Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fall/Winter 2011 and 2012 schedule

I often make the mistake that everybody reading this has been here since the beginning. If you have not and want to learn how I use hollows, rounds, etc., start at the beginning of the blog last December. I will start from the beginning again sometime, but at this stage I just can't rewrite it again.

I was sent the following note from a man that attended the LN show this past weekend in Newport, RI. He came for LN and found me. 

"I have to admit I was blown away by your system for using the planes, particularly the hollows and rounds. Went home last night, signed up for your blog and read every every entry. Obviously, I will have to go back and and digest more, try to put some into practice, re read etc but I am enthusiastic. I am also going t see what I have collected over the years, resharpen whatever looks to be a workable pair and see what I can do with what I have. I am very glad to have met you and am looking forward to your book."

Come to one of these shows if you have the opportunity and interest. I can help you put those $5 antiques to work.


This blog has seemingly turned into a M. S. Bickford Moulding Planes scheduling advertisement and self-depricating ramble. I apologize for that. It is not my intention for things like this to overwhelm the subject matter to the extent that it has. Things have been pretty weird here. I'll leave it at that and tell you that we'll get back on subject...but not tonight.

I will be at WIA next weekend. This show is one of the highlights of my year. If you're reading this blog I can assure you that you will never be around as many people that share similar interests.

I am extraordinarily poor at updating my actual website, www.msbickford.com (hint). I will get it done before WIA. In the meantime, this is what I have so far.

Lie Nielsen Handtool Events

October 28-29
Manchester, CT
Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking
(This is Halloween weekend so make certain that you where your costume)

December 2-3
Beverly, MA
Furniture Institute of Mass.
(Always a full house)

January 6-7
Brooklyn, NY
3rd Ward
(This was the best LN show I went to last year. I really enjoyed that weekend.)


March 31 and Sept. 1
NWA Woodworking Showcase
Saratoga, NY
(The focus of this show is on the product, not the tooling. I highly recommend it. Bring a piece to enter.)

January 21-22
Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking
Learn how to use these planes at the bench
(Thomas Lie-Nielsen will be teaching a class on 1/20. You can get fully overloaded with all things 'hand planes' in just three days)

March 23, 24 and 25
The Acanthus Workshop
Pottstown, PA
This is a three day class with the 3rd day being optional. Chuck Bender will teach carving mouldings for a portion of this third day if that's where your interests fall.

September 15, 16 and 17
The Acanthus Workshop
Pottstown, PA
(second verse, same as the first...three days with the 3rd day optional)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Life of a Planemaker

Fixed door frames and sills from rift sawn beech, moulding details skipped...

Monday, September 12, 2011

This Past Weekend and Next.

I'm certain that a great time was had by all at the CVSW open house this past weekend. There was a full house with plenty of different exhibitors.

Jeff Noden (of Noden Adjust-a-Bench and The Noden Inlay Razor) and woodworker/author Craig Bentzley stopped by for dinner and end-of-summer fun before their trip home to NJ and PA, respectively.

Here are a couple pictures of Jeff demonstrating what sounds like his original passion.

(Jeff and my oldest son, Sheldon, at work)

(The final product. I don't have enough room to explain what happened to the real rockets)