Windsor Chairs

well if that don’t beat all… I was trying to tell someone about what a Windsor Chair was, because I’m always telling people that I make Windsor Chairs. Only to find that I don’t actually have any pictures of the chairs that I have made!

Well let me correct this little omission!

here is a Sack Back Windsor that I made:


and here’s a Continuous arm chair:


And a Windsor style stool:


or two, my shop stool:


I also made the harp, for my mother.

be well



shaving horse pt 2

Just an update: this is what I ended up with doing for my shaving horse re-build, there is hardly anything left of the original.


you can see all that I re-used is the head and lever. it’s also a little bit longer than the old one… we’ll see if that’s useful or if it’ll need to be shortened. Nearly 30 years on the old one isn’t exactly a short span for a wooden tool that gets left outside. If this one lasts as long I’ll never need another.

count your fingers


Bee extraction.

Went up to Cortland, NY to remove bees from my mother’s house. Set up post jacks, where it looked like the bees would be….. immediately had to go around the corner with a ladder. remove the soffit from the overhang.

Someone was living here before…


a wad of wasp nest and fiberglass insulation.

3 hours later… 3 hours of standing on top of a shaky old stepladder  and running a sawsall blind…. up over my head! This is what I had to show for my exhaustion:

yup the bees are behind what I thought was a bit of blocking I couldn’t budge.

Day 2, Plan B: go in through the 2 x 10:

Oh yeah there they are!

Plan B works exactly as I expected plan A to work. I cut and reassemble comb, and vacuum up bees in my version of a bee vac. (for anyone who does not know a “bee vac” is a device you attach to a shop vac to capture the bees ALIVE in.


there’s the sucked up bees, the white stripe is a gate that will be opened to reunite them with the brood once everything is put up together. a lot of bees end up travelling into the other hive body with the brood. I couldn’t get a picture because I didn’t want honey all over my camera.

a bit of good clean comb for me!


here’s the site of the devastation… WTF I thought the joists went the other way!! I could see that from the hole in the soffit!

you can see the cut I made yesterday on the right!

So next I scrape that all mostly clean and wipe up/scoop up most of the spilled honey, and fill it with Great Stuff ™ so that no one else can move in. then close all of the entry points and fill them with more foam.

Now It’s up to my Brother to replace the siding so that I can get my post jacks back.

and I get to have some fresh honey!


Bee well 😉

count your bee stings.. I mean fingers…


How to Use a Scratch Stock

Hi all;

So if you read my post on “how to make a” It occurred to me just after writing it that there may be someone at some time who thinks “yeah, OK, but what’s it good for?” or “How do I use it?”

well, “What’s it good for” is making moldings without using a screaming router and without spending an arm and a leg on a hundred different molding planes. Also: with a scratch stock you can make a molding that starts and stops.. something you cannot do with a molding plane and has limited molding styles for a router.

Cautionary note.. it does not work as fast as a router or a molding plane. but it does work!

here’s a sketch to name the parts of one so that If I say “body” you will not be wondering what that means… etc

scatch stocks 10

And here are a couple of mine to show a few profiles that I use…



So the guide face runs on the edge of your work. You hold the body and the bar in your hands/fingers. The bar never needs to touch the work. The blade should be sticking out a little more than the depth you want to go to. You stop when you think you are deep enough.

the tool is worked forwards and back with two hands, I can’t take a picture without using one hand 😉


So: a nice bead anywhere you want it, start and stop anywhere you want it. Use as is or carve into peas, or any of the bead based carvings. And the shape of the scratch blade can be anything!

be well, have fun.