Tuesday, February 9, 2016


So, here we are.

Pardon the typos but we had lake and wine already, woodworking is a hard job.

Ok, maybe we drank too much already so there's nothing to say. After it's done I do a write up. 


  1. I guess I'm looking mostly at the building you are under. You said there was no woodworkers up till now in Chile. I could use a feeder like that except the goats would do it in in short order.

    Ok now I'm going to sign in as shingle maker.wordpress.com and do some verification and some scrolling down and some clicking to get my comment posted up here. Thanks.

    1. I'd say it was made by germans, there are not many indians here so somebody must have killed them. The whole region is full of bavarian looking houses and kuchen, some beer too. I should take some pictures of the house we are sleeping in, so you can see what I mean by the no woodworkers here. But yeah, you are right, there were some.

      The feeders are made of arrayan wood, extremely strong and tight grain, will take a sample. There were mostly cows here though.

    2. Fundo Weintraub, it's called this place. Sorry for the blogspot bureaucracy, if you set up a wordpress I happily migrate.

  2. Just so, so, beautiful! The scenery is fantastic, and I echo Shinglemaker's curiosity in the barn structure and hay trough as well. And the tools you guys are using.....who made that sumitsubo? I love it! That knife looks like one that I made, but forgot to send you.

    I 'm looking foreword to seeing more of the old structure, but also the new work you are doing, seeing the roof joinery as it developes. A question....how expensive is that timber that you are using, what does a beam cost? Do you buy directly from the person who saws the logs? Is there a conventional standard of measure for timber, like 50mm x 150mm, or a 75 x 125? I'm envious, you are using wood of real size, not the sticks that I've been playing with. It's looking good, looks like fun!

    1. The gal bought the wood from a miller, it was around 750usd plus shipping. We want to build more, so a post on getting the wood will appear in due order. Now I need to upload more pics for the next post. I made the sumitsubo btw.

    2. So about the wood.

      Astrid bought them from the mill as I said. Seemed that the guys could only cut in full inches, with a standard deviation of 5mm or so. Everything is oversized. The wood was wet as a (sexual joke edited by google) and tears out lots when you plane. The grain sucks, and some pieces were so knotty and curly grain that we left them aside.

      I think you would need a few weeks to make a good deal with the wood, you need to find a place that lets you pick the wood and then tell them how to cut it. Then find a jointer and a planer.

      We got like 15 beams in 5x5 average. 50usd per beam roughly.

      It's a lot of fun. And a lot of work. Shit is heavy. The part I most enjoy is to see the guys doing their shit by themselves. I've been marking the joints and cutting some of them, but it has been a real team job. We usually bang a joint between 2 or 3 at least. Saw lines are personal and we joke with each other when someone touches the line. it has happened twice I think.

      How you sharpen your axe btw? I feel that the second bevel I put on it is not strong enough and the edge tends to chip too easily. Love your transparent house btw, didn't have time to comment though. Hope you are fine my friend.

    3. Things are great here, too nice perhaps, as I get too blissed out sitting in the woods, listening to the birds sing. Fat and lazy days, haha.

      I am right handed, so I filed the inner/left bevel on my Ono to be a little flat, similar but not as flat as a hewing hatchet. The outer/right bevel is more steep and close to the original profile. I try to keep the bevel surface somewhat flat. I did all that before I had a "real" hewing hatchet though, so if I were to get another little hatchet, I would probably keep both faces steep and identical, side to side.

      The steel temper of my Ono is definitely at the hard end of the spectrum, much harder than any axe I've got (or used) and I'm careful to keep it from touching any stones, lying it down carefully between uses. I don't let the rest of the family use it, haha. I've not had any chipping when using it on the hard Hawaiian woods, but I think your hatchet might be quite a bit nicer and more finely tuned than mine, and harder too. Mine isn't even a laminated blade, I was bummed to find.

      That wood isn't cheap! I wonder if the planing will improve after its had a little time to dry out? Back in the day, I would buy direct from the sawmill, but you "Got what you got" and typically needed to buy 30% extra, to account for bad spots. It was cheaper than buying from the store, not so much anymore. If you were polite, made friends with the owners, and re-stacked the piles carefully you could pick, but that sometimes took a while.

      I am glad that you are well my friend.

  3. Don't worry about my meanness towards your blog Sebastian. Do you know the old song, "The Ham's a Smoking Up Thar in That Ol' Chimney"?