Time is flying! – Atelier Espenaer

Time is flying!

Time is flying! This week we had the last session of this month’s courses. The session was dedicated to the final stage of a woodworking project: the assembly and finishing. Meanwhile, the participants continued working on their projects and, among others, cut their first mortises. The results were quite impressive for beginners.

New courses will start in August. Interested? Check this page for more information.

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Getting familiar with wood

In the past two sessions, the focus of the course had been on woodworking techniques and skills. This week, the course participants were introduced to the material that makes woodworking what it is: wood. Knowledge about wood not only makes them understand the behavior and properties of wood, such as dimensional change and the differences in hardness, but will also help them in making the right decisions when they need to buy wood for future projects.

After getting the basics of wood, the course participants continued their individual projects. Some of them made quite some progress. Will they be able to finish their pieces next week? Stay tuned to find out!

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Box joint, half lap, and mortise and tenon

Vlekken cabinet sideview

Vlekken is composed of a box-jointed oak case resting on four maple legs, relying on a variant of the halflap joint. Rails consisting of our signature triplet sticks are mortised into the legs at the bottom for stability and aesthetic appeal.

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Hand planes, chisels, and saws

The second session of this month’s course was all about the three most essential ways of shaping wood: planing, chiseling, and sawing. Course participants received detailed information and instructions about hand planes, chisels, and saws, to make them better understand the way these tools work. Equipped with this information, they continued working on their projects. ⚒️

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Joinery in corners

Vrede - Honeylocust boards connect to one another via four maple legs

Corners are delightful and challenging places in terms of joinery. In this particular case you see the bed rails of Vrede coming together in the leg using mortise and tenon joints. The rail at the upper right sticks through the leg, whereas the other rail protrudes through both the leg and the earlier-mentioned rail, keeping it in place, and is subsequently hold in place itself with two wedges.

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It’s Monday

Side table Geraamte

It’s Monday. Drinks anyone?

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A new month, a new course

This week we started the July courses with two new groups of enthousiasts. The participants have very diverse professional backgrounds – from banking to science, from law courts to NGOs – but share a desire to get creative with their hands and acquire artisanal skills. Many of them also mention that they are drawn to woodworking because of the beauty of solid wood as a material. We couldn’t agree more.

This week’s session was all about the first steps of a woodworking project: designing, measuring, and marking the wood. The participants were also informed about the various types of wood joints and for what situations and purposes they are suited for. In next week’s session they will learn how to cut some of these wood joints.

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Growing fast

Ivy in our atelier

Our ivy is growing fast!

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Sunshine on the terraces

Terraces in the sun

The sun shining on the terraces of Terrassen. For more photos visit Terrassen’s product page in our online shop.

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