Friday, 13 January 2017

Best original woodworking content of 2016

At the end of the year we wanted to share a review of some of the best original content from the Triton blog of 2016. It’s been a busy year for us filming in Europe and the USA to bring you stories about woodworkers and their lives, as well as sharing tips, ideas and book reviews. If you have any ideas for new content you would like us to produce in 2017 please do get in touch or leave a comment and thanks for connecting with us this year.

Timber Mountain Men Colorado A beautiful film in a stunning location high in the mountains above Colorado springs.


 PeytonHigh School Woods Program. A community determined to offer great vocational education brings disused buildings back to life with the support of awesome volunteers.  



Aprils Paintcabinet. Triton Brand Champion April Wilkerson shows you how to make a mobile paint cabinet for the workshop.

Makingspace, we visit the Dallas Makerspace an outstanding organisation giving people the opportunity to make and create together.


Architecturalmodel maker Charlie Palmer talks about the craft of putting a city block on your desktop


Marc Besnier a craftsman whose business Au Fil Du Bois makes quality wooden sleds and dog carriages







With the launch of the TWX7 workcentre two great makers demonstrated the versatility of this machine with their projects. George Vondriska from Woodworkes Guild ofAmerica demonstrates a simple picture frame  with no mitres and Chris Marshal from woodworkersJournal sets about making an heirloom tool chest.


In August we returned to catch up with Ben Crowe at Crimson guitars two years on from our initial visit to find a very different business and a happy guitar maker on great form.


Towards the end of the year we introduced our latest Brand Champion Matt Cremona from Minnesota USA with an insight into the man as well as some additional films made together with April Wilkerson. We will be seeing a lot more of both Matt and April in 2017.  


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Monday, 9 January 2017

Setting up a hand plane with Matt Cremona and April Wilkerson

Using a properly set up hand plane is a really satisfying thing to do. A gentle hiss as it glides across your board and wafer thin curly shavings fall to the floor. But if you don’t set it up properly or have a blunt blade installed it’s a very different story of frustration, chattering blades and damaged boards. If you have just got your hands on a fancy brand new plane or want to breathe life into an older vintage model you have to set the thing up properly before use. In this film Triton brand champions Matt Cremona and April Wilkerson look at the process of setting up and tuning a hand plane.




Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Sharpening tips with Matt Cremona and April Wilkerson

Using really sharp tools is a great idea when your woodworking, it produces better results is really satisfying and is inherently safer as you apply less pressure and have more control with a sharp edge, this should not be a revelation to most of our readers.  But just what is the best way to get a really good edge on your tools? There are complete books on sharpening and guys who make a living from going round shows demonstrating techniques and selling all kinds of jigs and tools to make the job easier or more accurate. In reality the process is relatively simple and the tools you use are a lot more to do with personal preference and the size of your pocket book than anything else.    In this film Triton brand champions Matt Cremona and April Wilkerson look at the basics of sharpening a chisel and how that can be applied to many other tools. Check out Matt’s top tip for keeping an edge on your tools and avoid sharpening altogether.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Woodworking Book Review : Tiny Boxes 10 Skill Building Box Projects By Doug Stowe

For lots of woodworkers making boxes is a great way to develop their skills of design and practical technique. They are terrific for extending your woodworking repertoire as well as providing a ready source of gifts or useful storage places for all those bits and pieces we tend to hold onto “just in case”.  There are quite a few books out there to help with this so is this one worth the dollars?

First up Doug Stowe writes great copy, it’s easy to read and to understand what he is getting at. Often design sections of these books can get a bit too wordy, a bit artsy if you know what I mean. In this book Doug is straight forward about what he likes and how it’s achieved.  The basic layout of the book is simple. Ten projects each require a slightly higher level of skill to achieve. They are all set out in a logical order, an introduction to each box and some discussion on its form and design. Simple to follow instructions on how to make the box together with some tips for variations on the theme, are supported with some good photography as well as excellent sketch illustrations.

The projects here are as the title suggests small scale so you don’t have to have a lot of shop space or invest in great quantities of expensive stock to make them. To complete everything though you would need a well-equipped shop  (Band saw, Router table, Lathe) but Doug offers plenty of tips on how to achieve results with a less sophisticated arsenal.  There is a great section on creating some custom inlay and I particularly liked the section on creating tiny versions of the classic bentwood box.

If you want to take on a real challenge the final box in the set is a Japanese puzzle box. This not only looks amazing it’s a fiendishly clever and would be a very satisfying thing to produce and show off to your pals. As with most quality woodworking books there are hints and tips throughout and plenty of “that’s a great idea” moments thrown in.

 So back to my original question is it worth the dollars? In short yes, it’s a good book to browse and a great book to work from, progressively building up your skills. For the experienced woodworker there are some challenges to overcome as you are operating at the smaller end of the scale. For the novice it’s a great way to improve your skills and have inspiring projects to work towards.
   
Tiny Boxes . . . 10 Skill Building Box Projects by Doug Stowe is available from thegmcgroup.com and other retailers online. ISBN-978-1-63186-447-6


Friday, 9 December 2016

A Guide to Milled Timber with Matt Cremona and April Wilkerson


As your woodworking journey progresses, most people shift from using highly stable man made board for their projects; to more decorative and satisfying to work with natural timbers.

Understanding the grain direction in a board makes a huge difference to both the structural properties of your projects and how they will look when finished. You also need to figure out how the board may move over time, given that natural timber never really stops reacting to the environment it’s in.

Triton Brand Champion Matt Cremona talks to April Wilkerson about the terms associated with milled timber, and how to take account of the properties it can exhibit over time.

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.