Eric Diven

Eric Diven
Eric Diven

Vermont-based woodworker. Original designs and reproductions. Available for commissions.

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Reticulating splines. 

#whiteash #hickory #cherry #jewelrybox #customjewelrybox #woodworking #miteredbox #splines #reticulatingsplines #simcity2000 #vermontwoodworker #oldbrownglue #makersgonnamake

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Reticulating splines. #whiteash #hickory #cherry #jewelrybox #customjewelrybox #woodworking #miteredbox #splines #reticulatingsplines #simcity2000 #vermontwoodworker #oldbrownglue #makersgonnamake

I love putting offcuts to use! This bit of white oak didn't really have a place in the project I bought the wood for, but it was too pretty to put in the stove. Now it's a drawer front for my drill press stand. Which doesn't have my drill press on top of it right now, but that's another story.

And yes, the drawer is a retrofit. Didn't think about needing a place to store bits when I originally built the stand. With a little leftover Watco on it, the bit of oak really pops against the dimensional lumber and leftover white paint (a terrible color for shop furniture btw) though. You almost don't notice the notches πŸ˜‚

#woodgrain #whiteoak #shoplife  #shopfurniture #retrofit #drawer #savedfromthestove #leftovers #uglybutfunctional

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I love putting offcuts to use! This bit of white oak didn't really have a place in the project I bought the wood for, but it was too pretty to put in the stove. Now it's a drawer front for my drill press stand. Which doesn't have my drill press on top of it right now, but that's another story. And yes, the drawer is a retrofit. Didn't think about needing a place to store bits when I originally built the stand. With a little leftover Watco on it, the bit of oak really pops against the dimensional lumber and leftover white paint (a terrible color for shop furniture btw) though. You almost don't notice the notches πŸ˜‚ #woodgrain #whiteoak #shoplife #shopfurniture #retrofit #drawer #savedfromthestove #leftovers #uglybutfunctional

A little evening woodcarving. My back's killing me. I'll do the other one another day.

These, by the way, are going to support the drawer on @atbree's pandemic desk. She's been patiently awaiting the drawer for almost nine months now πŸ˜‚

Paying work comes first. 

Why put all this effort into something nobody will ever see? Practice!

#woodcarving #pfeiltools #customfurniture #gothictracery #trefoil #whiteash #madebyhand #craft #pandemicdesk #practice #practicemakesperfect #scrollsaw #scrollsawart #vermontwoodworker #vermontwoodworking

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A little evening woodcarving. My back's killing me. I'll do the other one another day. These, by the way, are going to support the drawer on @atbree's pandemic desk. She's been patiently awaiting the drawer for almost nine months now πŸ˜‚ Paying work comes first. Why put all this effort into something nobody will ever see? Practice! #woodcarving #pfeiltools #customfurniture #gothictracery #trefoil #whiteash #madebyhand #craft #pandemicdesk #practice #practicemakesperfect #scrollsaw #scrollsawart #vermontwoodworker #vermontwoodworking

This saw is ancient, but awesome. I don't do a lot of scrolling, so when it came up on Craigslist last year for short money, I jumped on it.

How is it? Pretty good. I've used one of the purple era Excaliburs, and I like the blade clamp on this one better. I wouldn't mind a foot switch or variable speed, but I manage. As near as I can tell, there's also no equivalent adjustment on this to reduce the fore and aft motion of the blade. 

Still, it's a nice saw, and I have plenty of practice left before I outgrow it. 

Now, on to carving these pieces!

#oldiebutgoodie #excaliburscrollsaw #excalibur #scrollsaw #whiteash #customfurniture #justcallmekingarthur

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This saw is ancient, but awesome. I don't do a lot of scrolling, so when it came up on Craigslist last year for short money, I jumped on it. How is it? Pretty good. I've used one of the purple era Excaliburs, and I like the blade clamp on this one better. I wouldn't mind a foot switch or variable speed, but I manage. As near as I can tell, there's also no equivalent adjustment on this to reduce the fore and aft motion of the blade. Still, it's a nice saw, and I have plenty of practice left before I outgrow it. Now, on to carving these pieces! #oldiebutgoodie #excaliburscrollsaw #excalibur #scrollsaw #whiteash #customfurniture #justcallmekingarthur

Sure! I mean, you could fume my nephew in the unlikely event that you could get him to sit still long enough....

More to the point: yes, the color will change. Red oak has a lower tannin content than white oak, so the color change is less dramatic. I pre-treated the left side of the top piece with tea to raise the tannin content prior to fuming it. I like that look better than the untreated side on the right. It's hard to see in the picture, but there's still a pink tone in the untreated side.

This is as far as either side will go. I cut off the ends and threw the big piece back in the bucket. There's been no change in24 hours.

Also: you can do this with household ammonia. You don't need the high test janitorial strength stuff. It just takes a little longer. This is 4 days of fuming (but the cut off ends were 3).

Next step: see what happens with some finish on top!

