After having not been in the workshop for more than 3 months, I spent 3 hours Saturday morning working on a new skeleton for a backgammon board.
This time I started with walnut wood. Much more expensive than everything I have worked with till now, I am really scared not to damage the pieces. My father looks at me and laughs, throwing comments like “if other carpenters saw me giving you that gold, they would say ‘what do you do'”. Well, it felt very very good.
Only thing that troubles me: I want to make the joints not to be visible. There are some joints called “secret joints” which are not visible, but my father says that you need heavy and expensive machinery to do them, and no one in Kalamata has it. Another solution would be to use bronze externally instead of joints to make it stable. I have yet to find out if someone sells bronze sheets at Kalamata and/or if someone works with them.
I am looking now on different shades of veneers to start doing the inside. I have a design in my mind, but I will need 4 different shades of veneer, from as closer to white, to as closer to black.
Its GOOD to make something out of wood.