This year we’ll have 2 marquees in the ‘arena’, one of which will have a blacked out section for talks rather than the Working Men’s Institute this year. It means that everything is in one place, so less time moving about.
As usual we have a fun packed schedule of activities for you!
Wooden Churches: Travelling in the Russian North 100 years after Bilibin
In the summer of 1902 Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin (1876 - 1942) the well known artist, stage designer and illustrator of Russian Folk Tales travelled to the Vologda Province in the North of Russia. As well as collecting and studying the local folk art he drew and photographed the wooden architecture. Seeing these beautiful postcards inspired Richard to travel to the Russian North in 2002 to find out which churches had survived. Many churches have been saved by dedicated specialists and enthusiasts, whose untiring work goes on. Richards’s photographs help raise public awareness of the plight of these wonderful buildings and hope that more restoration projects will attract the funding they deserve.
ANDY RYALLS and JAKE HOLLAND
Planing techniques: Lets plane together
The demonstration will comprise:
Plane preparation for framing; plane styles (rebate, bench, scrub plane) and blade shapes
Demonstration of planes; cleaning up tenons, scrub planing, Japanese planes
A discussion of all the techniques focusing on Why hand tools and not power tools?
Paul Reed Conservation
“The History of Carpentry Part III - History of Carpentry 15th Century to 18th Century” (Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the lecture theatre!) Part I covered Early Carpentry and tools from the Iron Age to The 12th Century Part II looked at how structural Carpentry developed in Southern England from 12th Century to the end of the 15th Century. Paul is an apprenticed Trained Carpenter and Joiner, has studied surveying and Architecture, worked in Surveyors and Architects Practices, continued his Career in Historic Building Conservation with English Heritage, and as a Local Authority Conservation Officer, has a masters degree In conservation at York University, continued his research into the origins of English Carpentry and was awarded a Churchill Scholarship to travel to Scandinavia, Northern Europe and France. Paul has a consultancy practice and a conservation company 'Paul Reed Conservation Ltd' which specialises in the repair of historic buildings.
CHRIS AP IAGO
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“Schiften” German Roofing Carpentry
A demonstration focussing on the German Carpenter's craft of lining out full size or scaled down drawings showing the plan and profile of a regular symmetrical valley roof. These drawings are then used to obtain all lengths, measurements and bevels required to cut the roof. No need for on site “air carpentry”!
This method and variations of it have been used on the continent since the Renaissance period. The demonstration will show the fundamental principals that apply to all roofs. Once Shiften is understood the principals can be used on roofs of all shapes and sizes.
Christian Ap Iago trained and worked in Germany for more than 10 years and is a qualified Master Carpenter (Zimmermeister)
ATLE OVE MARTINUSSEN
Director of the Museum Centre in Hordaland, Norway.
Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The Museum Centre in Hordaland is a foundation managing several museums in Hordaland, the western part of Norway. The Museum Centre also has a department for consulting on protection of cultural heritage, and a department for conservation and storage, serving all the museums in the county, giving advice on building conservation, and preparation of restoration plans for private owners of listed buildings. Atle Ove Martinussen will speak about safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage with examples from Norway connected to wooden heritage, and traditional craft traditions.
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Useful knots for rigging, and other less serious ones!
Senior Curator of Historic Buildings at Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales
Timber-framed buildings at St Fagans.
Gerallt will talk on the timber-framed buildings at the Museum in a lecture based at the Kennixton Farmhouse. Kennixton is a typical farmhouse from Gower in South Wales, and the eye-catching blood-red walls were thought to protect against evil spirits, like the berries on the rowan tree and the carved figures inside the front door.
JACOB and JOHN NEEMAN
John Neeman Tools
Sigulda, Strelnieku str, 86a-8, Latvia
phone: +371 26362498
We are a small crew of craftsmen from Latvia who use our heritage of craftsmanship handed down through many generations to design and create woodworking tools. Our process, our method, and our mission, keeps these traditions and crafts alive and well. In this high-tech age, our own traditional craftsmanship is flourishing.
1. Cutting a mortise/shaping a tenon with our chisels in some branchy peace of oak - to show how well they hold their edge. 2. Hewing a log with our broad axe and finishing using our goosewing. 3. A bit of modified Japanese traditional Shou-sugi-ban (焼杉板) wood burning technique to get a rustic look for rough sawn timber using just a gas flame to burn it at first, a simple hand wire brush for removing the burned surface between the fibres and final treatment with hot linseed oil. We would like to show how fast and simple you can get a natural, beautiful, rustic surface on a frame from some rough sawn timber without even sanding or planing it.
Professor in Civil Engineering at the Virginia Military Institute.
Long time member of the Board of the Timber Framers Guild of North America.
Many of you will know Grigg from Frame and events like the Abingdon Boathouse. Few people know more about lifting heavy things with only a bit of rope and a couple of larch poles. Now you can get to hear what he gets up to in his spare time on the other side of the pond as he talks on the lessons learned from 15 years of volunteer projects at the VMI.
Michael will talk about the history of Japanese saws, types of saw, how to hold and use them, tooth patterns and sharpening. Japanese saws are pull saws, most people know this, however they often find difficulty choosing and using them. The ergonomics and balance of the saw is important. As the saw is used on the pull stroke it is in tension, this means that a thinner plate can be used which in turn means that there is less friction, less material for each individual tooth to cut, but also the saw is more prone to damage. That is why technique is important. All the above applies to factory made saws, but what about hand-made saws? I will also demonstrate some hand-made saws which have all the benefits of a pull saw, but which are more durable and can be re-sharpened. Finally I have a factory made saw that I designed which has a thicker plate and stronger teeth which gives the accuracy of computer cut impulse hardened teeth without the fragility. Saws are for sale and orders can be taken.
SYLVAIN JACOB and PIERRE BANI
Sylvain Jacob is the UK Ireland & Channel Isles, Representative / Charge de Mission
Zone Anglophone, Les Compagnons du Devoir.
Les Compagnons du Devoir (CdD) runs Europe’s oldest apprenticeship scheme. Trades Incorporation of Britain and Ireland (TIBI) is working with CdD to roll out a French style system of apprentice training in the UK starting in the North East. Young people aged over 16 will have the chance to learn key skills such as engineering, joinery, and masonry in apprenticeships. With a growing closeness of the CF and the CdD, and the greater likelihood of British carpenters looking to train in Europe, it seems the right time to have a presentation on the ancient and very thorough apprenticeship system practiced in France.
See how to turn that rusty ebay axe into a decent working tool with the aid of a few simple methods. Rick will show how to grind that awkward goosewing axe into something you can actually work with.
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Unit 7, Cemmaes Road,
Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8LY
I will have the forge going all weekend and will be demonstrating traditional blacksmithing techniques. Then on Sunday Morning CF members can enter an informal competition to make a nail! Nail Making is a great introduction to forge work as it covers many of the core forging techniques; pointing, forming shoulders, cutting and upsetting.