#redoak #ammonia #whiteoak #woodfinishing #woodstain #woodstaining #experiment #tannin #ammoniafuming #customfurniture #custommade #artsandcraftsfurniture

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Sure! I mean, you could fume my nephew in the unlikely event that you could get him to sit still long enough.... More to the point: yes, the color will change. Red oak has a lower tannin content than white oak, so the color change is less dramatic. I pre-treated the left side of the top piece with tea to raise the tannin content prior to fuming it. I like that look better than the untreated side on the right. It's hard to see in the picture, but there's still a pink tone in the untreated side. This is as far as either side will go. I cut off the ends and threw the big piece back in the bucket. There's been no change in24 hours. Also: you can do this with household ammonia. You don't need the high test janitorial strength stuff. It just takes a little longer. This is 4 days of fuming (but the cut off ends were 3). Next step: see what happens with some finish on top! #redoak #ammonia #whiteoak #woodfinishing #woodstain #woodstaining #experiment #tannin #ammoniafuming #customfurniture #custommade #artsandcraftsfurniture

How do we like the pull on the drawer? That's a @hortonbrasses MS-29. Or rather, it's the photo of the pull from their website scaled to life- size, printed, and taped to the drawer front. Once I decide on finish, I'll pick between the available finishes and order up some real ones!

Or if you're cheap, nobody will know the difference in a head on photo you took with your phone πŸ˜‚

#artsandcraftsfurniture #artsandcraftsnightstands #mockup #handmadefurniture #woodgrain #quartersawn #customfurniture #customfurnituremaker #designermaker #hortonbrasses #onenightstand #vermontwoodworker #handcutdovetails #craft

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How do we like the pull on the drawer? That's a @hortonbrasses MS-29. Or rather, it's the photo of the pull from their website scaled to life- size, printed, and taped to the drawer front. Once I decide on finish, I'll pick between the available finishes and order up some real ones! Or if you're cheap, nobody will know the difference in a head on photo you took with your phone πŸ˜‚ #artsandcraftsfurniture #artsandcraftsnightstands #mockup #handmadefurniture #woodgrain #quartersawn #customfurniture #customfurnituremaker #designermaker #hortonbrasses #onenightstand #vermontwoodworker #handcutdovetails #craft

Thank you, Phil for two incredible years. You left us too soon at a time when we all need somebody deft at seeing how to combine rudimentary tasks, skilled at putting things together, thoughtful and intentional at repairing fragile things, generous about sharing your experience, and with a lifelong humility and enthusiasm for learning. 

My two years at @thefurnitureinstituteofma were two of the best years of my life. The chance to learn from Phil and the other students was a privilege and an honor I'll never forget.

Rest In Peace. Your memory will live forever in the hands you trained in your life's work and passion.

Thank you.

Eric Diven

Thank you, Phil for two incredible years. You left us too soon at a time when we all need somebody deft at seeing how to combine rudimentary tasks, skilled at putting things together, thoughtful and intentional at repairing fragile things, generous about sharing your experience, and with a lifelong humility and enthusiasm for learning. My two years at @thefurnitureinstituteofma were two of the best years of my life. The chance to learn from Phil and the other students was a privilege and an honor I'll never forget. Rest In Peace. Your memory will live forever in the hands you trained in your life's work and passion. Thank you.

I've found that I really enjoy cutting tapered sliding dovetail joints.

A straight sliding dovetail is a total pain to get the fit dialed in. There's a fine line between won't go together and won't hold for shit. The tapered version snugs tight as it goes together and while you certainly have to think through your layout and then hit it for an accurate joint, it's pretty forgiving because of how it tightens as you drive home.

#artsandcraftsnightstands #artsandcraftsfurniture #customfurniture #designermaker #handtoolwoodworking #precision #craft #finewoodworking #handcrafted #handcutdovetails #whitepine #quartersawn #redoak #madeinvermont #vermontwoodworker

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I've found that I really enjoy cutting tapered sliding dovetail joints. A straight sliding dovetail is a total pain to get the fit dialed in. There's a fine line between won't go together and won't hold for shit. The tapered version snugs tight as it goes together and while you certainly have to think through your layout and then hit it for an accurate joint, it's pretty forgiving because of how it tightens as you drive home. #artsandcraftsnightstands #artsandcraftsfurniture #customfurniture #designermaker #handtoolwoodworking #precision #craft #finewoodworking #handcrafted #handcutdovetails #whitepine #quartersawn #redoak #madeinvermont #vermontwoodworker

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Handscrews. Is there anything they can't do? Now off to make a chair with the cork, cage, and foil. Or maybe that's a tomorrow problem? #champagne #cava #clamp #clamps #jorgensenclamps #🍾

@atbree: can you please grind me coffee for the week?
Me: ... Yes!

Reviews are always focused on such trivialities as "how many deck screws can I fire into PT on one charge?", when the important question is "how much coffee can I grind on one charge?"

#makitatools #makitapowertools #cordlessdrill #coffeegrinder #coffee #coffeetime #freshground #freshgroundcoffee  #coffeebeans #coffeetimerightfuckingnow #yolo #ivoidwarranties #lifehacks #tooltiptuesday #badideaorbestidea

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@atbree: can you please grind me coffee for the week? Me: ... Yes! Reviews are always focused on such trivialities as "how many deck screws can I fire into PT on one charge?", when the important question is "how much coffee can I grind on one charge?" #makitatools #makitapowertools #cordlessdrill #coffeegrinder #coffee #coffeetime #freshground #freshgroundcoffee #coffeebeans #coffeetimerightfuckingnow #yolo #ivoidwarranties #lifehacks #tooltiptuesday #badideaorbestidea

Meanwhile, back at the shop, the bookcase is assembled and awaiting finish.

