Alan Van DeMoere
Hand Plane Workstation
This workstation will feature various styles of hand planes and other tools used in the creation of fine furniture. Rough sawn planks of wood will be transformed into finish ready pieces of fine furniture. See the work of a 100-year-old bench plane, which has been tuned and sharpened to perfection in pursuit of perfectly formed ultra-thin wood shavings. No sand paper allowed!
Our wood turning demo will use a larger lathe and will feature a number of turners who will show the flexibility of a woodworking lathe. We will be showing how to make a variety of turned objects from tops and magic wands to boxes and bowls. There may be some opportunities for viewer input so please be sure to stop by and watch as we make the chips fly!
Woodworking with simple tools
We will explore woodcraft through the use of hand tools such as the axe, drawknife and the spokeshave. Using a simple workbench and a shaving horse, we explore “getting the wood out” of a log, splitting and carving. This art of moving from a rough-cut log to a finished piece with these tools has been the skill of chairmakers, wheelwrights, carpenters, and craftsmen worldwide for hundreds of years.
Working with Inlays
This station will be demonstrating various inlay techniques. See how hand tools can be used to make patterns as simple as a line, to complex pictures. These simple, but artistic techniques add complexity and interest to areas that are often overlooked. Inlay has been used to add interest and elegance to furniture for almost as long as it has been made. Come see how easy it is to add to any project.