New Podcast and Older Blog to Watch
This may not be news to some of you galoots out there, but I recently stumbled across an outstanding blog called the Logan Cabinet Shoppe. Run by Bob Rozaieski, this blog focuses entirely on period furniture construction and hand tool only usage. What I like most is that there is a nice mixture of lofted formal furniture and “everyman” furniture seen in the more common homes of the 17th and 18th centuries. I think Bob pulls some strong influences from Roy Underhill and Adam Cherubini in his style of furniture. Bob also seems to be fearless with what he will take on and strict in sticking to traditional techniques to make it.
Lately, Bob has been working on building his own tenon saw and I have been fascinated with just how simple he makes it look. Moreover, many of the tools you see Bob working with have been built by him, illustrating that you don’t need to spend a fortune to do good work. I imagine this was just how it went for an 18th century joiner too. You have to start somewhere so build your own tools and tool chest and learn the craft along the way.
Most exciting is the fact that Bob just launched his very own podcast called Hand Tools and Techniques and he just released episode 3. I have to tell you that I am envious of his film quality and editing software because the production value of his show is through the roof and on par with The Wood Whisperer. I am a firm believer that content is the most important aspect of this web 2.0 podcasting revolution, but it sure makes it easier when the video is clear, the shots detailed, and the message well tuned.
If you haven’t picked up on the theme of this post yet, let me boil it down. I love this blog and podcast! Go over and check out Bob Rozaieski’s site and be prepared to spend some time there because there is so much to learn!