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… every six months to do what she loves…baskets 1

baskets 2


“Stuff” was all over the place at Emma. All was fair game to be “upcycled” into something more meaningful. I like taking pictures of “stuff”…


Michael Hosaluk is a friend of mine (we met teaching at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking years ago) and he is the recipient of the Canadian version of the MacArthur Award. He also is the owner of a CT-18 and took delivery at Emma (this is not Michael in the image). It quickly found its way into the field for various projects and here it is helping to shape the underside of a bench project…CT18 Bench

The toothing iron was used to rapidly remove material (depth of cut was about 0.025″).CT18 1

There was a small mountain of shavings that were continually picked up by others for who knows what purpose…CT18 2
This is a great way to recycle shavings as this material makes a superb and great smelling packaging material.
CT18 3

This is an accidental pic I took while looking at the back of my camera. Really!
accidental image



Sometime in the late 1970′s I participated in a wood invitational in Mendocino, CA and one of the other artists was Michael Cooper. After all these years we finally got to meet at Emma 2014 and nobody was more excited about this than your favorite Tool Potentate. His work has always been inspiring to me, so please take a look at his site when you have an hour or two to digest the genius of this man. Here he is inspecting his bent lamination… that or he just spotted an electrical outlet which were highly coveted in the wood area.Michael Cooper
This lamination was clamped using cotton rope wound round and round… you can see the marks after the rope is removed…

Michael Cooper 1


Ness Creek


Emma International Collaboration 2014

5 comments on this post:

  1. How cool to see the CT-18 in use. In the field! One might have thought it too glamorous to be used in the woods. Apparently not. I wonder what the bench thinks about the contrasting tools used to shape it: chainsaws, axes, to high-end planes?

    I love the sculptural look of the barbed-wire sled. So functionally useless. It must be a metaphor for something.

  2. David-

    Years ago, junior high to be exact, I observed my English teacher as I walked into the room, her shoulders dropped upon the sight of me… and then I heard her mutter under her breath that she was hoping I would be absent… Turned out to be one of my favorite teachers.

    Which brings me to your post…

    - John

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