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Semester 1 - Artisan Program

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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.

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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

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 […]

Fairchild TV

June 8, 2016

We had a visit from Fairchild TV a while back and I wanted to share the footage with you. Lily Tsang, one of the hosts of Timeline Magazine, came into the UW to get a sense of what we do. We had a great time showing Lily some of the basics- from hand sawing to […]

It Starts With You

June 6, 2016

MONDAY MUNDANE   For things to change – you have to change. Don’t wish it was easier- wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems – wish for more skills.   If you want to get better at wood working, ( or any other skill ) you don’t need better tools- you need better […]

Rogers TV

June 4, 2016

    We had a visit from Niki Anastasakis, of Rogers TV a little while back, and I wanted to share the clip with you.  Niki came by the UW-Toronto to see what we’re all about and spent some time honing her sawing and hand planing skills. On the day she arrived, we had a couple […]

Meditating for Better Dovetails?

May 23, 2016

MONDAY MUNDANE   Meditating for better dovetails? Sure- meditation creates a calm inside your brain. When you’re calm, you can focus and make better decisions. If you can’t focus and think clearly, you can’t work with precision.   Practice meditating- Learn to quiet the mind. Learn how to empty the garbage bins inside your brain […]

An Unplugged Interpretation

May 20, 2016

READERS PROJECT I received a letter from Josh in Illinois this week and wanted to share it with you. Josh recently made a sideboard using two of the designs from my book, Made by Hand. He mixed my ‘Hunter’s Heal” side/hunt board with elements of my “Skinny Legs and All” side table, and came up […]

A Jack Plane in Illinois

May 18, 2016

READERS PROJECT Once again, the Unplugged Woodworkers group on Facebook has pointed me to another one of my Unplugged Woodshop book design/readers project. This time it’s a Razee Jack plane by Darren in Illinois. Darren recently completed his plane and I think he did an amazing job! He was also gracious enough to share his […]

Focus

May 16, 2016

MONDAY MUNDANE fo·cus  ˈfōkəs noun 1. the center of interest or activity. 2. the state or quality of having or producing clear visual definition. verb 1.( of a person or their eyes ) adapt to the prevailing level of light/able to see clearly. 2. pay particular attention to.   Focus~ not only on the knife […]

A Sawyer’s Bench in Oregon

May 14, 2016

READERS PROJECT     Someone pointed me to a FaceBook post a few weeks ago called #lowcostSawyersbench. It was posted by Brett, in Aloha, Oregon, and showed his project using my Sawyer’s Bench design from The Unplugged Woodshop book.  I contacted Brett and asked if we could share it here and he was kind enough to write me this letter, and send a […]

A Pochade Box in Indiana

May 11, 2016

Readers Project   I received a letter from Don in Indianapolis, Indiana USA this past week and wanted to share it with you. Don recently made a Pochade Box following plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. Great job on the project Don- thanks again for sharing it with us!     Hi Tom,     My […]

Common Sense or Common Practice?

May 9, 2016

MONDAY MUNDANE   We know we need to practice sawing to a line in order to execute great dovetails… but often times we simply don’t practice. We know that in order to perfectly smooth difficult grain we need a razor sharp plane iron- but we don’t ever sharpen enough. It’s common sense right? We know […]

Skinny Legs in the UK

May 5, 2016

Readers Project   I received a letter from a reader in Peterborough, United Kingdom, and wanted to share it with you. Lucian recently finished making a side table, following plans from my book, Made by Hand. I think you did a great job on the table Lucian- thanks again for sharing these images with us!   […]

Joinery Boot Camp

May 2, 2016

    Hi folks! We’ve had an overwhelming response to our Intro to Hand Tools and Hand Tool Boot Camp classes here at the UW-Toronto, and thought we’d put together a nice continuation on that theme. This Saturday,  May 7th, we’re offering a Joinery Boot Camp, where students can spend the day with us, learning […]

EELS of Inspiration

May 2, 2016

‘EELS’ Epiphany    Eureka    Lightbulb    Spark All of these words are used to describe the moment of clarity, when we’re struck by the hand of inspiration. You have an epiphany and suddenly you spring into action designing or working on a new project or idea. You have that eureka moment and feel this […]

Installing a Nicholson Style Bench Vice

April 29, 2016

    When we started the Unplugged Woodshop – Toronto, it was important to keep the student to teacher ratio low. Most of the schools I teach at Internationally have 8 workbenches which seems to work quite well. I decided to follow that model and made 6 Nicholson style workbenches, and 2 Roubo. Over the past […]

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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Episode 181 – Could you in a Box?

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Episode 179 – A Plane Adjusting Hammer ( Part 2 )

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Episode 178 – A Plane Adjusting Hammer ( part 1 )

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Episode 177 – Unplugged in Tuscany

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Episode 173- Toronto to Munich

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Episode 170 – The Drawer Divider

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Episode 169 – Preparing the Drawer Divider

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