Friday, January 4, 2013

Anual Christmas Gloat



I am very fortunate to have a wife, mother, and children who ask me what I want for Christmas and are happy to facilitate my woodworking addiction hobby. Every one went above and beyond again this year as the pictures show. From my wife, pole lathe turning tools by Ashley Iles, a sweet hand-made brass glue pot with electric warmer plate w/a pound of granulated glue, an assortment of Treemont nails, two Lost Art Press T-Shirts, and last but not least, a two day class at The Woodwright's School on Restoring Wooden Hand Planes. Really looking forward to getting back down to Pittsboro.

My Mom got me the Ray Iles scorp, season 6 of the Woodwright's Shop, the new Peter Follansbee DVD on making a joined chest, and a really nice book, Chairmaking Simplified.

My Dad gave me the lock-blade Kershaw knife, which I think I'm gonna keep in the shop. I have a smaller knife to keep in my pocket and it's nice to have a knife like this for general purpose task in the shop.

My girls surprised me with gifts of their own this year. My 11 year old, Gillian, got me a really nice welcome mat which resides on my brick pad at the front door of my shop. And Casey, my 14 year old, made the sweet sign for me to hang in my shop. She used a wood burner (first effort) and got the images for the tools off of my blog site. Pretty cool. :-)

So, thank you ALL. I appreciate all my gifts and will be sure to put them to good use. Man, my birthday's a LONG ways away yet. :-)



15 comments:

mcglynnonmaking said...

Congrats on the Christmas haul, and the loving/supportive family!

Any idea where the glue pot come from? It's beautiful!

Anonymous said...

http://musicaravan.com/gluepot/story

Jamie Bacon said...

Hey Joe, Anonymous there beat me to the punch. :-)
I actually saw that glue pot at the cabinet shop in Colonial Williamsburg. A lady asked Ed where it came from and he went upstairs and asked Bill. As soon as he came down with the web site info I was looking it up on my phone. It's really quite nice and very reasonably priced. Not a very big glue pot though. I'd say maybe 2 fluid ounces or so. Big enough for most things I'd do with it anyway. I used it on the candle box I just made for my dad. My first experience using hide glue and I was impressed.

mcglynnonmaking said...

Thanks guys, that's an awesome little gluepot. It's on my wishlist now. as soon as I have a project to use it on I'm going to buy it.

Brentpmed said...

The shop sign your daughter made is outstanding; you will smile every time you see that for the next 40 years. I would hang that with great pride! Congratulations!

Jamie Bacon said...

Brentpmed,
I do love that sign and it had a special place in my shop and in my heart. There's nothing so special as a hand made gift. Especially one from your children.

Joshua Klein said...

Jamie, really excellent. Eden and I just finished our Underhill pole lathe. Trying out turning for the first time was really fun! Looking forward to hearing your turning adventures. Have you ever done it before?

Jamie Bacon said...

That's awesome Joshua. I've never done any turning on any kind of lathe before. I'm thinking this is probably a good thing because the reciprocating motion of the spring pole lathe won't seem so strange if it's all I've ever used. We'll see. Hopefully before too long.

Shannon said...

Jamie, Garland Wood (Joiners Shop Master in Williamsburg) told me that he learned on a spring pole and discovered that many of the problems people have adjusting to it he didn't have since he learned there first. Hopefully you will be the same. He also said his other turning was better for it but always wants to go back to the pole lathe. I'm curious about those pole lathe tools. So far my HSS and carbide modern tools work fine but I can understand why the O1 might be better on these low RPMs. I may have to get 1 or 2 to test side by side.

Jamie Bacon said...

Hey Shannon, I'm hoping I have the same experience as Garland. I got the hardware in that I ordered from BlacksmithBolt.com and made some progress this past week with chamfering edges and drawboring the vertical post into the feet. Next step is to bolt the bed rails to the vertical post and then install the dead centers. I'm anxious to get it done and try out the Ashley Iles lathe tools. I have treatments today and tomorrow but I'm hoping to jump back on it this weekend.
By the way, I saw you at the WW show but I was sitting in on Paul Sellers session and once I left that, I couldn't track you down.

Jen said...

I believe some of the gifts you mentioned from your wife are also from your Furry children-Yaz and Fenway :). Fens is offended you left him out of your blog but the fur-less kids made it. HAAAAA!!! Yaz can't read or she would have been just as upset! :) I'm glad you enjoyed your Christmas and you having this "hobby" makes gift giving so easy :).

Jamie Bacon said...

You are SO right Babe. I can't believe I failed to give credit to the furry kids. I know they put a lot of thought into the gifts they bought me. And just to be clear, the reason Yaz can't read is that her eyes are bad, not that she's stupid. She's wicked smaht!

Eddie Bacon said...

Hey Jamie,
You were absoutely correct when you said "There's nothing so special as a hand made gift. Especially one from your children". I smile every time I look at the "18th Century Candle Box".
Thanks, Dad

Jamie Bacon said...

That's awesome to hear Pop. Makes it that much more special to me also hearing and seeing how much you liked it.

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