Posted by: bwoof | January 31, 2010

Wood and warplanes

The Hamilton Woodworking Show was on this weekend, so we took a trip over to the event location, the Canadian Warplane Museum. This plog can in no way to justice to the myriad of interesting things we learned about wood and warplanes, so I’ll make a list, even though it’s woefully incomplete.

1. Marquettry is the ‘art’ of making designs and images with ulta thin pieces of vener, and it’s somewhat like inlaying wood for the same purposes. We spoke with a man who had spent 600+ hours on one smallish piec(approx 20 cm square) and it featured 11 different types of wood, each with its own colour, texture, grain, and spirit. The joy of wood!

2….and parqeuttry is sort of like marquettry only it’s more geometric and is often used for floors. Hence, the name parquette floors. Go figure! I never knew of the connection before today.

3. There are such things as portable saw mills…and I could have bought one today, but didn’t….took a picture instead  🙂

4. There are a host of high-end tools that make wood folks salivate with joy at the thought of touching routers, planes, knives, sanders, and ‘fences’ to cherry, mahogany, walnut, and oak, to name only a few of the woods we saw today.

5. Warplanes are fascinating, provided you have a volunteer who just can’t stop telling story after story! All of which are interesting and intriguing

6. Warplanes feature a symbol, not unlike a bulls-eye target which is, I think, called a rondelie. Ok…so the spelling may not be correct but if you check out the photo to the right you’ll see what we’re talking about. Each concentric coloured circle is part of an identification that is read from the inside circle to the outside. It indicates the country with with the aircraft and crew are associated.

7. Yellow planes are training aircraft…they are meant to be seen lest they be mistaken for the enemy, even during practice sessions, or (as our volunteer so cheerfully noted) so that they can be seen quickly in case of a crash into a farmer’s field. What a comforting thought, I said to myself.

8. Grey, white, light blue, green, or black aircraft are coloured for various purposes depending on the time of day. The Lancaster, for example, is black, and it’s a night time bomber which would have flown in the dark during WWII…no lights, no guns, no flashes, just the darkness

9. For every hour of flight, the Lancaster gets 10 hours of maintenance, and the aircraft at the museum is one of only two in the world that are still flying, and the only one in which people can take a ride…for a small fee of course!

10. And if you ask nicely and tell the Canadian Woodwooking publisher vendor that you are a teacher, he will give you boxes of back issues to take to the students at your school.

Grateful for:

  • The Daniel 9 lesson today

Curious about:

  • the Maple Leaf trades of today
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