Amber Grant Finalist Letter

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This post is Hammerstone’s final entry in the application process to win the $2000 Amber Grant: January 14, 2016 We are so excited to be in the final run-off for this grant and are happy to re-answer your question: “If you were to win the $2000 Amber Grant, how would you use the money?” You […]

From the Intern’s Desk: Woodworking 101

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Woodworking 101 is (the name of a Hammerstone class that recently ended, and) a fitting title for this blog post, because I want to talk about the difference between carpentry and woodworking. There is no one way to delineate between these two – very similar – categories. It’s generally about precision: woodworking is often based on […]

From the Intern’s Desk: Craftsmanship, Gender Bias, and Different Words

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“Craftsmanship” is an interesting word. The suffix “-manship” (sportsmanship, showmanship, penmanship, etc) denotes exceptional skill. These attributes are given to good sportsmen, showmen, and penmen. (I did not know that last one was a word until just now.) But what do you call a good sportswoman, showwoman, or penwoman? (Note: the latter two are not […]

From the Intern’s Desk: Rosie the Riveter

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Rosie the Riveter is perhaps the most iconic of American tradeswomen. Did you know that she was originally painted by Norman Rockwell and had a pretty different appearance? The recognizable image of a woman flexing against a yellow background was actually published a year earlier, but was adopted in the 1980s by second-wave feminists because of copyright […]

Summer Blog Series: From the Intern’s Desk

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Hello! Let me introduce myself: my name is Eliza and I’m the Hammerstone summer assistant. By assistant, I mean intern/photographer/web administrator/gardener/social media guru/graphic designer/errand runner/kitten wrangler/anything and everything else-er. I will be posting on this blog roughly once a week until the end of the summer. I hope that this will be both a little window […]

Thanks for helping support the Hard Hatted Woman Kickstarter campaign

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A few weeks ago we put out a call to Hammerstone School fans to help support the crowd funding campaign of a like-minded business.  And you folks really stepped up!  Hammerstone School aggregated over $1000 to go towards the continued filming of the movie Hard Hatted Woman.  That means you generously pledged to the campaign on Hammerstone’s […]

What is Timber Framing and why learn it?

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What is Timber Framing? Timber Framing is a traditional method of building houses using large timbers (posts and beams) held together with hand-cut joinery to create the structure of the house.  It has a long history in both Europe and America, but fell out of favor as virgin forests declined and standardized methods of building […]