French-Speaking Stuff

My shop is currently beyond my reach. Real life interfered, and I’ve been traveling back and forth between Dallas and San Francisco every week, with no time in between to do much besides laundry. (I miss my wife, I miss my dogs, I miss my shop, I miss my car… Woe Is Ross.)

But there are worse places to travel to on the planet than San Francisco… especially when it has incredibly cool places like the Musee Mechanique, on Fisherman’s Wharf. It has an incredible collection of antique arcade machines and games. One caught my eye when I walked in the door, because of its faux pegged through tenons. I’ve seen faux through tenons before, but nothing like these. (Sorry about the fuzzy iPhone photos.)

Meanwhile, my shop work has to be vicarious. There are a lot of terrific woodworking (particularly hand tool woodworking) blogs, and one of the best has to be Kari Hultman’s The Village Carpenter. If you’re not reading it, you should be. When you’re done here, go there.

In fact, she’s forcing me to break a rule… I normally don’t re-blog other people’s posts, but this one is just too incredibly cool to pass up. It’s a french woodworking video from 1912. It’s fascinating, and it shows that the really, really good stuff never changes much.

Pity me while I miss my shop. Wah.

Ross Henton

3 comments on “French-Speaking Stuff

  1. Steve says:

    Woe is you for no shop time, but, if you send me an email, I might let you in on some of my lumber sources out near there. It’s amazing how much lumber you can bring back as a checked bag! And the prices and quality when you’re buying direct from a small mill are GREAT!

  2. re-blog the site for It’s an incredible video of handwork. My french sucks but I did manage to view a couple of other videos on pattern makers and metal workers. It amazes how easy they make it look to do what they are doing.
    Hopefully you’ll get some shop time before the new year comes.

  3. Thanks for the kudos, Ross! Hope you get some shop time soon. If I’m away from my shop for too long, I get rather grumpy. Like grinch-grumpy.

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