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Not a lot of Woodworking books have required the author to reinvent the tools, glue, and finish, before making the projects.

If you weren't a lazy slacker you'd have planted your own trees, too.

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That would be the copicing and green woodworking book

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I hope this gets its own spinoff book.

The Impaler’s Toolchest

Detailing the construction of a sturdy chest to hold all the tools a Wallachian Count needs to terrorize his enemies.

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May I ask what Wendell Berry you've been reading?

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Will there also be a sober Carpathian Chest?

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Wendell Berry’s “Jayber Crow” has been on my nightstand for some time. While I usually consume books in the same way I eat a burger and fries (quickly, thoughtlessly, like a race to the finish), this book suggests that I sit in warm lamplight and sip on it like a fine bourbon nightcap. Every time I pick it up, I read is more slowly than before, mimicking the slow pace of life depicted in the text, and savoring the meandering nature of its rich environmental descriptions. This has been the book review that nobody asked for ;-)

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A peasantly chest and some Wendell Berry? Count me in.

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Love the silo books.

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The Silo TV series is very good as well.

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Second this. My wife recommended them to me and they are some of my favorites in recent years. Up there with Andy Weir in my mind. Enjoy!

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Sep 12, 2023Liked by Christopher Schwarz

I’m sorry, did you say something? I’m still looking at those ankles.

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Sep 12, 2023Liked by Christopher Schwarz

I am on my own trip down the rabbit hole that contains both linseed oil paint and a desire for less hazardous materials in my life (and even moreso that of my four year old) and am curious how you have reconciled those same low hazard desires of yours with the metallic drier (manganese, so not cobalt or worse, but not benign either) that's in the linseed oil paint?

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You can make linseed oil paint with only pigment and raw oil. That's where I am headed. Shit like this takes time.

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In August I was at a conference and saw a great presentation on early 19th century finishes by Erika Sanchez Goodwillie. She demonstrated grinding pigments in oil (and why you can't just mix them). It was fascinating, and more complicated than I ever imagined.

I'm sure you've seen it, but there's a brand new book by Michiel Brown's, "Linseed Oil and Paint" that I highly recommend. It's only available in the UK at the moment.

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It sure does. I will be a very curious observer should you end up there.

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Doesn’t Peter Follansbee make his own linseed oil paint?

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Yup. As do many artists who work in oil. It’s pigment, oil, glass, muddler. I’ve done it. Some of the pigments are safe. Some will make you sick. Like the glue I am taking my own path with it.

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I've been finding myself wondering if for furniture (or even house paint) it's worth doing the water bath "clean the raw linseed oil" processes to get rid of the proteins/mucilage, or if that's really most valuable only for fine art paints.

Also wonder if when the finished furniture is in use whether there's a functional difference between milk paint finished with multiple coats of linseed oil overtop, and linseed oil paint. In principle, perhaps the difference is just one having a casein filler/binder? Is one just creating an oil paint, sequentially?

Certainly when I put oil over milk paint, the result looked a whole lot like I'd used an oil paint. But I suspect long term adhesion and wear resistance is less.

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If I could vote, I would vote for Old Red. It just sounds appropriate. Marvin

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Sep 11, 2023Liked by Christopher Schwarz

My wife is a pregnant hobby farmer at the moment. Our garden is a little worse for hot summer which has been less suitable for comfortable weeding.

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Sounds like y'all need some spells.

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