Antique Tool Trade Show

February 4th 11am - 3pm

Join us and Ontario Antique Tools for a day of tool talk and trade.

  • Ontario Antique Tools will be here with a limited selection of woodworking antique tools.
  • A few special guests will be in attendance to talk hand tools and their craft.
  • RSVP through the link below and get early access to the tools and special guests. Doors open at 10am for those that RSVP.

2017 Artisan Program Registration Now Open

Artisan Program: January 2nd, 2017 to March 10th, 2017  April 3rd, 2017 to June 9th, 2017, October 10th, 2017 to December 15th, 2017.

Maker Program: January 2nd, 2017 to March 10th, 2017.

Designer Program: April 3rd, 2017 to June 9th, 2017.

New in the Tool Emporium

New in the Hand Tool Emporium!





Click below to check it out!

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

Ontario Antique Tools ~ UNPLUGGED

January 16, 2017

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 4th, 2017  11:00 – 3:00pm WHERE: The Unplugged Woodshop Toronto ( on the corner of Carlaw/Dundas in Leslieville ) WHAT: Antique Tool Show and Sale We’re pleased to welcome Ontario Antique Tools to the UW Toronto. Join us on Saturday, February 4th for this special event.  Ontario Antique Tools will be here […]

A Saw Bench in Texas

January 11, 2017

READERS PROJECT   Hey folks~ I received a letter from JD in Texas this weekend and wanted to share it with you. JD recently finished making a Sawyer’s Bench following the plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. Great job on the Saw Bench JD! ( and great job on the photos~; )  I love […]

Unplugged in California

January 9, 2017

READERS PROJECTS     Hey folks! I received a letter from Dodie out in California over the Holidays and wanted to share it with you. Dodie made a few projects from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. I always love seeing projects from readers and especially when they change things up a little and truly make […]

NOW AVAILABLE: Mortise & Tenon Issue 02

January 3, 2017

  We’re pleased to announce the arrival of Mortise & Tenon Magazine – Issue Two! Edited by Joshua A. klein, this annual magazine celebrates the preservation, research and restoration of historic furniture. Its multi-disciplinary approach brings together the perspectives of furniture makers, conservators and scholars to span woodworking past and present, with a special focus […]

Make A Wooden Hand Plane

January 2, 2017

Monday, January 9th to Friday, January 13th, 2017 “My simple message is that if you’re going to approach woodworking with sensitivity and maybe refinement, planes are a good way to begin.”  – James Krenov   Happy New Year! What better way to begin a new year than making a wooden hand plane? The response you get from a wood […]


December 15, 2016

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17TH, 10AM – 3PM Hey Folks! You’re invited to the Unplugged Woodshop Toronto for our first ever Open House.  Just in time to see our Residents projects as they’re finishing off their 10 Week Artisan Program. The Unplugged Woodshop is a School, Store, MakerSpace and Studio- join us this Saturday to see what all […]

A Pochade Box in Germany

December 14, 2016

Readers Project I received a letter from John in Germany last week and thought I’d share it with you. John recently finished making a Pochade Box following plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. It’s a Christmas gift for his Mom but I’m pretty sure she doesn’t read my Journal posts so no danger of […]

The Kerfing Plane & Frame Saw

December 6, 2016

UW Artisan Program – November 2016   It’s a wonderful thing really- making your own hand tools and then using those tools to build fine furniture. That’s what the Residents in our 10 Week Artisan Program are doing and we thought it would be nice to share some highlights with you. This video shows some […]

Make the Time

December 5, 2016

MONDAY MUNDANE   Don’t find the time to do good work… You find a penny on the ground. You find a new micro brew and try it at the weekly social. You find a lost sock behind a dresser drawer. You find a better price for your favourite item at the grocery store.   If you really […]

What I Choose to Become

November 21, 2016

Monday Mundane   “I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”                                              Don’t be random and leave things to chance. Don’t sit around and wait for good things […]


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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