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Things To Do This Weekend - Both Here and in London  


First London. If you happen to be in London this coming Friday, February 22st 2013, the V&A has a Friday Late program that this week is entitled "The Secret Life of Furniture". It's free, at the V&A, and that can mean only one thing. It's going to be awesome and I am insanely jealous I can't go. The best part is that the program includes a workshop on:
The Carpenter's Cap
'The grand distinguishing mark of a fine carpenter is the wearing of a paper cap.' Keep the sawdust and paint out of your hair by making your own!
and the workshop will be following our instructions that we published a few years ago. So if you cannot make it to the V&A you can fold your own authentic carpenter's cap following our instructions here.

Closer to home, on Friday February 22st thru Sunday February 24rd, The Woodworking Show will be at the Garden State Exhibit Center Exhibit Hall in Somerset NJ. Hours are Friday 12-6; Saturday 10-6; Sunday 10-4. Paul Sellers, Wilbur Pan, and Bob Rozaieski are just a few of the people who will be there. Our Gramercy Tools show display is currently in use at our pop-up store so we won't have any hand tools, but our Festool Department will be there in force. Our demonstrators will show you how to use everything with lots of demonstrations. We won't be taking inventory (but we will ship right away from our fully stocked Brooklyn warehouse) and we are using the space in the truck to bring every tool Festool imports to the US and at least one new cool thingie that will be available this spring. We got an extra large booth so we can demo everything properly!

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Comments: 2
I've read your 2010 entry on paper hats. Thanks for the handy instructions. As late as 2001, older diemakers at the tool & die shop I worked at could remember making the hats when they apprenticed. Stamping press operators also wore them. One other feature you didn't mention was that in contrast to a cloth cap, a paper hat would hold any oils (that dripped from the press) away from the hair. Cloth caps would let oil soak through.
Craig - I have to thank you for your gem of a comment. Tim and I here at Gramercy were very stoked to hear the first new (to us) paper hat factoid we have heard in AGES!! We had't thought about paper's superior resistance to dripping oil. THANK YOU for the story and info.

Vive le Chapeau de Papier!!
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