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In this instructional DVD of the art and craft of handmade furniture, Chris Becksvoort will lead you through the process os making through dovetails. Chris is an internationally-known, master cabinetmaker and a long-time friend and neighbor of the Community. He teaches wood working workshops with us each season. Chapters: Introduction, Safety and Disclaimer Through Dovetails Tools Tails First: Layout Practice Cuts Tails: Cutting and Chiseling Pins: Layout, Cutting and Chiseling Fitting, Trimming and Cleanup Credits Total running time: 39 minutes 2013, Ellkat Productions
In this instructional DVD of the art and craft of handmade furniture, Chris Becksvoort will lead you through the process of making a drawer. Chris is an internationally-known, master cabinetmaker and a long-time friend and neighbor of the Community. He teaches wood working workshops with us each season. Chapters: Introduction, Safety and Disclaimer Making a Drawer Draer Layout, Half-Blind Dovetails Cutting and Chiseling the Tails Laying out Pins on the Drawer Front Sawing: American vs European Chiseling the Pins Drawer Assembly and Glue-Up Magic Lotion and Trimming Installing the Knob Bottom Credits Total running time: 1 hour 12 minutes 2013, Ellkat Productions
In this instructional DVD of the art and craft of handmade furniture, Chris Becksvoort will lead you through the process of building a chisel box. Chris is an internationally-known, master cabinetmaker and a long-time friend and neighbor of the Community. He teaches wood working workshops with us each season. Chapters: Introduction, Safety and Disclaimer Making a Chisel Box Chisel Box Layout Pin Layout, Cutting and The Little Notch Cutting the Groove for the Lid Assembly, Glue-Up and the Bottom Making the Lid Carving the Finger Pull Chisel Cradles Credits Total running time: 1 hour 13 minutes 2013, Ellkat Productions
Practice your hand tool woodworking skills with Chris Becksvoort's classic Shaker lap desk project. Made with pine, the lap desk features exposed dovetails, breadboard ends with cherry pegs, and compartment dividers. The simplicity and elegance of this 200-year-old design make it appropriate for both traditional functions and the digital age, like writing while seated and working on your laptop or tablet. The interior dividers are removable, giving you flexible options for storing your devices, cords, paper, or pens. Chapters:
- Lay Out the Dovetails
- Cutting the Divertails
- Lay Out and Cut the Pins
- Cutting the Dadoes
- Clue-up the Cases
- Rough Fit the Bottom
- The Top and Breadboards
- Glue-up the Case and Bottom
- Shaping the Dividers
- Add the Hinges and Top
In this instructional DVD of the art and craft of handmade furniture, Chris Becksvoort will lead you through the process of building a Shaker-style bench. Chris is an internationally-known, master cabinetmaker and a long-time friend and neighbor of the Community. He teaches wood working workshops with us each season. Chapters: Introduction, Safety and Disclaimer Shaker Bench Getting Started Cutting the Tenons Mortise and Chiseling Layout Legs: Cutting Arches and Kerfs for Wedges Cluing and Wedging the Tenons Cutting the Braces Corner Layout: Cutting and Fitting Fitting, Glue-Up and Making a Pattern Trimming, Cleanup and Making a Pattern Trimming, Cleanup and Final Touches Credits Total running time: 1 hour and 51 minutes 2013, Ellkat Productions
Shaker Inspiration: Five Decades of Fine Craftsmanship By Christian Becksvoort "I first met Chris Becksvoort some 40 years ago when I joined the Community. Here I found a man quite dedicated to his craft and hungering after more to allow him to better his craft. The friendship between Chris, his wife, Peggy, and our Community is one that is very dear to us. Chris continues to donate his time in giving workshops and helping with workdays and Peggy documents with her camera events and life here. We have been enriched and we are grateful for the Becksvoorts in our life." -Brother Arnold, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community “Best known for his work in television comedy (Parks and Recreation episode “Ron and Diane”), Christian Becksvoort reveals a surprising amount of woodworking wisdom, culled from spending a mere lifetime singularly focused on his masterful furniture work, mostly Shaker-inspired, mostly in cherry. This book is an instant treasure.” -Nick Offerman, actor, author and woodworker Opinionated? Yes. Informative? Absolutely. Interesting and inspiring? You bet. Not too many woodworkers can claim five decades of business success, but Christian Becksvoort is among them. In “Shaker Inspiration,” he shares not only his woodworking knowledge and some of his best professional techniques for producing top-quality work, but also the business advice that helped him establish and sustain his long career in a one-man shop. Plus, he shares measured drawings for 13 of his own well-known furniture designs and seven Shaker pieces that he’s reproduced. Whether or not you, like Christian, are inspired by the Shaker tradition, you’re sure to