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Monday, April 21, 2014

Desperate Endstage Monomaniac Spanish Shaker Goodness


Well, now. Dude's hardcore.

I make furniture, of course, but I never have any sort of competitive feeling when I watch videos by other makers. I either find them interesting or infuriating, but the only way to infuriate me is to do worse work than mine, not better, and so waste my time. I can make furniture faster than anyone that can make it better, and I can make it better than anyone that can make it faster. Those are the damp, moldy laurels I rest on.

This video is plenty fascinating to me though. Guy's working in Spain, I guess, since the video and website is in Spanish, but if my Spanish still works, he's either from Austria, Holland, South African or Nigeria, or all of them. He's making a very American, Shaker design, usually referred to as a "harvest table." It's cherry. I understand everything he's doing, and I could be a docent for the whole thing, but that would ruin the aspect of this video that struck me as borderline sublime. No one talks. There's no goddamn music. The light in that room is remarkable. I have seen a kajillion videos of people making things at this point, and this one has to be the ne plus ultra. No one else has the nerve to shut the hell up and make something with a camera pointed at them.

Un Trabajo Feliz, indeed. 

16 comments:

Sam L. said...

Say what you will, 39 minutes of silence I can have without this. Well, near-silence, given the fans and the heating system and my innards gurgling, maybe the phone will ring/beep/do something to get my attention...

Cletus Socrates said...

Would have been some big-ass Cherry trees, no?

Cletus Socrates said...

No routers in that neck of the woods, apparently

Leon said...

he's wearing what i've come to think of here in texas as concealed carry pants...just saying.

great Unknown said...

39 minutes of silence? Of silence??? Can't you hear the wood hum, and occasionally purr?

And routers???? Might as well mass-produce this in a factory. Of course, you'd have to wear ear protection then.

woodworks buschmann bella said...

site now also in english....thanks for posting.
started the workshop a year ago and made this film to illustrate to the spanish what crafts is. beyond rustic countryside crafts the wood crafts sector is basically nonexisting. everything is made from melamin laminated chipwood plate material with iron-on melamin edges.
i must say i did not expect so many reaction from international viewers. The video has been mainly watched in the US, Sweden, Germany and naturally spain. i hope it is useful to people (also the text that describes why all this...).
and by the way, i also have powertools to make a living. as i said, i started a year ago with the shop and word has to get arround. unfortunately the simplicity makes it a pricy product.

frank buschmann said...

i wanted to mention. I would like to skip the sanding, but i can't get the teareouts with cherrywood under controle. i tried low angle planes , japanes planes, changed the angle of the bevel from 32 to 35 dagrees and back, tried microbevel (which i am not sure if sharpened good as i felt no difference) etc. the tearouts are very small, but still not valid. if anyone can advise....

Gedaliya said...

A card scraper should do the trick.

woodworks buschmann bella said...

indeed you might be right. scraper, a tool i have not explored in other than using to smoothen surface when applying waterbased laquers.
will try.

chasmatic said...

Hey Sipp, I betcha this table be finished before your house gets leveled.

Thud said...

For once when it comes tp vids time well spent as I picked up a thing or two.

SippicanCottage said...

Hi all- Thanks for reading and commenting.

Hi Buschmann- Thanks for stopping by. It's excellent work, a very nice video as well, and I'm glad it brought you a lot of attention.

I can second the suggestion of a card sander instead of sanding.

Hi Chasmatic- I shamefully admit that I finished lifting the house last fall; I just didn't finish writing about it. I will though, I promise.

Hi Thud- Your work is every bit as interesting as the work in the video. And scouse is almost as intelligible to me as Spanish, so you should make a video.

RonF said...

What does this deceptively simple looking work of art cost?

Larry Geiger said...

RonF: If you have to ask...

See here: vimeo.com/77779874

And once more, if you have to ask...

Bill Jones said...

Mr Buschmann, you should try to get to Hancock Shaker Village in the People's Republic of Massachusetts sometime.
http://hancockshakervillage.org/

It might be a nice early Fall trip as a break from your Spanish Sauna.

frank buschmann said...

i would love to come and see the shaker villages if only i had some more paying clients,,,:). spain these days is not the most lucrative place to be i am afraid,
if one is not corrupt that is.