(part 1 of 7)
Background Note 1:
Many of you know that, for the last few months, I have been doing very little woodworking. Rather, I (along with a few former Hearst Public School students) have been involved in story gathering, story writing, story editing, photo gathering, photo editing, and layout for a book and DVD to be launched at the first ever reunion of Hearst Public School this summer. I am happy to say that (as of two days ago) the book has now been printed and the DVD has been manufactured.
We have had 600 copies of the book printed. I fully expect to sell out in no less time than 6 months and to require a second printing. Any proceeds for the sale of the book and DVD will be donated to the school (now renamed in honour of Clayton Brown, the longserving principal of Hearst Public School). We will also be holding a silent auction at the reunion in order to raise money. Three of the items being auctioned are these pens that we commissioned from Mack Cameron:
Mack made these pens from poplar that he "rescued" from the woodpile on Pellow's Island north of Hearst when he visited last September.
I have volunteered to make two Chinese Checker boards for the auction, and late last week I finally found the time to get started on them,
Background Note 2:
While working with Dan Clermont at the Ultimate Tools booth at the Toronto Woodworking Show last February, I was introduced to a new way (to me) of finishing wood. Dan purchased a piece of Bubinga and invited folks to sand it up the 4000 grit using a Festool Rotex sander. The results astounded me. I had real trouble believing that the wood had no finish at all on it ?rather it had been polished to a sheen via the sanding process.
I decided to finish the Chinese Checker boards this way.