I think one of my favorite things about white pine, besides how it works and ages, is the fact that I can get 16" wide boards locally. And that's not a special order. A guy with a sawmill near me just has that kind of material in stock, rough sawn and kiln dried. 

 I love the reclaimed accent on this piece. I've been carting it around since I built a table for @shroom_mush and his family, looking for the right piece to use it on. 

#customfurniture #reclaimedwood #reclaimedlumber #handhewn #barnwood #design #interiordesign #customfurniture #customfurnituremaker #bookshelves #bookshelf #whitepine #widepine #vermont #vermontwoodworker

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Meanwhile, back at the shop, the bookcase is assembled and awaiting finish. I think one of my favorite things about white pine, besides how it works and ages, is the fact that I can get 16" wide boards locally. And that's not a special order. A guy with a sawmill near me just has that kind of material in stock, rough sawn and kiln dried. I love the reclaimed accent on this piece. I've been carting it around since I built a table for @shroom_mush and his family, looking for the right piece to use it on. #customfurniture #reclaimedwood #reclaimedlumber #handhewn #barnwood #design #interiordesign #customfurniture #customfurnituremaker #bookshelves #bookshelf #whitepine #widepine #vermont #vermontwoodworker

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Snow day! Doing some work from home after shoveling out the cars. The work at the shop can wait for a day. #snowday #winteriscoming #dudewheresmycar #vermont #vermontlife #snow #snowshovel #powderday #winterwonderland

Those curves shelves from last week are all assembled into a bookcase, and I just fitted the reclaimed wood accent. I'm starting to get excited about how this one's coming together!

#reclaimedwood #handhewn #barnwood #easternwhitepine #design #designermaker #customfurniture #customfurnituredesign #woodworker #bookshelf #vermontwoodworker

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Those curves shelves from last week are all assembled into a bookcase, and I just fitted the reclaimed wood accent. I'm starting to get excited about how this one's coming together! #reclaimedwood #handhewn #barnwood #easternwhitepine #design #designermaker #customfurniture #customfurnituredesign #woodworker #bookshelf #vermontwoodworker

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When your pipe clamps end up being a couple inches short, 6" nipples and couplers are a lifesaver. Looking forward to getting this bookcase done, delivered, and paid for. And in case hashtagging this "nipples" doesn't get it flagged, here are a few more plumbing terms: discharge head, packing nut, and ballcock. #clamps #glueup #bookcase #customfurniture #custommade #woodworker #woodworking #designermaker #vermontwoodworking #vermontwoodworker #nipples

@atbree made me a special cookie! I think this pretty well sums up how the year has gone. Let's hope the next one is a lot better. 

#fuck2020 #baking #gingerbreadcookies

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@atbree made me a special cookie! I think this pretty well sums up how the year has gone. Let's hope the next one is a lot better. #fuck2020 #baking #gingerbreadcookies

If it's stupid, but it works, it's not stupid, right?

The Domino fares pretty poorly without dust collection, usually cutting tapered mortises. Lacking a proper adaptor, a little duct tape gets the job done.

Maybe over the holidays I'll model a part for this and 3D print it. 

#shoplife #festool #festooldomino #rigidtools #woodworker #woodworking #ducttape #ducttapeisliketheforce #vermontwoodworker

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If it's stupid, but it works, it's not stupid, right? The Domino fares pretty poorly without dust collection, usually cutting tapered mortises. Lacking a proper adaptor, a little duct tape gets the job done. Maybe over the holidays I'll model a part for this and 3D print it. #shoplife #festool #festooldomino #rigidtools #woodworker #woodworking #ducttape #ducttapeisliketheforce #vermontwoodworker

Bookshelf project underway! These are the shelves. There are a lot of ways to tweak an otherwise strictly functional design to add some visual interest to a piece without. A little asymmetry and some curves can do that without the piece becoming so loud that it tries to become the center of attention in a room.

#customfurniture #design #interiordesign #designermaker #furnituremaker #whitepine #bookshelf #workinprogress

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Bookshelf project underway! These are the shelves. There are a lot of ways to tweak an otherwise strictly functional design to add some visual interest to a piece without. A little asymmetry and some curves can do that without the piece becoming so loud that it tries to become the center of attention in a room. #customfurniture #design #interiordesign #designermaker #furnituremaker #whitepine #bookshelf #workinprogress

#tooltiptuesday: if something's a hassle, fix it! You're a maker, you know how to make things! Use those skills to make your life easier. 

Getting the barrel adaptor off of the barrel was a nuisance because there was no place to get fingers in between the pieces. Solution: add handles. Done. 

#dustcollector #woodshop #woodworker #woodworking #shoplife #fixedit

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#tooltiptuesday: if something's a hassle, fix it! You're a maker, you know how to make things! Use those skills to make your life easier. Getting the barrel adaptor off of the barrel was a nuisance because there was no place to get fingers in between the pieces. Solution: add handles. Done. #dustcollector #woodshop #woodworker #woodworking #shoplife #fixedit

@burnheartmade: I stole your stove and found a pan for in front of the door. Your move 🀣

#gonnahavetostartlockingthedoor

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@burnheartmade: I stole your stove and found a pan for in front of the door. Your move 🀣 #gonnahavetostartlockingthedoor

A quick little boarded chest to keep our kindling in, and maybe be a spare seat if we ever have guests over again.

