The rebuilding of the spire and transom of the Notre-Dame must be the biggest carpentry project in the world at the moment.
It must be several 100 years since the manual hewing and assembling of a wooden structure on this magnitude was last done
From the acquiring of 1260 old growth Oaks in France to the assembling of teams of skilled carpenters from around the world, it is a momentous task.
If your random viewing has not yet drifted into this area it is worth a looking at a few of the videos.
These are links to just a few of the many available on Youtube
BAWA Member Neal White
Neal mentioned that he shares a 9000 square foot shop in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
It is part of a guild that has 900 members, 250 of them are active, and 150 are very active.
He recommended the book by Matt Kenney: The Art of Kumiko
A strip of Basewood ready to cut
Block for cutting the strips
Neal uses northern Basswood for his Kumiko. Port Orford Cedar and Poplar can also be used.
He sourced the Basswood from Chipping Away (www.chippingaway.com) Heinecke (www.heineckewood.com) is another good source
He cuts it to size on a band saw and smooths it with a plane... ending up with 1/8" thick pieces.
He uses a story stick to reference half lap cuts in the frame pieces. Based on dimensions from the book, he made fixtures for cutting the angles on the ends of the pieces, but decided to make wider fixtures to better guide his chisel.
Hard Maple and Baltic Birch ply are used for the fixtures.
He does glue his pieces together after they have been fitted into the panel.
He removes individual pieces, applies glue and reinstalls the pieces.
Not everyone glues the pieces, as they are self-holding if made correctly.
He recommends using a glue that dries clear, such as Elmer's or Titebond Original Wood Glue.
Neal does not put a finish on his Kumiko panels.
The piece he is working on will go on a window above a door, so it does not have to have perfect joints - no-one will see slight mismatching angles on the ends of the individual pieces.
The length of each piece is critical to proper fit.
Burt showed the hand cut dovetail box he made at the class
BAWA put on at the Palo Alto Adult School in July.
Laura showed the two inlaid name tags she made after admiring the one that Jamie wears to all the meetings.
She also showed off the leather stitching pony she made from an old hand screw clamp
Paul brought in his night stand.
He mentioned that it is his design and he is quite proud of it. It looks gorgeous.
He used 1/4 sawn White Oak and hand cut through mortises.
It has tapered legs and a lower shelf with shop sawn veneer over plywood.
He sanded to 220 grit and finished with water based dye and then oil based stain
and finally 3 coats of oil/poly blend.
The dye makes the grain pop. The top is held by Z-clips.
The arches at the bottom of the drawer frame
and lower shelf were made with a MDF pattern.