inspirations of box building #1: looking to up your game?

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Blog entry by dclark posted 04-08-2020 05:58 PM 322 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello Lumberjocks, It’s been a long time since I last posted, and so I thought I should re-engage with this talented group of artisans. Several years ago I met Patrick Edwards of the American School of French Marquetry and got involved building the Chevalet kit for Students of Marquetry – and I’ve been busy with that ever since. Prior to that however, I was building boxes of all sorts and found many Lumberjocks were into making boxes as well – we’ve all seen their posts and enjoyed perusing their talent. One fellow I met through Lumberjocks was Roger Bean, Who had attended a one on one session with Andrew Crawford in the UK. Rogers experience influenced me to attend a session with Andrew. that week was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I found new friends, enjoyed a beautiful and tranquil environment and was led along a detailed building process ending with a beautiful (and now treasured) box. The class was filled with “Ah Ha” moments and a treasure trove of “how to”. Upon returning home, my life has been consumed with working on Chevalets, from building a website, to instruction manuals, to learning how to program a CNC, developing a shop manual and building them. I often reflect on that trip to the UK and think about doing it again, but the time and cost make it just a reflection.
This week I received Andrews newsletter and discovered like all the rest of us, Covid 19 has stopped his class’s too. In an effort to keep teaching, he is offering specialized sessions using “Zoom” So how cool is that_ being able to attend a class without leaving the comfort of your own home! For me, It means I can take sessions beyond what we covered in the week long session. For others it offers a 90 minute class in specialized areas, such as box construction, lining, hardware, veneering, french polishing making banding and more! These are not video session, but live sessions enabling questions and discourse. I found his tutoring to be pretty inspirational, and I know from a lifetime of woodworking we always look to improve our game. And I know that much of what I’ve learned in building either boxes or Chevalets, transitions to every part my woodworking. So if you are looking to up your game, I sure would recommend taking a peek at his offering: Right now, in the spirit of social distancing, I’m off to the shop to finish another chevalet – and if you are curious about the chevy visit
Until next time, stay safe!

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