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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Inside the Beltway

    Smithsonian Folklife Festival

    Hey, folks,

    One of the joys of living in DC is that every year around this time, the Smithsonian hosts a folklife festival on the National Mall. We go just about every year, and there's usually something woodworking related.

    This year, there was something to interest both turners and boatbuilders among the exhibits from Columbia. For turners, there was a guy turning exquisite forms out of palm nuts. His "lathe" was a wheel-less eight inch grinder, and it must have been spinning at 2,000 rpm, maybe way more.

    The boat builders were making canoes out of long straight planks. Four 12 foot by 12" by 3/4" pine planks were enough for a canoe. The only tools I saw were hammer, nails, circular saw, drill, and rope. They sealed the seams with a kind of waxy local tar, which they then dilute and use to paint the whole thing...



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    Last edited by Bill Lantry; 07-03-2011 at 08:33 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Neat. But, I'll bet that "canoe" was really a pirogue. (pronounced pee-row) Used in the bayous of Louisiana.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Reno, Nv
    I get the magazine and to attend that would be amazing! Need to see if Walter Reed is hiring!
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Very cool. I'm betting that grinder/lathe is running at either 3450 or 1725 RPM.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Spitting distance north of Detroit Michigan
    Looks like a great time...

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