Monday, July 2, 2012
The Real Deal
I'm always astounded by the interest and generosity in the woodworking community. Jameel Abraham, the brilliant Oud maker and producer of Benchcrafted Vises and Mag Bloks was kind enough to make my drawings for the "Smarthead" shavehorse into a sketchup PDF. He has offered them to publish, which you'll find below. I finally figured out how to link to a PDF, but if it still doesn't work, please contact me for the plans.
When I shared a shop with a luthier (guitar maker) named Justin Gunn in NYC, there was an old codger who would come into the shop in flipflops, baggie jeans and a string of pearls in place of a shirt. One day, when he saw the Justin playing on my lathe, he chastized him for using dangerous tools. He said Justin should avoid danger because he was an artist, then he turned to me and said, "It's fine for you, compared to him, you're like a fence builder". I think of this every time that I look at Jameels Ouds. I am in awe of these instruments, and yes, I do build a servicable fence.
Here is the Smarthead PDF.
Or if that doesn't work, try this one!
Jameel has some advice in the comments below, good luck!