Friday, 2 December 2016

How to “read a tree” with Matt Cremona and April Wilkerson

Many woodworkers actively seek out timber with interesting or decorative grain patterns for their work. For most of us that means a hunt through the slabs already cut in the timber yard to find the perfect piece to work with.  However for Triton Brand Champion, Matt Cremona searching for interesting figure in timber starts by understanding how trees grow and the forces at work to shape their internal structures.  In this film Matt talks to April Wilkerson about the process of reading a tree as it stands to understand the hidden treasures within.

Friday, 18 November 2016

In conversation with Matt Cremona

Matt Cremona is an emerging star from the rapidly-growing community of craft professionals who generate at least part of their income from sharing knowledge and skills online to encourage the next generation of woodworkers.


Where Matt differs from most however, is his unique enthusiasm and experience of taking his work all the way from milling his own locally-salvaged timber, to creating fine furniture and other projects. Matt shares his work via his weekly shop updates on his YouTube channel, his website, a very active Instagram account, and regular podcasts with fellow woodworkers.
Matt’s content features not only his own work and progress on current projects but also the work of others, who send him their own project details, as inspiration for the wider community.

In this short film, Matt talks about the motivation behind his career change from software engineer to professional woodworker and communicator. Matt is working with Triton, supporting our brand champion program, providing feedback for product development, and supporting Triton with personal appearances at major trade shows and exhibitions. 



Check out Matts great content on his website www.mattcremona.com and by subscribing to his channel onYouTube or follow daily progress on his projects on Instagram. 

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Woodworking Book Review; Good Clean Fun , Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop

(Dutton) 
By Nick Offerman


This friend is a proper woodworkers book. If you are deep into craft with many years of experience, you will appreciate the subtext of the writing and some of the fine details. If you have just been bitten by the woodworking bug and are still at the dreaming stage of setting up your shop, this will fire you up with enthusiasm to get on with it without delay.

Whats more, on days when you just cant get into the shop (does that actually ever happen?) this book will fill the void with tales of daring do and sawdust from some of the coolest woodworkers in America. Nicks style of writing is easy going and straight to the point with a satisfying seasoning of well-timed humour throughout.

After an initial and very readable introduction to essential tools and workshop set-up, there is a really good section on the properties of wood and how boards are cut. Doesnt sound like much, but if you are new to the ways of the saw; this is devilishly useful info when you want to sound convincing at the lumber yard.
  

Now the main event of this very readable volume is an introduction to a cast of fine woodworking folks who share an absolute passion for making stuff; and have crossed paths with Nick and his studio over time. Firstly, each of these twenty characters is introduced in a very readable preamble which gives you a flavour of their own particular brand of wood fever.  Secondly, you get some delightful projects presented by their makers and some pretty detailed instructions; some accompanied with great illustrations to help you make them if you choose to take up the challenge. Some are complex and require serious time and skill, but you can start with a small but beautifully detailed kazoo, and who wouldnt want one of those?

Throughout the book are some beautiful images. Wood Porn is a fair description as well as some original pop art and illustrations. There is a smattering of side articles on subjects as diverse as beard culture and workshop fashion; all presented with the level of irreverence and smart humour that are the hallmarks of this really great book.

Undoubtedly this is a terrific book with some great original projects to pick up, either to do or to dream about making in your own fashion. But more than that, it sets out in print what the modern world of woodworking or making with wood is about. Its a kick back at conformity and the mass produced in favour of creativity and rediscovery of craft skills. Not just for those lucky enough to make their living from working with wood, but for the millions of us who enjoy freedom of expression made real by our own hands.



Good Clean Fun, Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop by Nick Offerman is available from thegmcgroup.com, and other retailers online. ISBN-978-1-101-98465-9.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Once upon a tree; Il Etait Un Arbre.



Meet 3 friends from the ENSTIB Wood Engineering school in Epinal; who’s passion for woodworking and creativity pushed them to create their own company, ‘Il Etait Un Arbre.’

Despite one of the founders growing up working with steel, the company have discovered the beauty that working with wood can offer- as well as offering an ecological benefit too, which was the inspiration behind creating the company. ‘Wood is a bio based material, completely renewable- we are working with a living organism and there’s a special feeling that comes with that.’


Friday, 16 September 2016

Best of the Woodworking Web- Theres no place like here: Liberty Tool

In honour of #DIYweek our Best of the Woodworking Web post shows H.G "Skip" Brack who salvages tools from all over New England to resell at affordable prices; making DIY accessible to everyone.


Through this, H.G "Skip" Brack supports his local economy and craftsmen- He salvages up to 1 and a half tons of tools each week and resells at affordable prices. 'I price things intuitively, but I do it so people can afford it. People around here aren't rich, and I'm conscious of that.'




There's No Place Like Here: Liberty Tool from Etsy on Vimeo.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Crimson Guitars Revisited

We first visited Ben Crowe at Crimson Guitars, based in Dorset in the UK, in early 2014. At that time, Ben was pretty much flat out getting his fledgling specialist custom guitar business off the ground. His infectious mix of enthusiasm, passion for his craft and commitment to spreading the word with a relentless social media schedule was difficult to resist. 
A couple of years on and this dedicated #MasterofWood has grown his business making guitars and a line of specialist luthiers tools for building and repairing string instruments. He also trains and educates his growing team of talented luthiers and apprentices, plus the wider fan base that follow him on YouTube.

We thought it was time to catch up again with Ben and see where Crimson Guitars have got to two years on. The transformation is truly impressive. 




If you missed the original post catch it here Crimson Guitars March 2014

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Best of the WoodWorking Web- Natural Goods

Our Best of The Woodworking Web post tells the story of Luca Bressan, a designer born by The Dolomites; a mountain range located in north-eastern Italy.  His love for the ocean and wildlife created a 'cultural clash' between forest and saltiness. This short documentary by Marco Mucig 'Natural Goods' showcases Luca's passion for creating high performance surfboards using the best from nature. His idea of building surfboards and living in the mountains might sound crazy, but when Luca found out that madness was possible, the world became a different place.  His background as a product designer, growing up around nature and his innovative eye made his passion for surf shaping incredibly natural to allow him to create uniquely crafted surfboards that no one had achieved before.

For more information about Luca and his work, visit www.solosurfboards.com