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木工方面的资料:Raphael Berrios
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Raphael Berrios is one of our Foundations of Woodworking scholarship students in Spring 2016. He also took our Timber Frame Tiny Home course and brought home one of the structures to finish for himself (you can follow his progress on his blog!  以下是他对于导致他进入PTSW的原因,迄今为止的经验以及对未来的想法的看法:

In the past few years I have rediscovered my passion for woodworking. After my first few years of high school shop class, I was convinced that I wanted to transfer to vocational school and eventually get into the field of fine 家具类 making. Surrendering to the pressures from my guidance councilors and guardians, I reluctantly stayed the course and pursued more modern and sought after fields of occupation. 

After running my own professional photography and video business for 4 years, I made the decision that it was not my passion, and I needed to find my true calling. Over the past few years I have been traveling, working and learning. Taking courses, interning and work trading. All the while trying to figure out what it is that I should be doing. In the last year I had the pleasure of interning on a homestead on Orcas Island. While there, I found myself drawn to building projects and woodworking and also had the great fortune of taking carving lessons from a local expert wood carver. I caught the bug again. And here I am, doing everything I can to further my education in the fine woodworking trades.

The the foundations class has fit directly into my change of trajectory. It was exactly what I was looking for and exactly what I needed to jumpstart what will hopefully a lifelong exploration of the building trades. I would definitely say that my experience with the school has better prepared me for a career. At this moment, I am not exactly sure what I will be pursing next, but given my self motivated and entrepreneurial nature, I know I am headed in the right direction. Although I enjoy making and creating, I have also found a recent spark of interest in teaching, and I would be interested in continuing down that path to see where it goes. One of my proudest moments from the course came shortly after completing some very intricate mortise and tenon joinery on my final project. The joinery consisted of two wedged through-tenons that bypassed each other on a corner of a frame and panel chest. The tenons measured only a quarter inch by a quarter inch. 

I am inspired by so much of the incredible craftsmanship that surrounds us everyday. Whether it be an intricately gilded and detailed piece of trim work, the ingenuity and painstaking detail of the bent cedar boxes made by native Coast Salish people, or the unfathomable amount of labor and forethought that was required to construct the massive timber framed barns and houses of pre industrial New England. A lot goes unnoticed, but since beginning down this road I find myself stopping and looking a whole lot more.

My dream project is to always have the next dream project. Since reintroducing myself to woodworking, I have been developing a never ending list of potential projects. At the moment, I am putting some finishing touches on a workbench I built, designing all of the windows and doors for our house, starting the joinery on a pair of bedside tables, layering an oil finish on a pair of saw benches, fashioning some walnut bench dogs, and preparing a lumber order for our cedar bevel siding and trim. I don't know what will come next, but I think theres a good chance it will involve wood.

木工方面的资料:Michael Hamilton
 

Local custom 家具类 maker 迈克尔·汉密尔顿 was kind enough to open his Port Hadlock shop to us recently. He showed us a unique project in the works, shared his woodworking story and thoughts for the next generation of woodworkers. 

迈克尔·汉密尔顿 has been working on a single chair for over three years. But this is no ordinary chair: he is crafting a custom recliner for a client, with all the bells and whistles. The clients wanted a reclining chair that matched the cabinets Michael had made for them. And rather than just waiting for the final product to be delivered, the clients have been actively collaborating with Michael over the course of the project.

The process started with the client’s idea four years ago, and has involved about a year of active work. Michael first made a couple mock-ups for the chair, then delivered a prototype about a year ago so the clients could “live with it” for a while. Chair features will include an inflatable pillow head rest (using controls under the arm), as well as switches to control reclining action. The result will be a piece of beautifully crafted wood 家具类, with 21st century technology just under the surface. 