Cleanup, assembly, and finishing still to do, but I wanted to see the overall proportions before I kept going.

I'm torn: should I add moulding and feet on the front, or leave it as-is?

A couple of wooden handles are definitely on tap for the sides; having a way to lift this will be vital when we want to use it as a little bench.

#boardedfurniture #anarchistsdesignbook #furnitureofnecessity #easternwhitepine #blackcherry #pinusstrobus #prunusserotina #customfurniture #customfurnituremaker #design #interiordesign #workinprogress #shoptime #woodworker #woodworking

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A quick little boarded chest to keep our kindling in, and maybe be a spare seat if we ever have guests over again. Cleanup, assembly, and finishing still to do, but I wanted to see the overall proportions before I kept going. I'm torn: should I add moulding and feet on the front, or leave it as-is? A couple of wooden handles are definitely on tap for the sides; having a way to lift this will be vital when we want to use it as a little bench. #boardedfurniture #anarchistsdesignbook #furnitureofnecessity #easternwhitepine #blackcherry #pinusstrobus #prunusserotina #customfurniture #customfurnituremaker #design #interiordesign #workinprogress #shoptime #woodworker #woodworking

State of the shop, uh, Sunday: it looks like the wind was blowing from the east when it was snowing yesterday.

I've had the band saw out on the porch since pretty early in the pandemic. I put it in my sister-in-law's barn after we moved and set up my bench at @claremontmakerspace. I grabbed the bench when they closed and went and retrieved the saw so I'd be able to get some work done at home.

Claremont has since reopened, but we're leaving things set up at home until things are actually under control. If you told me in April I'd be clearing snow off the bandsaw in December, I probably would have thought you were pulling my leg, but here we are.

If you're an essential worker, thank you for everything you've done this year. It's been a long one. 

#deltamachine #owwm #stateoftheshopsunday #snow #bandsaw #deltabandsaw #woodworker #woodworking #customfurniture #customfurnituremaker #vermont #vermontwoodworker

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State of the shop, uh, Sunday: it looks like the wind was blowing from the east when it was snowing yesterday. I've had the band saw out on the porch since pretty early in the pandemic. I put it in my sister-in-law's barn after we moved and set up my bench at @claremontmakerspace. I grabbed the bench when they closed and went and retrieved the saw so I'd be able to get some work done at home. Claremont has since reopened, but we're leaving things set up at home until things are actually under control. If you told me in April I'd be clearing snow off the bandsaw in December, I probably would have thought you were pulling my leg, but here we are. If you're an essential worker, thank you for everything you've done this year. It's been a long one. #deltamachine #owwm #stateoftheshopsunday #snow #bandsaw #deltabandsaw #woodworker #woodworking #customfurniture #customfurnituremaker #vermont #vermontwoodworker

Looking forward to an easier job getting firewood to the house this winter!

@atbree points out that I should have put the steps closer together for people with normal-sized feet. This is going to work for me and Sasquatch. 

Why not plywood or a 2x10? Well, I had all the 2x3 leftover from another project, and I'd have to put cleats on a solid deck anyway. Hopefully this will be easier to clear of snow. 

And really, who hasn't wanted to try building stairs?

I mortised the treads into the stringers with my router, glued and screwed 'em. Fun little project to try out routing with a template bushing and pattern. 

#vermont #vermontlife #woodheat #firewood #carpentry #stairbuilding #woodworker #woodworking #mortiseandtenon #router

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Looking forward to an easier job getting firewood to the house this winter! @atbree points out that I should have put the steps closer together for people with normal-sized feet. This is going to work for me and Sasquatch. Why not plywood or a 2x10? Well, I had all the 2x3 leftover from another project, and I'd have to put cleats on a solid deck anyway. Hopefully this will be easier to clear of snow. And really, who hasn't wanted to try building stairs? I mortised the treads into the stringers with my router, glued and screwed 'em. Fun little project to try out routing with a template bushing and pattern. #vermont #vermontlife #woodheat #firewood #carpentry #stairbuilding #woodworker #woodworking #mortiseandtenon #router

I have a confession to make: every friggin' time I draw, design, or build a drawer, I have to pull out one I've already built to remind myself how the back end goes together so the groove doesn't show.

I guess you could say I need to get more familiar with the back side of my drawers πŸ˜‰

Anybody else have a woodworking confession they want to make?

#drafting #manualdrafting #design #handmade #dovetails #handcutdovetails #furnituremaker #designermaker #blackwalnut #hickory #customwoodworking #vermontwoodworker

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I have a confession to make: every friggin' time I draw, design, or build a drawer, I have to pull out one I've already built to remind myself how the back end goes together so the groove doesn't show. I guess you could say I need to get more familiar with the back side of my drawers πŸ˜‰ Anybody else have a woodworking confession they want to make? #drafting #manualdrafting #design #handmade #dovetails #handcutdovetails #furnituremaker #designermaker #blackwalnut #hickory #customwoodworking #vermontwoodworker

Pulled out the Sewhandy to finish the job. Incredibly, it has a bigger harp than the White, despite being an absolutely pint-sized machine. More importantly for this job, it's smaller at the faceplate, which makes a big difference sewing a pair of pants inside out. It's also a rotary, and it sews absolutely beautifully, and faster than I can keep up. Love this machine!

And mine was born in Cleveland, just like me.

