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Woodworking on a Grand Scale


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Originally published Aug 1, 1996

Fine Woodworking’s Aimé Fraser visits pipe-organ builders, who say that their work is pretty straightforward woodworking. It’s just that there’s a lot of it. Building a pipe organ is a nearly two-year job with multiple woods that will weigh, when finished, more than 19,000 lb. and contain more than 3,800 pipes. Old, European styles of craftsmanship won’t work in the United States, because seasonal movement is three times greater in the U.S. Builders study the old pieces, but merely as guides. Fraser explains tracker keyboards and why they’re sought after, and she details the tools the builders use to create such magnificent pieces.

From Fine Woodworking #119

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Published at Mon, 06 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0000

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Coffee Break Edit: Michael Cullen’s Two Walled Bandsawn Box


Edited by Jeff Roos

This is an excerpt from Michael’s video workshop where he shows you in exacting detail how to make three of his boxes.

Michael also wrote an article on his boxes which was featured in issue #250.

Song: Traveling Alone by Kristen Cothron

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Published at Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:33:32 +0000

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Carving Class

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David Fisher carves bowls from green wood in a snug, unplugged shop in Pennsylvania. He takes as much pleasure in the process as he does in the finished pieces. The hand tools Fisher wields to make his carved bowls are instrumental in creating the clean lines and flowing forms that are a signature of his work.

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Published at Wed, 08 Feb 2017 19:32:59 +0000

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