited to just 4 students. Tuition includes materials, use of specialized tools, a private room, and special meals  prepared by Louise Langsner.  Drew Langsner is the instructor. Tuition discounts are now available for these select courses:

Dates Course Name Standard Tuition Discount Tuition
Jan 22 - 27 Rustic Windsor Chairmaking $975.00 $828.75
Feb 9 - 13 Carving Bowls and Spoons $950.00 $807.50
March 9 - 13 American Windsor Chairmaking $975.00 $828.75
Mar 30 - Apr 3 Rustic Windsor Chairmaking $975.00 $828.75

As a further incentive ... If you register for 2 or more of these tutorials, or recruit a friend to register with you, we will deduct an additional 5% from the standard tuition for each enrollment. Also, to make things easier, the deposit for these tutorials has been reduced to $250, with the tuition balance due 4 weeks before the course begins. Please note: The minimum enrollment to run each listed tutorial at the discount tuition is 2 registrations. Our cancellation policy, found on the Country Workshops Web site applies.

To sign-up, or ask any questions, e-mail us or phone 828 656 2280.


2009 Winter/Spring Class Calendar
January 26-30: Rustic Windsor Chairmaking  – On Sale Now
February 9-15: Carving Bowls and Spoons – On Sale Now
February 23-27: Ladderback Chairmaking  – 1 Opening
March 9-13: Windsor Chairmaking  – 2 Openings; On Sale Now
March 30-April 3: Rustic Windsor Chairmaking – 2 Openings; On Sale Now
April 18-19: Willow Basketry Weekend with Louise Langsner
Spotlight on a Country Workshops Tutorial Student

In a recent phone conversation, John Anderson told us that he has a habit of accumulating unfinished projects. After taking the January 12-16 American Windsor Tutorial John arranged  to stay over for a day of private instruction  with Drew to finish his continuous arm Windsor. Drew and John worked together on the challenging compound angle tapered mortises for the turned “arm stumps” so that the bow would be supported in place for boring the remaining spindle mortises. To do this they used the sight line and resultant angle method as descried in Drew’s book, The Chairmaker’s Workshop. They also found time to make an improved version of the continuous arm Windsor bow bending form, which John took home to his shop near Minneapolis. Previously John took part in two of our international craft tours – Sweden and Great Britain.

Private instruction with Drew can be arranged for 1 to 5 day sessions. Specialty tools are provided. The fee includes your private room  and great food from Louise’s kitchen. Contact us for details by phone (828 656 2280) or e- mail.

New from the Country Workshops Store

Our selection of Hans Karlsson bent paring gouges. Left to right: HK-06 30mm wide, #55 sweep; the new  HK-32 35mm,  #90 sweep; HK-07 45mm, #150 sweep.

During the past few months of bowl carving Drew has been evaluating our line of Hans Karlsson paring gouges.  He decided that we could use a new bent gouge sized in width and sweep between our long-time favorites, numbers HK-06 and HK-07. Our new HK-32 fills this need very nicely. It is now in stock, priced at $80.00. In the next few months we will also add a new straight gouge with the same width and sweep. This will be HK-33, also $80.00. We will be discontinuing our HK-05 straight gouge, which is close to redundant in the new selection.


Master Class Tip
Sharpening Curved or Bowed Edge Tools

Those of us who enjoy carving and/or working green wood often find that we are using tools that don’t have a straight cutting edge. These tools can be curved (as seen from above), bowed (as when viewed looking directly into the edge) or sometimes both curved and bowed. Conventional sharpening, where you work the abrasives perpendicular to the edge, is ineffective with these tools (unless you have access to specialized radius matrix abrasives for every configuration.) Curved blade tools include:  many carving knives, most axes, some drawknives. Bowed blade tools include: all gouges, hollowing adzes, some drawknives.

The main trick in sharpening these tools is to work your abrasives along the length of the edge rather than in a perpendicular direction like you would do with flat, straight blades (like most plane blades and chisels). The side of the cutting edge that contacts the wood (usually the bevel) should be kept or made flat. You can have the abrasives stationary (on a workbench or in a vise) working the tools from side to side. But sometimes it’s easier to secure the tool in a vise, and then work the abrasives from side to side over the length of the cutting edge.  In either case, it’s always fastest to use a full range of abrasives, rather than skipping from coarse to polishing in just 2 steps.


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