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October 15, 2010

Nevada Woodchucks

I was a member of this club when I lived in Reno in 2002.  If there was a woodworking club like this one in Salt Lake, I would join, they have a great clubhouse [albeit on a flood plain] and are a great group of people.  I have done several workshops for the Nevada Woodchucks and they have invited me back to teach a class on Painting and Graining.  As usual they schedule the workshop the second weekend of the month and I do a presentation to the entire club during their monthly meeting on the second Thursday of the month, which was last night.

I answered some questions about hide glue and talked at length about paint and painted finishes that were popular during the early nineteenth century.  And because of the arid conditions and abundance of softwoods all of the furniture made out here during the pioneer period [ending in 1869 with the coming of the railroad] was of pine, fir, cedar or spruce and painted and grained to imitate the fancy woods unavailable out here.

I also brought my new laminated steel plane blade made by Mark Schramm and showed it off, there was some interest as I explained why I thought they were superior to modern all steel blades.

The workshop starts this evening when we will paint up the samples that we will grain in tomorrows day long workshop.  As a bonus I am going to teach them to French Polish and the workshop should also help them in doing touch up work and matching colors.

We stopped by Woody’s Bar and Grill [how appropriate] for dinner before the meeting, 7 or 8 folks showed up and a few of us stopped by after the meeting for some adult beverages.



  1. Are you wearing a cabinetmaker’s paper hat? I think I saw the plans for one on some blog around here not too long ago. I wouldn’t mind attending one of these discussions, but it’s a bit of a hike from Nova Scotia.

    Comment by Adam Palmer — October 15, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

  2. Good to have you back, Stephen.

    Comment by Mitchell — October 15, 2010 @ 6:19 pm

  3. Adam,
    No it is a linen workman’s cap I made from an illustration from the 19th century, I have made and used paper hats, but the cloth ones last longer.

    It is good to be back.

    The class went well, showed them how to paint and grain, marble, leather, quarter sawn white oak, mahogany, rosewood and maple. Talked about color theory and restoration touch-ups as well as traditional finishes. As a bonus I taught them how to French Polish and they commented that learning that process was well worth the price of the workshop by itself. They were all amazed by how easy it is to do.

    And I am having a good time, enjoyed seeing old friends again and visit with family. I will spend the day, tomorrow at the University of Nevada in Reno doing research at their Material Science Library.

    And to my surprise they don’t sell 190 proof Everclear here in Nevada, the stuff they sell in Nevada is 151 proof, so check your proof before buying Everclear. 151 proof is not good for shellac thinner.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — October 17, 2010 @ 9:43 am

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