Last week I accompanied my good friend, Hector, on a journey to reproduce Victorian corner blocks for my house.
We started out with a trip to the fancy wood store, where we sorted through lumber and picked pieces that were the approximate thickness and width that we needed. From there we returned to his little shop in the garage of his house. A little planing and cutting transformed the boards into squares to be turned. Then Hector sharpened his tools, made a template, and began his magic.
From boards of wood to detailed corner blocks took a surprisingly short amount of time. It was so nice to smell the wood shavings and saw dust – reminded me of the winter I took a wood working class on a little farm in Massachusetts when I was a kid.
Here are a couple of pictures. enjoy!
This wood lathe is from the 1800′s.
The raw boards.
Cutting tools. Many of which Hector had custom made by a blacksmith. How cool is that!
Hand saws. Remember those things? My grandpa had a nice collection of them.
Clamps. No lack of them in this little shop.
Here is Hector changing the ban saw blade. This machine is from the 1920′s.
Hector making a template for the corner blocks.
There are little homemade tools all over the place in the shop.
The blocks waiting to be turned and the template block.
The master at work.
And our first corner block is complete… only 49 more to go.