Old ways of wood working and building.

I am into learning how to build furniture and structures in the way it was done in the past. I.E with out nails and with hand tools because I find that these old ways produce very high quality furnite, and because I like the rough look. Dose anyone know of any good books websites forums etc that talk about this kind of thing?

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Hey me and my brother (bad grammer) Make english longbows with traditional tools, drawknife spokesheaf etc. I wonder would that be a good instructable for my first? Anyone interested
How is the instructable for a longbow coming along? I also would love to see it come into being. My son needs to complete his archery requirements for his boyscout badge. He to make a bowstring and fletch six arrows. Then he has to practice and pass a test. I was told to least expensive bow would cost me $200. I could probably make one given the right instructions. I have done some wood working for several years and I have been falling in love with using primitive tools lately. I am working on a spring pole lathe. Next will be a shaving mule. I hope you are still working on an instructable for a bow!
Sedgewick17 (author)  maninamousesuit10 years ago
I would like it if you did an instructable on how to make a longbow.I just tried to make one,and when I pulled the bow back it broke in two.
Most definitely ! Beyond any shadow of a doubt.
gmoon Goodhart10 years ago
I agree--a longbow would make a great instructable!
ok ill do it. Sedgwick17 i know it is a complete bummer for the stave to snap. Yew is the kindest, maple is good and ash is the easiest to work and easiest to replace..The best starter wood you can get i reckon Ill post it soon and send you a message.
Sedgewick17 (author) 10 years ago
Have you used a froe? When I use mine even in the softest wood it feels like I am trying to split apart a piece of iorn, and the piece of wood keeps pushing the froe out like a spring. If you like Eric Sloane you would probably like a book called The Forgotten Crafts by John Seymour.I will PM the PDF to you maybe there is something in it that you can use.
gmoon Sedgewick1710 years ago
Yes, but just for splitting fire starters ;-) . It depends greatly on the type of wood, and the clarity of the grain...

I have The Forgotten Crafts ! I don't believe Seymour did the illustrations, but they are stellar! Nothing in great depth (like Sloane) but fantastic anyway!

Especially enjoy the stuff we don't see in the US, like thatching and the section on the coracle.

BTW, I wasn't actually going to make a plane, just show how to use one (sharpen, set the blade depth, technique, differences between types, etc.)
Sedgewick17 (author)  gmoon10 years ago
That would be a good.I have trouble getting a sharp blade.
Thanks my friend. It seems your nom de plume is a good choice for you, Im new in town and positive comments really help a guy out.. Your servant sir.
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