The exact relationship between the Sewhandy and the Singer Featherweight is complicated. Not least because Standard went through at least two mergers or acquisitions around the time these were being made, the second by Singer. The two machines definitely share some DNA though, and Standard was selling these 5 years or so before Singer put out the 221/222. 

#madeincleveland #clevelandpride #clevelandoh #sewing #mending #sewhandy #standardsewingmachine  #singer221 #singerfeatherweight

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Pulled out the Sewhandy to finish the job. Incredibly, it has a bigger harp than the White, despite being an absolutely pint-sized machine. More importantly for this job, it's smaller at the faceplate, which makes a big difference sewing a pair of pants inside out. It's also a rotary, and it sews absolutely beautifully, and faster than I can keep up. Love this machine! And mine was born in Cleveland, just like me. The exact relationship between the Sewhandy and the Singer Featherweight is complicated. Not least because Standard went through at least two mergers or acquisitions around the time these were being made, the second by Singer. The two machines definitely share some DNA though, and Standard was selling these 5 years or so before Singer put out the 221/222. #madeincleveland #clevelandpride #clevelandoh #sewing #mending #sewhandy #standardsewingmachine #singer221 #singerfeatherweight

Apart from the fact that it isn't made of cast iron, doesn't have a black japanned finish, has the world's least ergonomic needle lift, no space under the harp, the smallest free arm the FTC will let you get away with advertising, and isn't made with pride in Cleveland, Ohio, this is a remarkably good sewing machine!

And since neither my 15-90 nor my Sewhandy (which *was* made with pride in Cleveland) zigzags, it's the one I'm using to patch the knees on this pair of Carhartts.

Fun fact: The White trucks you see in the roads were made by a company spun off from the White Sewing Machine Company, which was headquartered in Cleveland, and manufactured there for a long time. Standard also manufactured machines in Cleveland, which means Cleveland had at least two sewing machine factories in its proud history. Cleveland rocks, and don't you forget it!

#sewing #mending #carhartt #carharttpants #whitesewingmachine #whitetrucks #clevelandpride #clevelandohio #industrialhistory #sewinghistory #gotribe #clevelandrocks #singer15 #sewhandy

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Apart from the fact that it isn't made of cast iron, doesn't have a black japanned finish, has the world's least ergonomic needle lift, no space under the harp, the smallest free arm the FTC will let you get away with advertising, and isn't made with pride in Cleveland, Ohio, this is a remarkably good sewing machine! And since neither my 15-90 nor my Sewhandy (which *was* made with pride in Cleveland) zigzags, it's the one I'm using to patch the knees on this pair of Carhartts. Fun fact: The White trucks you see in the roads were made by a company spun off from the White Sewing Machine Company, which was headquartered in Cleveland, and manufactured there for a long time. Standard also manufactured machines in Cleveland, which means Cleveland had at least two sewing machine factories in its proud history. Cleveland rocks, and don't you forget it! #sewing #mending #carhartt #carharttpants #whitesewingmachine #whitetrucks #clevelandpride #clevelandohio #industrialhistory #sewinghistory #gotribe #clevelandrocks #singer15 #sewhandy

You didn't think I was going to leave them unfrosted did you?!

I worked at @cinnabon one summer of my misspent youth, and while that was almost 20 years ago, it's like riding a bike.

And yes, these really are sourdough. @atbree got a starter from a friend a while ago and has been baking up a storm since then. I talked her into making a couple batches of dough for the raisin bread she's been baking us for treats, and the internet filled in the gaps on the rest. Turns out, you aren't allowed to operate the 60 quart mixer at Cinnabon until you're 18. Who knew?

#cinnamonrolls #stillgotit #likeridingabike #creamcheesefrosting #sourdough #cinnabon #dough #raisinbread #baking #thanksgiving

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You didn't think I was going to leave them unfrosted did you?! I worked at @cinnabon one summer of my misspent youth, and while that was almost 20 years ago, it's like riding a bike. And yes, these really are sourdough. @atbree got a starter from a friend a while ago and has been baking up a storm since then. I talked her into making a couple batches of dough for the raisin bread she's been baking us for treats, and the internet filled in the gaps on the rest. Turns out, you aren't allowed to operate the 60 quart mixer at Cinnabon until you're 18. Who knew? #cinnamonrolls #stillgotit #likeridingabike #creamcheesefrosting #sourdough #cinnabon #dough #raisinbread #baking #thanksgiving

2020 has been a shitter for reasons I think we're all familiar with (and thoroughly sick of) by now. But that doesn't mean that there hasn't been a lot to be thankful for.

Since we aren't traveling to celebrate with friends this year, @atbree and I did the next best thing: We made cinnamon rolls and distributed them to our neighbors this morning (well, early afternoon, if I'm honest).

This is how we can spread joy this year, and while we miss our friends, we're in this with everybody, most of all the people near us. So if you can find a way to do it safely, reach out to those people, bring them some joy (and delicious baked goods), and remember that community is the product of a number of acts small and large over time.

Community, like love, isn't something we have. It's something we do.

We'll get through this year by continuing to choose to do community with our neighbors. We don't have to like or agree with everything they do, but we can choose to be civil, generous, and kind, and in doing so build resilience and connections that bend when stressed, but not break.

