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10 Week Programs NOW OPEN!

Semester 1 - Artisan Program

Semester 2 - Maker Program

Semester 3 - Designer Program

From the historic methods described by André Jacob Roubo in the 1700’s, you’ll study tools and techniques used centuries ago. We’ll then fast forward three hundred years, and find inspiration and motivation from the impractical teachings of James Krenov.

Saw Bench Kits Now Available!

Pre-Dimensioned and ready for joinery and final smoothing.

Available in assorted local hardwoods:

Ash $145

Maple $145

Walnut $170

Bird's Eye Maple: $185

A Frame Saw in Southern, California

July 13, 2016

READERS PROJECT I received a letter from Jarrett in California this week and wanted to share it with you. Jarrett just finished making a Frame Saw, following plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. He used maple for the frame, and came up with a clever design due to the fact that he didn’t have […]

A Funeral Chair in Ontario

July 6, 2016

READERS PROJECT   I received a letter from Mackenzie a couple of weeks ago and wanted to finally share it with you. Mackenzie made a Funeral Chair following plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. The chair looks amazing Mackenzie! Thanks again for sharing this with us~     Hey Tom! To start, I’m not sure […]

Life can be Scary

July 4, 2016

    When I decided to leave Toronto, move back to Cape Breton, and have some kids and raise a family, it was scary. That was in 2003 and things turned out ok. I now have two beautiful children, an amazing wife, and we still have our home in Cape Breton. When I decided to […]

Ain’t no Feathers…

July 1, 2016

READERS PROJECT I received a letter from Josh a little while ago and wanted to share it with you. Josh recently finished building the small Wall Cabinet from my first book Made by Hand. He used walnut for the carcase and maple for the drawer fronts. One of my favourite combinations! Great job on the […]

Visiting the Unplugged Woodshop

June 17, 2016

    A couple of weeks ago, I posted a video from the Matt and Matthew show. Matthew Morris was visiting Toronto and stopped by to shoot an episode with us. Matt Cremona, was here via Skype during that visit. Low and behold, a few weeks later, Matt Cremona was visiting the area ( he’s […]

Could You in a Box?

June 14, 2016

June 20th to 24th, 2016.  9:00 – 5:00 pm   Most of the furniture projects we make are based on a basic box form. A blanket chest, a chest of drawers, a sideboard, an entertainment unit, bookshelves, wall cabinets, medicine chests, even side tables with drawers- they’re all boxes of one form or another. In this […]

Good Work Takes Time

June 13, 2016

Monday Mundane       Good work takes time-  (there aren’t any shortcuts) put in the time, and make good work. There’s no shortcut- especially when its hand made. If someone says they have a ( better ) faster way… turn the channel. Turn the page. Hit the BACK button- run like hell!   Why […]

Hand Tool Boot Camp

June 12, 2016

  Hi folks! We had an amazing day yesterday during our monthly Hand Tool Boot Camp. Some of our students had a bit of hand tool experience, while a few were brand new to the craft. It’s always nice to share knowledge and teach new skills- you can see it in the faces of the […]

Unplugged in Ireland

June 10, 2016

READERS PROJECT I received a letter from David in Ireland yesterday and wanted to share it with you. David recently completed a Sawyer’s Bench and, a Funeral Chair, following plans from my book The Unplugged Woodshop. As you see, David changed things up a little with the Funeral Chair seat, and did a leather weave […]

The Matt & Matthew Show

June 9, 2016

A few weeks back, we had the pleasure of welcoming the Matt & Matthew Show into the UW-Toronto.  Matthew Morris was in town and stopped in for the afternoon. Of course he brought his camera along and we were able to set up a Skype chat with his partner in crime, Matt Cremona. We had […]

Life is a story, and we're all writing our own chapters, what will you decide to say?"

From The Unplugged Woodshop book. Tom Fidgen, 2013

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