The summer session has ended and as I start the 3rd Semester, I look forward to a busy but exciting term.
Over the summer I was able to meet the goals that I had set out for myself. As well as completing the required Shaker Nightstand and Cabinet on Stand Project, I improved my hand-work skill, my turning skill, and made a sample Cabriole leg. I also crafted a small table base for a friend who is turning the top into a tabletop cribbage board and reproduces two legs for a 100 year old butcher block.
Following the close of the session, we had 9 days off which were spent finishing the trim inside and outside the shop, purchasing and installing the 14 inch bandsaw that I needed as well as the new bench grinder to keep everything tuned up, and also in building a shaving horse for making Windsor chairs. It sounds like a lot and it was quite busy, but we still tool time to spend together as a family, by far the most enjoyable part, and quite precious as my school schedule keeps us like two ships passing in the night.
This semester will likely see us complete a candlebox (a minor project, but another large portion of our grading and assessment of our hand work and craftsmanship), as well as the completion of a tripod table. As with all of the new undertakings so far, I am quite excited!