After @nickofferman wrote about Wendell Berry on the @lostartpress blog some years ago, I spent a fair few commutes on the subway reading Berry's writing. There are layer upon layers in his books, but one of the most revelatory and relevant things for me is his use of "neighbor" as a verb. If we're intentional about neighboring together (safely) through this, we'll come out the other side, wounded perhaps, grieving perhaps, but OK in some way.

#cinnamonrolls #thanksgiving #community #neighbors #neighboring #wendellberry #baking #sourdough

Eric Diven

2020 has been a shitter for reasons I think we're all familiar with (and thoroughly sick of) by now. But that doesn't mean that there hasn't been a lot to be thankful for. Since we aren't traveling to celebrate with friends this year, @atbree and I did the next best thing: We made cinnamon rolls and distributed them to our neighbors this morning (well, early afternoon, if I'm honest). This is how we can spread joy this year, and while we miss our friends, we're in this with everybody, most of all the people near us. So if you can find a way to do it safely, reach out to those people, bring them some joy (and delicious baked goods), and remember that community is the product of a number of acts small and large over time. Community, like love, isn't something we have. It's something we do. We'll get through this year by continuing to choose to do community with our neighbors. We don't have to like or agree with everything they do, but we can choose to be civil, generous, and kind, and in doing so build resilience and connections that bend when stressed, but not break. After @nickofferman wrote about Wendell Berry on the @lostartpress blog some years ago, I spent a fair few commutes on the subway reading Berry's writing. There are layer upon layers in his books, but one of the most revelatory and relevant things for me is his use of "neighbor" as a verb. If we're intentional about neighboring together (safely) through this, we'll come out the other side, wounded perhaps, grieving perhaps, but OK in some way. #cinnamonrolls #thanksgiving #community #neighbors #neighboring #wendellberry #baking #sourdough

Sneak peek of the second arts and crafts gossip bench before it goes out for glamour shots! I love the figure of quartersawn white oak, but who doesn't, really?

A while back I delivered an Arts and Crafts style gossip bench to a customer. I had liked the design well enough to build a second, and now I'm finally getting around to finishing it up. A couple coats of Waterlox, and it'll be ready to start earning its keep as a place to sit and take off your shoes at our back door. 

I really like the form, and I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to experiment with it.  I think it's wonderful when people see the potential for an old form to solve a problem in their life.

#artsandcrafts #artsandcraftsfurniture #artsandcraftsmovement #artsandcraftsstyle #customfurniture #interiordesign #designermaker #vermontwoodworking #vermontwoodworker #woodgrain #woodfinishing #whiteoak #medularyrays #quercusalba

Eric Diven

Sneak peek of the second arts and crafts gossip bench before it goes out for glamour shots! I love the figure of quartersawn white oak, but who doesn't, really? A while back I delivered an Arts and Crafts style gossip bench to a customer. I had liked the design well enough to build a second, and now I'm finally getting around to finishing it up. A couple coats of Waterlox, and it'll be ready to start earning its keep as a place to sit and take off your shoes at our back door. I really like the form, and I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to experiment with it. I think it's wonderful when people see the potential for an old form to solve a problem in their life. #artsandcrafts #artsandcraftsfurniture #artsandcraftsmovement #artsandcraftsstyle #customfurniture #interiordesign #designermaker #vermontwoodworking #vermontwoodworker #woodgrain #woodfinishing #whiteoak #medularyrays #quercusalba

Beautiful day to be working outside.

#chainsaw #husqvarna #sharpening #husqvarna238sg #oldiebutgoodie #winteriscoming #vermont #vermontlife #woodburning #firewood

Eric Diven

Beautiful day to be working outside. #chainsaw #husqvarna #sharpening #husqvarna238sg #oldiebutgoodie #winteriscoming #vermont #vermontlife #woodburning #firewood

Did I mention this stuff strips beautifully with a card scraper? Because it does, and it's both way faster and cleaner than sanding, and it doesn't have the health and safety issues of chemical stripper.

#fluffyshavings #vermontnaturalcoatings #refinishing #stripping #furniturerefinishing #cardscraper #sharp

Eric Diven

Did I mention this stuff strips beautifully with a card scraper? Because it does, and it's both way faster and cleaner than sanding, and it doesn't have the health and safety issues of chemical stripper. #fluffyshavings #vermontnaturalcoatings #refinishing #stripping #furniturerefinishing #cardscraper #sharp

After a couple of years in service, I'd like to report on how @vermontnaturalcoatings worked on our dining table. Generally, great! It's done a great job withstanding all the usual rigors people subject their dining room tables to: hot pans, spills of fatty, watery, and alcoholic substances, etc.

We did end up with one weird problem, likely self inflicted. Besides dining, this is also my drafting table, with the addition of a piece of plywood. I coated said plywood with Vermont Natural Coatings, let it dry, and then put it on top of the table. When I was done drafting and put it away, I had some bluish clouding in the table top finish that has not gone away. I'm guessing the finish was dry to touch, but not fully cured, and something from the new finish got into the old?

As this is one of the projects I have the worst pictures of anyway and plan to reshoot, I'm stripping the old finish (it comes off beautifully with a card scraper) and refinishing it, again with Vermont Natural Coatings. I do like the stuff, and after having used it on a few more projects, I've gotten to know its personality and gotten better at applying it.

