North Bennet street school- My journey #11: To watch a master..full blog!

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Blog entry by ELCfinefurniture posted 02-22-2012 10:26 PM 2191 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Crazy hand planing Part 11 of North Bennet street school- My journey series Part 12: Long week »

Today was not a typical day at nbss. Phil Lowe came and gave a 2 hour PowerPoint demo of the history of his work with over 200 hundred personal photos of his work and processes over the years. The scary part is that was the the latter of the 2 most exciting things today. Phil brought along a French master upholsterer with 50 years under his belt and he upholstered a Sheraton style aide chair made by a student. We watched him work for over 4 hours. Hi skill, speed and calm were incredible. He used 100% traditional methods with things such as pure horse hair for stuffing and a layer of pure Cotten. He was incredibly past, using his magnetic tipped brass tack hammers to pull tacks that he stores in his mouth from his lips. A one handed hammering operation allowing him to work the fabric with his other hand. On top of his mastery and ease to watch he was the sweetest and kindest man you could ever meet. 
Phils presentation was wonderful as well, showing all his different projects and the type of different work that e does. He showed us some masterfull carvings he has done and they wowed me. He as well is a very kind and humorous man who love to give you encouragment and inspire you. He said to me and another class mate the most true words you could say “just keep on building”. 
I did well today also, flattened a second board and got it at 7/8s. Needless to say I am happy with that result. Time will tell overnight if it stays flat! Please….there has to be a mountain of questions so please. Fire away! Get in contact with me on twitter to! Supercoopman also please go to the word press blog and look at all the photos!

-- {Current North Bennet street school student}

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#1 posted 02-23-2012 03:19 AM

Wow that sounds fantastic. A few years ago I read an article in FWW that asked a whole lot of famous woodworkers who they thought was the best woodworker and Phil Lowe was selected by 100% of the very talented woodworkers that voted. That to me speaks volumes as to how talented he is.
Enjoy the class it has to be great.

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#2 posted 02-23-2012 04:11 AM

I do check out your wordpress blog, but I still can not comment from my laptop. Trying to comment on my phone ia PITA! Just know that I am following!

It must have been amazing to watch a mater at work! That is a great opportunity, to pick up little tricks and skills, that you would have never been exposed to. Lucky you!

I flattened a board today…..I was trying to cut a curve!!

Keep posting & I’ll keep reading!!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 02-23-2012 09:33 AM

Thanks for sharing your day in class with us.
Sounds like you are learning alot of great woodworking techniques.
What a privilege to learn from those guest masters, I bet it was an impressive presentation.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#4 posted 02-23-2012 10:03 AM

Thanks for al the great comments guys.
I never saw that Jim but I certainly believe it. Some of the pieces he showed and the processes he used were mind blowing. He also talked a bit about his solution to uncommon problems and those as well were wonderful. Some people are just gifted.

-- {Current North Bennet street school student}

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#5 posted 02-23-2012 12:15 PM

Sounds like you are having a fantastic time and are learning a lot at the same time. Good show.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 02-23-2012 08:10 PM

Thanks for posting it here! Must have been cool to see a master like that at work.

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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#7 posted 02-24-2012 05:38 AM

thanks for the blog,hope you stay posting on this site

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