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  1. Exactly my feeling about the school and Roy. Spent 2017 in NC, just 45 min from Pittsboro and ended up taking 4 classes at the school: the tool box, next the bench, then a one day sharpening with Bill and finally the Windsor chair with Elia. Did know nothing about woodworking before that. Now I am addicted.
  2. I had no plan as what to do when I moved to NC in January. After having very much enjoyed building a chicken house, woodshed and picnic table back home in Australia I searched for woodworking classes. I found this school in Pittsboro and registered for a first class (tool box, with Roy and Bill Anderson). My wife did some googling and found out who Roy was. I liked it and registered for more. I can only say I have been so lucky to be able to enroll in those classes and build beautiful things with my hands, learn some woodworking techniques that I will use again in the future.
  3. Thank you. Roy (and his wife I guess) prepared lunch for us the first day. Their place is gorgeous. Roy ran the steamer, which took ages to get to temperature, took tons of photos. Helped students who needed assistance. Quite a few stories were shared by Elia and Roy. Elia did his early training with Curt Buchanan. I really like him, amazing woodworker, very pleasant personality, easy going.
  4. It was an very interesting week building this chair under Elia Bazarri's guidance. First two days were spent at Roy Underhill's place, splitting a log and making the spindles, making the arm. Then we were at Roy's school in Pittsboro. Very happy with the result. Wife says we need a second one. Photos: Elia and John at the draw horse: Almost ready for finishing, which will be white milk plus black outlines.
  5. Build started on Monday. It is the continuous arm rocker version. (http://handtoolwoodworking.com/rockers/). Hand tools only! Not doing a photo journal, need to concentrate on the build. Great class, Elia is in total control, amazing. Started with the spindles, by splitting, splitting and re-splitting a log then draw knive. Easier than expected. Second day, a new log to create the continuous arm. That was not easy. Draw knife all day. Somehow managed to get the stock to slightly below the desired thickness. Really thought it was going to snap when we bent it after steaming. It did not, luckily. Day 3: starting on the seat: planing and smoothing the board, template to place holes positions, drilling for legs and arm stump. Must be very careful, but easy day. Take home message: No news, need to understand "wood architecture", it determines orientation of parts, preparation of parts...take your time, it is not that difficult.
  6. The timber yard in Woodend is great. At least for my modest needs. We were very lucky to have it just at our doorstep. I will be visiting again shortly after I get back.
  7. No progress? Start of class is Oct 16.
  8. I can do a mortice if the 2D shape is the same at both ends. But here, it is not.
  9. Indeed a SU question. By the way, for the time being, I do not own a router. Mortice chisel it would be. I found what I want in the ware house. But my question remains. How to do that (only the mortice) without a router, in SU?
  10. I can't figure out how to include a wedge-shaped (short sides with different length) mortice in a stretcher. Actually I have found a way, but it means the stretcher ends up being composed of two pieces. I can draw a shape within a stretcher, but cannot then push to create a mortice. Anyone knows how to do that?
  11. Should have translated chook. Sorry guys. Aussies speak a very strange english. When we moved to Melbourne (from Switzerland), we had a very hard time understanding people on the phone, or in tips sometimes. More than once, I completely misunderstood what someone was saying. It is better now, 7 years later. I don't have photos of the chook house with hens in the laying boxes. Richard, not quite sure what you mean by "oily wood". On the last photo, the floor looks shiny because the oil had not yet dried completely. But it is not really oily when dry. Very pleasant to walk on barefooted. Also termite-resistant, resistant to water borers (high silica). I needed my cordless drill set in the hammer drill mode to drill holes. Drilling it releases a very characteristic smell that I can't really describe. Apparently you cannot dry it in a kiln, this will destroy the wood. And by the way, my name is Christophe. Born in France, now also an Australian citizen, which is a blessing really. We moved to Australia when my wife was offered a position with a pharma company. August 1016, she was then asked if she could take on a 3-year position here in Holly Springs. She could not really refuse. I joined her in January, and am being a househusband for 12 months.
  12. Not surprisingly, it is even better in real life. The finishing is mat, not glossy. We don't like glossy floors at all. With this oiling, you can easily fix patches if need be. And the house is built on a slab, so very quiet to walk on.
  13. Originally, we were going to have a green roof, but it did not happen. We went the easy option with corrugated metal sheets.
  14. Thanks for the welcome! Here are a few photos. Hope I am doing this right. Chook house: Inside chook house: Wood shed (almost only turpentine timber): Wood shed base beams (each weighs about 70 kg); picnic table (reclaimed wood from a neighbour): Moravian bench: Turpentine floor (not my doing):