Thursday, July 11, 2013

May The FORP Be With You

In only three days a group of die-hard Roubo enthusiasts will gather at Wyatt Childs' joiner's shop for the French Oak Roubo Project.

After countless hours of tireless prep work and research by numerous individuals over the course of many many months, the build is finally upon us. Everything is in place. All we have to do is show up and get busy making history from history. We all feel a responsibility to do these timbers justice. We hope we live up to that ideal.

Watch for blog posts about the build in the coming days. In the meantime, here are some pictures illustrating some of the production of the personalized bench labels. These were made by printer Wesley Tanner of Passim Editions (Wesley is also responsible for the design of Lost Art Press' Roubo translation, so Wesley's work is quite appropriate here.) These are printed on hand made paper from metal type using Wesley's 1862 Albion handpress. Each participant will receive two labels in case any of us screw up the first one, or if not, suitable for framing. I should add that Wesley is in large providing these labels gratis to all the participants. Wesley, we all owe you.

This is a proof of the label above, followed below by the actual label.



  1. can't even express how jealous I am of you all.

  2. You guys are going to have a blast!

  3. please document the build in your blog and video.

  4. Hi Jameel,

    This is going to be epic! You really know how to put on an event the RIGHT way.
    I'll sure miss being there. Have a great time.


  5. Very Cool..

    Hope to get to see some pictures.

    PS. Steve Quehl is a friend. His Woodcraft is 1/2 mile from my house.

  6. Inspiration to the max! Look forward to the pictures. Hats off to you Jameel for making this happen.


    Lust? I'd hate to admit it. It sounds petty. Envy? Absolutely! Not for one second since I saw the announcement on this blog have I questioned the majesty of what will be happening there next week. But mostly pride. Pride that I know some of these participants personally and proud that they will forever be working on a truly historic tool. Jameel, what a great fellowship you have joined together for this task. So, I am sure along with the other 4 vices I'll watch your progress from afar but remind myself that ultimately I am pleased these works will exist. A hearty Hail to all involved.


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