以下是一些躺椅项目和商店照片: 

迈克尔在威拉米特山谷(Willamette Valley)长大,从小就开始尝试木工(包括在10岁时建造小艇)。他的祖父是个女权主义者,并把对他动手的兴趣传给了迈克尔。

大学毕业后,迈克尔开始在俄勒冈州波特兰市的一家橱柜车间工作。该商店建造了展示柜,例如珠宝店中的柜子。他继续欣赏这项工作中磨练的解决问题的技能。

Following the cabinet shop, Michael set up a home shop in his basement, and began making and selling items in local galleries. He slowly made his way into building 家具类, with cabinet making served as his “bread and butter” for many years. He reminisced about a time (before big box stores) when an individual cabinet maker could compete with larger shops. Now, he says, individual cabinetmakers generally need to be working with custom specifications or detailing for the client.

尽管进行了这些更改,Michael仍感觉到当今对定制家具和木工的认识有所提高。独立木工的另一个好处是可以实现远距离交流。

When asked what advice he would give emerging woodworkers, Michael emphasized a focus on design skills. Honing your design skills is important, he says, and “people need to be conscious of that aspect of the 家具类 field”. It all starts with the design, and people are drawn to your work (or not) based on the aesthetic. Michael feels this expertise is an essential building block in a woodworker’s career.

Listening to Michael talk about making a living as a woodworker, he emphasizes cultivating a relationships with his clients and the “give and take” of a collaborative process. He likes the personal connection forged with clients when they are involved, and much of his business has come through referrals over the years.

For budding woodworkers considering the pros and cons of working collaboratively with the client, Michael offers the caution that you don’t have the ultimate say in what is being produced, which can be difficult for some. One also loses some control over the schedule and flow of the process. Overall, however, this collaborative style has been a good fit for Michael.

迈克尔在回顾了他多年木工工艺中制作的各种项目和作品时,迈克尔表示,他对家具制造的“无穷无尽的解决问题”表示赞赏。和我临别时,他给出了从事木工职业的最佳理由之一:“我一直很想早上上班”。

联系Michael或查看他的更多工作 here

 
木工方面的资料:Matthew Straughn-Morse
 

本月,我们将介绍我们才华横溢的讲师和木工Matthew Straughn-Morse。我们问了他关于木工的历史,他的教学&创造哲学,以及他对未来的追求。 

马修在教一些 很棒的课程 今年春天和夏天,我们很幸运能有他! 

1.您是如何成为木工的?

I have been interested in woodworking since childhood, but never thought it would be a career until after college. I believe that the start was an equal blend of audacity (I didn't really know what I was getting into) stubbornness (it was, and still is, a steep learning curve), and fortuitous timing and circumstance.

2.您为什么选择在学校工作?

The汤森港木工学校 really embodies the approach to learning woodworking that resonates with me. I believe that woodworkers can really be craftspeople, artists, and thinkers. The skills we teach at the school are not necessarily commonplace, but are achievable by most students given the desire to learn. The nature of those skills are fundamental to many crafts, but are often overlooked in the conventional or contemporary approach to woodworking.

3.您支持学生的哲学是什么?您希望他们实现什么?

I would like to be better at letting students make (non-injurious) mistakes, however, I would summarize my philosophy as complete transparency, and openness. I would hope that most go on to use the skills they acquire in the field of woodwork, but I would be as satisfied if they leave feeling like the time spent at the school was worthwhile.

4.您从其他老师那里学到了什么?学生们?

The list of things I have learned from the faculty is far too long to enumerate here. Suffice to say that I learn new things daily working with Abel and Jim, and there is not one person on staff from whom I have yet to learn something. Students also offer many new views and insights, most have spent a good deal of time thinking about craft or tools or wood.

5.您觉得关于教学的最大收获是什么?关于成为木工?

I really enjoy seeing someone begin to understand a new concept, selfishly, I think, because I take it to mean I am communicating clearly and teaching well! I love to make things, particularly from wood. I love that the wood suggests the process, dictates the construction, and informs the appearance. Makes it kinda easy, I just have to show up.

6.您对自己的教学实践或自己的木工工作有何希望/期望?

I would truly like to find a comfortable balance between teaching and making. I absolutely need time to grow, and thrive in my own as a woodworker, but I also feel a need to convey what I know to new woodworkers, in the hope that we, as a culture, don't lose our woodworking heritage.