If you're going to use it, two things you should know:

1) It's hard to get all of the flatting agent to go back into suspension. Strain it, or you'll end up with granules of flatting agent in your finish.
2) The matte (only available in the floor finish) tends to burnish in use changing the sheen slightly. On a floor or on a lighter colored piece you'd likely not notice. I'm going with the satin this time, and I'll report back in a couple of years how it looks!

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#handtoolthursday #whitewhaletable #shousugiban #whiteash #woodfinishing #diningroomtable #customtable #vermontwoodworker #vermontnaturalcoatings #woodgrain #customdiningtable #customfurnituremaker #madebyhand

Eric Diven

After a couple of years in service, I'd like to report on how @vermontnaturalcoatings worked on our dining table. Generally, great! It's done a great job withstanding all the usual rigors people subject their dining room tables to: hot pans, spills of fatty, watery, and alcoholic substances, etc. We did end up with one weird problem, likely self inflicted. Besides dining, this is also my drafting table, with the addition of a piece of plywood. I coated said plywood with Vermont Natural Coatings, let it dry, and then put it on top of the table. When I was done drafting and put it away, I had some bluish clouding in the table top finish that has not gone away. I'm guessing the finish was dry to touch, but not fully cured, and something from the new finish got into the old? As this is one of the projects I have the worst pictures of anyway and plan to reshoot, I'm stripping the old finish (it comes off beautifully with a card scraper) and refinishing it, again with Vermont Natural Coatings. I do like the stuff, and after having used it on a few more projects, I've gotten to know its personality and gotten better at applying it. If you're going to use it, two things you should know: 1) It's hard to get all of the flatting agent to go back into suspension. Strain it, or you'll end up with granules of flatting agent in your finish. 2) The matte (only available in the floor finish) tends to burnish in use changing the sheen slightly. On a floor or on a lighter colored piece you'd likely not notice. I'm going with the satin this time, and I'll report back in a couple of years how it looks! . . . #handtoolthursday #whitewhaletable #shousugiban #whiteash #woodfinishing #diningroomtable #customtable #vermontwoodworker #vermontnaturalcoatings #woodgrain #customdiningtable #customfurnituremaker #madebyhand

Back from a week of backpacking vacation and getting things back in order. Gas cartridges are steel, but can't be recycled unless they're rendered inert. So, uh, that's what I'm doing. After making sure the canister is fully burned out. 

If you use a galvanized nail, it's technically non-sparking!

#safetythird #backpacking #recycling #donttellosha #inert #propaneandpropaneaccessories

Eric Diven

Back from a week of backpacking vacation and getting things back in order. Gas cartridges are steel, but can't be recycled unless they're rendered inert. So, uh, that's what I'm doing. After making sure the canister is fully burned out. If you use a galvanized nail, it's technically non-sparking! #safetythird #backpacking #recycling #donttellosha #inert #propaneandpropaneaccessories

Fitting a drawer front into an opening that came out a hair out of square. I guess you could do this with the table saw with some careful setup, but a couple of swipes with a hand plane lets you approach the problem iteratively and sneak up on the absolutely perfect fit.

And really, is there anything more satisfying than end grain shavings?

#handtools #handtoolwoodworking #stanleyplanes #sharp #redoak #woodshavings #endgrain #artsandcraftsstyle #artsandcraftsfurniture #twonightstands #customfurniture #handmade #vermontwoodworker

Eric Diven

Fitting a drawer front into an opening that came out a hair out of square. I guess you could do this with the table saw with some careful setup, but a couple of swipes with a hand plane lets you approach the problem iteratively and sneak up on the absolutely perfect fit. And really, is there anything more satisfying than end grain shavings? #handtools #handtoolwoodworking #stanleyplanes #sharp #redoak #woodshavings #endgrain #artsandcraftsstyle #artsandcraftsfurniture #twonightstands #customfurniture #handmade #vermontwoodworker

Out with the old, in with the new!

#oldbrownglue

Eric Diven

Out with the old, in with the new! #oldbrownglue

Eric Diven

With apologies to Avenue Q: Two night stands One night stand #artsandcraftsfurniture #mortiseandtenon #joinery #craft #handcutdovetails #redoak #customfurniture #designermaker #interiordesign #custombedroomsets #twonightstands #onenightstand #avenueq

Claremont MakerSpace
I'm pretty sure there's a nightstand under all those clamps. Somewhere.

What makes complex glue-ups easy and stress free? Old Brown Glue, of course. #iputthatshitoneverything 

#customfurniture #artsandcraftsfurniture #design #designermaker #custom #craft #custommade #joinery #mortiseandtenon #redoak #quartersawn #clampsonclampsonclamps #vermontwoodworker #handmade #handcutdovetails #oldbrownglue

Eric Diven

I'm pretty sure there's a nightstand under all those clamps. Somewhere. What makes complex glue-ups easy and stress free? Old Brown Glue, of course. #iputthatshitoneverything #customfurniture #artsandcraftsfurniture #design #designermaker #custom #craft #custommade #joinery #mortiseandtenon #redoak #quartersawn #clampsonclampsonclamps #vermontwoodworker #handmade #handcutdovetails #oldbrownglue

The 2020 Biennial Members Exhibition @fullercraft is only on for another 3 weeks. If you're in the Boston area and you'd like to see this piece and a whole lot more excellent work in person, get there by November 8th.

