My buddy, Hector, offered to reproduce Victorian corner blocks for my house after it caught fire.
The other day I called in the favor. We started out with a trip to the fancy wood store, where we sorted through lumber and picked pieces that were the approximate thickness and width that we needed. From there we returned to his little shop in the garage of his house. A little planing and cutting transformed the boards into squares to be turned on a wood lathe from the 1800’s. Then Hector sharpened his tools, made a template, and began his magic.
From boards of wood to detailed corner blocks took a surprisingly short amount of time. It was so nice to smell the wood shavings and saw dust. The smells reminded me of the winter I took a wood working class on a little farm in Massachusetts when I was a kid.