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Tools and Wood with Bob Smalser


 
   

Bob Smalser is a tree farmer, sawyer, and habitat biologist.  He resides in Seabeck, WA. 

Bob's passion is restoration of classic wooden boats and working with classic woodworking tools.  He is a third generation craftsman and proud of his son to carry this tradition.

The articles presented here are expression of Bob's experience with woodworking, old tools restoration, and his respect for the life and nature.

 

On Tools and Woodworking

 

On Other Matters

"When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us think...that a time is to come when those (heirlooms) will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, ‘See! This our father did for us." - John Ruskin.

 

Recent Comments from Visitors

As someone completely new to woodworking, I've been enjoying this site for a few months and the author's have been extremely informative and entertaining. In the past year I've rehabilitated my Dad's Stanley No. 5 and I've got a No. 7 back in working order, although it still needs some refining. So I've gotten comfortable working with the metal planes and I'm really enjoying developing my ability to use them.

However, I was recently given a Stanley No. 27 that presented a new challenge. The plane has seen hard use and I thought it would just wind up as a souvenir.

The throat has been so abused that I wasn't sure that an insert would be sufficient to bring it back to working status, even if I was skillful enough to do the job. Smalser's excellent and concise presentation provides exactly the information I needed to get this plane into my working tool inventory.   Thanks!

Witherby



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