One person's woodworking journey, with a focus on handtools, a nod to the past, and an appreciation for the creative spirit.
Awesome! I love how he uses his chest, knee and leg for leverage. I have axe (and axe skill) envy.
He just typifies "economy of motion".No wasted moves at all.
You can tell how sharp his tools are. But the most amazing thing to me is his vision. Every cut is is right on.
Way cool! Thanks!
Wow! Wish I could do half that. No matter how sharp, my oak just don't work like that.
I like his tool and work holding technique too. He always looks in control.
It's mesmerizing to watch him.
WOW! Fun to watch, and instructive. Thanks for posting Kari!
Can anyone comment on his clothing? Is he wearing a tiny leather apron?Thanks.
It just looks like pants and a vest to me, but maybe other people see something else?
There's a longer version of this on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGDkliy1DEUWith 2 other sequences: a clog maker and a chair shop. And the map they show suggests that the chair shop was within a few miles of Alingsas, and so in the same neck of the woods my great-grandmother came from. Thanks!
Thank you, Jim. I have that one in my links list, but sometimes the link doesn't work, so I'll add your youtube link as well. That's very cool that you have relatives from that area! Your family may have come over about the same time as mine: 1880s.
Mine came in the early 1890's, some of the early ones to enter through Ellis Island, so I was able to look them up when they put the Ellis Island records online. I was also able to see the record of my great-great-grandmother returning to Sweden in 1923 to visit her father before he died, about the time this film was made. Oddly enough, in the rural town where I grew up, there is a Hultman Lake, and a Hultman family lives there. I don't know them, but my mom does, and apparently they're still in touch with cousins in Sweden and visit fairly regularly!
You must be a Yuper, eh? My family is from Michigan in the upper Penninsula. Apparently "Hultman" is to Sweden as "Smith" is to the U.S. (very common). Still, I had never heard of Hultman Lake. Looking it up now....
It's a great movie and it is filmed close to me as well (the "town" of Bollebygd is about 20 km from me)Hultman isn't actually that common, there is 3101 people registered in sweden with the last name Hultman at the moment
Kari:Northern Wisconsin, actually. But only 2 counties away from Lake Superior, so pretty darn close. If you can't find Hultman Lake on Google Maps or Mapquest, search for Hultman Lake Road in Ogema, WI.
DaJ, I forget who told me that my last name was common in Sweden, but thank you for letting me know the actual count. Does "hult" mean small grove of trees?Jim, I found it right away when I googled it. I have family in Green Bay and Escanaba and will let them know about it. I'm sure they've never heard of it. Thank you!