Last Call for the CT-18 Dual Low Angle Smoothing Plane …

Drivel Starved Nation –

This is a courtesy announcement that we are assembling the last 40 or so CT-18 Dual Low Angle Smoothing Planes. We have approximately 10 boxed and ready to go, and the balance will be assembled next week. Based on the previous 17 Commemorative Tools, these will be gone forever in the next couple of weeks.
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Introducing the HP-8 Mini-Block Plane that Will Quickly Become One of Your Favorite Planes…

"You can be childlike without being childish. A child always wants to have fun. Ask yourself, 'Am I having fun?" — Christopher Meloni

Dear Woodworker,

Manufacturing is a scale based process; the more you make, the lower the price. What I am about to share doesn’t happen to us very often but when it does it creates a great opportunity for our customers.

We recently received a large custom order of our HP-8 Mini-Block Plane with depth skids to be made from aluminum and it has to be delivered the first week in December. Here is a pic;

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The ability to use depth skids gives handwork, particularly precision hand work a completely new meaning. Case in point, my sculpture, “Fog of War” would simply not be possible without this ability. You can see how here.
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The Math Behind Crowned Edges in Woodworking…

To All Designer/Makers,Woodworkers and the Drivel Starved Nation;

In a couple of days we will announce the first profile kits for the HP-10 Convertible Multi-Plane. There will be a total of four profiles and I thought it might be helpful to share the “why”…

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Emma International 2014: Last Installment

"The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art." — Junot Diaz

The images below represent a very small sampling of what took place in the woods of northern Saskatchewan this past August. It is almost a disservice to all who participated but I have an excellent excuse – the night before the big auction in Saskatoon, I somehow managed to bend the lens tube on my camera limiting it’s ability to focus. In addition, the auction was absolutely jam packed with people making it difficult Continue reading

Emma International 2014; Part 5.

Drivel Starved Nation;

This is the last installment before I share a few of the finished pieces. If looking at these pictures doesn’t inspire you to go make something, nothing will… Continue reading

Emma International Collaboration 2014: Part 4

“Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Welcome to installment four of Emma International 2014!

Whenever you get 100 creative thinkers together without an agenda, the agenda becomes staggering! Presented here are just a small cross-section of the activities. I think you will agree, the atmosphere was something else… Continue reading

Emma International Collaboration 2014: Part Three…

Bridge Citizens Far and Wide:

If you haven’t read the first two installments of this totally awesome experience – shared on this totally awesome and worthless blog – then shame on you. Here are more pics with as few captions as possible. OH, and in case you are wondering, there are six total installments….

Basket making is the world’s oldest craft/art… the work is tedious and it really is not hand friendly over decades. One maker from Denmark commented that she has to have injections in her hands… Continue reading

Emma International 2014: Part Deux

Anyone who thinks that they are too small to make a difference has never tried to fall asleep with a mosquito in the room. — Christine Todd Whitman

Drivel Starved Nation!

Welcome to part 2 of my Emma International 2014 Corroboration report. Let the images continue…

This is a good overview of the main grounds. The forges and jewelry making habitats are behind me in the photo. One of the woodworking areas was inside the blue Quonset hut. As you can see, it is perfect for those who don’t expect much, which of course is the perfect setting for expecting much! The trees you see represent two beginnings; the boreal forest is north and ALL of the Great Plains are to the south. in addition, over 99 percent of all mosquitoes on earth live in this clearing… Continue reading

Bridge City Updates and News…

When men get together they insult each other but don't really mean it. When women get together they compliment each other but don't really mean it either.— Unknown

Drivel Starve Nation;

Guilty I am for ignoring this totally awesome and worthless blog for so long. All I can say is I have been busy.

Here is a production update for the end of July;

CT-18: 95% of the orders on record have been filled. This tool came out absolutely fantastic. It was an ordeal as you all know, but the results are stunning. It is the first Bridge City tool that my wife said; “This is going on display in our living room!” I will fill you in later on all the headaches. By the way, if you would like one of these get on our wait list because as soon as we fill the wait list orders, if there are any remaining, the price will bump up to $2700. Everybody who got one got a great deal or made a great investment.

JMPv2 Jointmaker Pro, Stands, Precision Fence and Accessories: While metric versions will ship in mid-August, the rest are boxed and will be out of our warehouse within the next 7-14 business days.

Table Saw Sled Kits:: All components are in house, and will ship in the middle of August.

SP-26 Sliding Parallel: All orders have been filled and we have a small inventory. As you know, I despise inventory. As of this writing, it looks like we will make these every 24-36 months.

HP6v2 Tapered Sliding Dovetail Kits: All orders have been filled and I believe there are a couple available on our website.

HP6 FX Body:, Profiles (Tongue and 60 Degree V Groove) and Accessories: The stainless version is completed and there are a few left available to purchase here. If you are still waiting it is because one of our suppliers for the HP-6v2 Fence System tapped the wrong size hole in the brass locking knobs. Replacements will be here within the next two week and they will ship immediately as all the other parts are in our warehouse.

TS1v2: We are looking at an end of September ship date at this time.

HP11FW: This is a limited edition of 50, tapered shoulder plane that is not on our website yet, but will be shortly. It looks like delivery will occur sometime in October.

Tools in for Repair: We are seriously behind. I am training young lad Adam Thompson to do repairs and it is slow going for a number of reasons, not the least of which some of these tools are three decades old. In addition, we receive some tools that are not repairable and they will be returned. We should be caught up by the end of September.

Last week, Rutager West, the Bridge City customer expert on the DJ-1 & 2 Drilling Jigs and the JMP came to Portland for a week of slave labor. He primarily assembled Jointmaker Pro Precision Fences. We enjoyed his visit and contribution during a hectic week. When he left he commented that he is “keeping his day job.”

Tomorrow I leave for the 2014 International Emma Lake Collaboration. Every two years, 100 artists/craftspeople from around the world are invited to spend a week together to collaborate/share/invigorate with each other. No cell service, no wireless, no internet. The location is approximately 2-1/2 hours north of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. I am really honored to have been invited and I am taking my camera so I can share this experience with you.

Lastly, for those of you who missed the opening of Quality is Contagious last year in Portland it is traveling to the Bellevue Art Museum. In looking at this schedule this might be trip worth considering towards the end of October. Seattle is always a fun place but opening several weeks after Quality is Contagious is; BAM Biennial 2014: Knock on Wood, also at the Bellevue Art Museum. And for those of you on the east coast, efforts are underway for Quality is Contagious to visit Boston in 2015.

I will be back after August 8!

-John

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