Better yet, if you want to *buy* this piece, you'll be supporting an important local cultural institution during this really tough year. The Fuller Craft Museum exhibits work that's timely, personal, and relevant in a beautiful setting. Everybody's taking a beating this year, but we'll get through this if we help each other out.

If you aren't in the Boston area, please go seek out a local museum and support them by visiting or whatever other way feels appropriate.
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#cabinetonstand #hickory #blackwalnut #walnut #bookmatch #bookmatched #veneer #customfurniture #design #designer #designermaker #woodworking #woodworker #custom #bespoke #handcutdovetails #craft #vermontwoodworker #brockton #brocktonma #somervillema #forsale

Eric Diven

The 2020 Biennial Members Exhibition @fullercraft is only on for another 3 weeks. If you're in the Boston area and you'd like to see this piece and a whole lot more excellent work in person, get there by November 8th. Better yet, if you want to *buy* this piece, you'll be supporting an important local cultural institution during this really tough year. The Fuller Craft Museum exhibits work that's timely, personal, and relevant in a beautiful setting. Everybody's taking a beating this year, but we'll get through this if we help each other out. If you aren't in the Boston area, please go seek out a local museum and support them by visiting or whatever other way feels appropriate. . . . . #cabinetonstand #hickory #blackwalnut #walnut #bookmatch #bookmatched #veneer #customfurniture #design #designer #designermaker #woodworking #woodworker #custom #bespoke #handcutdovetails #craft #vermontwoodworker #brockton #brocktonma #somervillema #forsale

As it turns out, I live about an hour from the nearest shelter on the Appalachian Trail. By foot, from my front door.

As a result, I stop by semi-regularly when I go out for a hike. With disappointing regularity, I end up hiking out various detritus, most of which never should have been taken on a backpacking trip in the first place. But if you've taken it to your campsite, please, please, take it back out with you. I *know* it's heavy (I carried it out, after all), but if you don't carry it out, somebody else will have to do it. Or it'll accumulate and ruin the place for everybody.

Nice shelters, campsites, and privies don't happen by themselves. They're the result of countless hours of mostly unpaid work by trail maintaining clubs and the efforts of anybody who has ever packed out somebody else's trash. 

And no, your 600 gram shit shovel and 800 gram mostly full canister of propane are not "trail magic". They're just trash. I don't even own a camp stove that takes these cylinders (even for car camping), and my shit shovel is a 30 gram snow stake. That means I can bury my poop AND stake out 2 WHOLE TENTS in the snow for the same weight as your shovel.

Lastly, a big thanks to the maintainers who have been keeping things going this year. I noticed a new sign and some new water bars on my hike. Your work is appreciated and noticed.

#appalachiantrail #hiker #thruhiker #atclassof2010 #vermonthiker #leavenotrace #carryincarryout #greenmountainclub  #shitshovel #alliteration #packitout #packitinpackitout #packitoutevenifyoudidntpackitin #notwoodworking

Eric Diven

As it turns out, I live about an hour from the nearest shelter on the Appalachian Trail. By foot, from my front door. As a result, I stop by semi-regularly when I go out for a hike. With disappointing regularity, I end up hiking out various detritus, most of which never should have been taken on a backpacking trip in the first place. But if you've taken it to your campsite, please, please, take it back out with you. I *know* it's heavy (I carried it out, after all), but if you don't carry it out, somebody else will have to do it. Or it'll accumulate and ruin the place for everybody. Nice shelters, campsites, and privies don't happen by themselves. They're the result of countless hours of mostly unpaid work by trail maintaining clubs and the efforts of anybody who has ever packed out somebody else's trash. And no, your 600 gram shit shovel and 800 gram mostly full canister of propane are not "trail magic". They're just trash. I don't even own a camp stove that takes these cylinders (even for car camping), and my shit shovel is a 30 gram snow stake. That means I can bury my poop AND stake out 2 WHOLE TENTS in the snow for the same weight as your shovel. Lastly, a big thanks to the maintainers who have been keeping things going this year. I noticed a new sign and some new water bars on my hike. Your work is appreciated and noticed. #appalachiantrail #hiker #thruhiker #atclassof2010 #vermonthiker #leavenotrace #carryincarryout #greenmountainclub #shitshovel #alliteration #packitout #packitinpackitout #packitoutevenifyoudidntpackitin #notwoodworking

A pair of Arts and Crafts style gossip benches ready for finish. I'm grateful to have @claremontmakerspace nearby; it's been a great place to work and it's home to a welcoming and supportive community of makers.

I think @larissa.huff did a great job of putting into words how I've been feeling about posting on instagram lately. I'd encourage you to go and read her recent post with the hexagonal box.

#artsandcraftsfurniture #artsandcraftsgossipbench  #gossipbench #joinery #whiteoak #madebyhand #customfurniture #woodworker #vermontwoodworker #newhampshirewoodworker #vote

Eric Diven

A pair of Arts and Crafts style gossip benches ready for finish. I'm grateful to have @claremontmakerspace nearby; it's been a great place to work and it's home to a welcoming and supportive community of makers. I think @larissa.huff did a great job of putting into words how I've been feeling about posting on instagram lately. I'd encourage you to go and read her recent post with the hexagonal box. #artsandcraftsfurniture #artsandcraftsgossipbench #gossipbench #joinery #whiteoak #madebyhand #customfurniture #woodworker #vermontwoodworker #newhampshirewoodworker #vote