Sunday, March 14, 2010

Oh, You Speak French? Oui.

Well, actually I don't speak French. But I really like French woodworking. I work on a couple French workbenches almost daily. I stumbled on these videos today. These videos remind me of the great period of 18th c. woodworking in France. Andres Roubo, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin. I bet things have changed very little with some of these techniques since these folks were tooling around Paris.

Note: Blogger doesn't scale the videos properly. Double click them to see the entire frame.

Marquetry and Veneer work.

Straw Marquetry

Gunstock work

Wood clogs. This man's family has been making them continuously since 1734.

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