be inspired by one of the best-known names in woodworking. “Shaker Inspiration” begins with information that all woodworkers need – the nitty gritty of how to successfully make trees into furniture. This requires a firm grasp of wood movement – one of Chris’s specialties – and he shares many of the tricks he uses to ensure his pieces remain sound through the seasons and generations. The lessons are both big and small, from the advantages to working with a single species to how to calculate how much a drawer front will move inside a house with forced-air heat. Every page of this section is filled with little shop tricks that Christian has used to become a productive woodworker, from how to remove dovetail waste to how to align a drawer front and drawer side perfectly when dovetailing. After all the great information on the technical side of things, Christian dives into discussing the business side of things. He pulls no punches in discussing the difficulties of life as a furniture maker and designer. Getting started, you do whatever it takes to pay the bills. We’ve all done our share of kitchens and built-ins, and replaced porch railings. After more than five decades, I can do the woodworking almost in the dark. It’s the business end that’s a constant challenge, and it keeps me on my toes. He offers straightforward advice on setting up your shop, from the roof to the heat pump to the sign you use to announce your business to customers. Even how to set up relationships with suppliers and subcontractors. It is a sobering section, but if you ever want to set up a woodworking business, it’s the type of information that is almost impossible to come by. Finally, “Shaker Inspiration” dazzles you with three sections of photos and measured drawings. The last 60-odd pages offer a collection of Christian’s original designs, reproductions of Shaker pieces he’s made (and made famous) and photos of the original Shaker pieces that have inspired him the most as a craftsman and a designer. In addition to a beautiful photo and details about the piece, Christian shares a construction drawing of each project that will allow intermediate woodworkers to produce their own version. “Shaker Inspiration” is 166 pages and produced entirely in the United States by Lost Art Press. The 8.5” x 11” full-color book is printed on heavy coated paper. The pages are sewn and glued for durability and covered in cotton-covered boards. A tear-resistant dust jacket completes the package.
Handmade by Chris Becksvoort, this gorgeous blue wall cabinet is Chris' compilation of several different small hanging Shaker cupboards. The size is close to many of the originals. Many of the cabinets had slab doors, while a few had frame and panel doors like this one. Most were made in the New England communities. This cabinet is made from New Gloucester white pine and painted with Old Village latex Village Tavern Blue. Features magnetic closure, hinged panel door, and adjustable shelves. Can be hung on the wall of used on a table top. ~A great Shaker herb cabinet! Measures 18.5" H to top of hanger x 13" W x 7" D. Signed and dated on the reverse. As a special fundraiser for Shaker Village, this listing includes a $500 tax-deductible donation to the Shaker Herb House Capital Campaign. Chris is offering this cabinet for sale along with a minimum $500 donation to the Herb House, as it is a super-special project to him and his relationship with the Shakers:I have been privileged to teach at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker community, in the historic 1824 Herb house since the 1990's. The "shop" was no more than a maintenance area, full of paint cans and scrap wood. There were a few masonite covered tables, inadequate lighting, and bouncy, sagging floors. It was a shame to see this venerable old building in such condition.We now have a chance to not only rehabilitate this historic treasure, but to turn it into a functioning visitor and education center. There will finally be upgraded workshop space, a teaching kitchen, display, exhibit & viewing areas, and gathering and meeting rooms. Lastly, there will also be a large and updated area for the Shaker's traditional herb business.Your $1,000 donation, along with the purchase of this candle stand, will go to benefit the Herb House project.
INDIVIDUALLY BUILT ... Why invest in furniture from a one-man shop on a dirt road in New Gloucester, Maine? Certainly my prices can't compete with mass produced, factory-made furniture. Production shops deal with the average needs of the average consumer. I build only twenty to thirty pieces each year and can take the time to build a special size or include a small drawer, secret compartment, or carved monogram. I construct each piece individually, taking as much time as I need to achieve perfection. Upon completion I sign, date and register each piece. My clients value the beauty of solid wood and appreciate things finely constructed. A desk I build for you will reward you each time you sit down to write or pull out a drawer, and will do so for a lifetime. Joy is in the details that make a difference.