Hand Tools

Subject:
oak
Response To:
Re: Exactly ()

Bill Tindall, E.Tn.
I recall a conversation with Mrs. Mack Headley, mother of the sons that went on to Williamsburg and working out of the shop in Winchester that makes Period Furniture. She recalled Mack once accepting a job in oak. She recalled the experience and said the shop never again accepted a job that involved working oak.

This recollection suggests that the details of working a hard wood with hand tools, or maybe most tools, are significantly different. Which brings me back to the start of this conversation. A tool or technique that is optimized for poplar (as an example) may not be optimum for white oak. If something with the properties of white oak is the softest wood tools and techniques are optimized for be cautions of using this experience to predict working with the woods customarily used for furniture in North America, and probably Europe.

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