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Why a Parent child workshop

Why a Parent child workshop
To some the answer to the above title is obvious. It wasn't for me. If you read my 'reason for being' you'll see what I think about teaching kids u...

Pravin charts the world on a rustic board

Pravin charts the world on a rustic board
Pravin spent about 7 half days making this wall art.The woodworking portion took him 2 days, 1 day with my assistance and after that he was on his ...

This Valentine's carve a wooden ring for your beloved

This Valentine's carve a wooden ring for your beloved
Finally when you know the frustration of breaking and splitting a nearly complete ring, when your fingers tremble with the effort of holding your strength in control, when you realise that your muscles ache from being bent over your work for so long, when you are done, when you have a complete ring in your hand. Finally you will be able to slip the ring over your partner's finger knowing completely and surely that your partner knows exactly how much effort was put into the making of that ring, that your partner appreciates! 

A 9 day Residency Woodworking Program at Art Village Karjat

AVK is in Karjat, and hour away from Mumbai, it takes you more time to reach Andheri than to reach Karjat. AVK boasts of some gorgeous surroundings, food and great activities. In fact I wrote a post about them a while back.

The Residency program called the Woodworking short course is 9 days long. split into 3 modules of 3 days each. 

Module 1: Basics of wood

Module 2: Carving

Module 3: Joinery

Journeys with Meaning and V for Wood in Meghalaya

I joined a tour group, a very focussed tour group run by one of my students, Vinod. Vinod feels very strongly about sustainablity and has put his future where his mouth is, has followed his passion through some pretty dark times and come out with an even stronger mission. Look him up at Journeys with Meaning

Maple Pine is run by James, an Indian married to a Khasi lady who cooks the most amazing food. James is no slouch in the kitchen either, his drunken chicken drove me to raptures and his home baked bread had me cheating on all type of diets. But I wasn't there for his cooking. I was there for what he has done and is still doing at Maple Pine.

Second volunteer program: M Power

Second volunteer program: M Power
V for Wood announces the second volunteer program.
Volunteers will learn to use hand tools and power tools and will build specific items of furniture for M Power, a Learning Center and Library in Govandi. This is a social cause.
V for Wood is also looking for a few designers who can design items of furniture for this learning center.
Finally we are looking for sponsors for the material, wood and hardware and maybe power tools that will be used during this project. Please do write to reach_us@vforwood.com if you are willing to be a sponsor.

Delhi, Pepperfry, V for Wood and Abid

Delhi, Pepperfry, V for Wood and Abid

I was taking a set of classes for Pepperfry and due to some interesting scheduling I suddenly had a day in Delhi all to myself.
A quick message to Abid and by 8:45 in the AM, I was on my way to his place in Gurgaon. 
I'd been dying to try out the Delhi metro; I'd heard so much about it. The various coloured lines and how it has really connected Delhi; this was my chance. 

I spent a lovely 2 hours at Abid's home workshop and then he dropped me off to the Railway Museum. I met him again later and after a dinner of rolls and kebabs at Alkauser, I got back to my hotel room. After all, I'd come to delhi to take 2 sessions for Pepperfry.

42B is up and running; Thanks to the our volunteers.

42B is up and running; Thanks to the our volunteers.
Last month V for Wood began a volunteer. In response to a request for volunteers we got 18 kind people from all walks of life and from all over. Professional and business folk, they were. And they came from Mira Road, Vasai, Vashi and Colaba. (The corners of Mumbai).
The mandate was simple, to get my space up and running by the end of July. This was a possible but tough, tough ask.

Art Village, Karjat: Why I wake up in the morning

Art Village, Karjat: Why I wake up in the morning

V for Wood visited Art Village, Karjat the other day and found it to be a most fascinating place. When not in full action, it is a lovely, quiet and artfully presented retreat from Mumbai life. Spaces are well assigned and one is alone and yet not cut off in any corner of the space. Again nature and the outdoors are so well integrated that you never get the feeling that you left it outside. It seems to come indoors with you and yet keeps inviting you back out.

Being the nature lover that I am I've always, always found it hard to stay away from windows, to sit in chairs, and no place has ever made me feel comfortable. I itch to go outdoors. Here though I was outdoors and indoors at the same time.

I'm in love.

 

V for Wood has begun a volunteer program

Skills you need to volunteer?

You can volunteer if

  • You have no expertise in any of the above.
  • You are an expert in any of the above
  • You have a passion for working with your hands.
  • You are working and can help out after work from 7pm to 9pm.
  • You are a not working and can give 3 to 4 hours a day.

Vashi-wala Aariwala: Kuljeet and the mini circsaw

Vashi-wala Aariwala: Kuljeet and the mini circsaw
All in all, the mini circular saw build did exactly what the 1st prototype normally does. It educated us. The next version will take care of all these issues and expose a few others, I suppose. Personally I cant wait to get it right because I want one. My miniature furniture make can start up again.

Kolkata: thanks to Kingshuk

Kolkata: thanks to Kingshuk
Kingshuk took me to this little, tiny shop, filled to the brim with all sorts of handtools. It was a dream. No a fantasy. Old, 100 year saws, of varying sizes, spoke shaves, draw knives, gauges, calipers, brace and bits. And thats just the initial 3 feet at the entry. The proprietor is a happy guy, invites you to sit and then presents you with delicacy after delicacy. A Stanley, no 5, then a No 4, and then a small 9" smoothening plane. Then he bagan on the saws. German made Scheilder, Swiss made Sandvik, Stanley's, saws of various size amd tpi. I was entralled, I asked for a brace and bit.