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AndyT

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This one is French, from 1932 - L'ébénisterie.

It shows felling and converting some huge trees; veneer cutting; designing a piece of distinctively 1930s furniture and then making it, with some distinctively French bench work.
(Watch out for the apprentice being corrected in handling the big frame saw and try plane.)

Enjoy.

http://www.ina.fr/economie-et-socie...ement/video/VDD10045525/l-ebenisterie.fr.html
 

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Here's a few more from the same site, similar 1930s vintage. A bit off-topic, but they do all include some woodworking.

This one is a careers choice video - it includes trades such as blacksmith, carver, pattern maker, plumber, tinsmith, roofer, bookbinder, tailor etc - all with rooms full of boys supervised by a dapper gent in a three piece suit. Don't miss the important message about clean, healthy living at the end.

http://www.ina.fr/economie-et-socie...5633/des-metiers-pour-les-jeunes-gens.fr.html

And this is more about how tradesmen were trained in France in the 30s - all on an industrial scale, with big workshops full of equipment. Mostly about metalwork and engineering, with a bit of furniture making near the end, including the one machine described as 'dangereuse' - a spindle moulder. (The power presses, furnaces and mechanical hammers are presumably much safer!)

http://www.ina.fr/economie-et-socie...es-ecoles-nationales-professionnelles.fr.html

But this is the best - a state-sponsored travelling workshop arrives in a remote mountain village, offering free instruction to the villagers so that they can mend their farm tools, and even make their own washstands. A villager, Paul, is sceptical of this interference by outsiders trying to tell him what he already knows. But he goes along, learns some blacksmithing, and is soon happily planing away at piece of wood so he can spend the winter time making toys.

http://www.ina.fr/economie-et-socie...rtisanat-rural-les-ateliers-ambulants.fr.html
 

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Loved the section in the first video (about 8 minutes in) where they seem to be constructing a 3-ply board - is that a toothing plane ("rabot a dent" ?) the guy is using to prepare the ground. And look at the size of that glue brush!
 

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The eberniste in our village doesn't make his own ply mow, but the quality is still excelent!

That glue brush and the varnish brush were certainly swung with panache!

Very interesting to watch and a welcome break from my French homework too! I never did like homework (hammer)
 
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