My teacher Drew Langsner has posted a video I love on YouTube. On several of my visits to Country Workshops, I have watched this on a VHS copy Drew has in the shop's video library.
This is basically raw, unedited footage made in 1982 by Rick Mastelli for a projected video by Taunton Press. For reasons I don't know, the project wasn't completed. I believe several black and white stills from these sessions were used in a Fine Woodworking article on the basic knife grasps. I assume this was Wille's second trip to the U.S., when he taught the first spoon and bowl course at Country Workshops. Here you see a craftsman at the height of his powers, working in a new environment and explaining what he's doing and why in his second (third?) language. Clearly he's a master of both the work and teaching it. Along with Wille's book, Swedish Carving Techniques, and the later Taunton video by his son Jögge, this video will give anyone interested in carving with hand tools, beginner or more advanced, plenty of food for thought. I still have new "aha" moments every time I look these over. Wonderful "ahas" I feel not just in the brain, but in the hands: one of life's great pleasures!
I've been a professional woodworker for two decades, the past dozen years of which I've spent at Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta, Georgia. I also teach woodworking classes, mostly at Highland Woodworking.
I write this blog to show what can be done with very basic tools in limited space. Even though woodworking is part of my day job, for my own personal projects I work in borrowed space: half of a two-car garage.
I also write occasional posts about why I'm a woodworker: the pleasures of working and the beauty of the material.
DISCLAIMER: Since I teach classes at Highland Woodworking, I link to products on their website as a professional courtesy. I do not get a sales commission from Highland. As of this writing (2017) I haven't ever received free or discounted tools, supplies, or services for purposes of reviewing or promoting them. I promise to change this statement to reflect any facts that might change!