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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

Hand Tools Heal

September 26, 2016

MONDAY MUNDANE   Hand tools heal. Seriously. If you’re feeling stressed about the day you’re having, try walking into the woodshop, pick up a freshly sharpened hand plane, and a gentle piece of straight grained hardwood, and start making shavings. Suddenly your mind calms and clears and you’ll start to breath again. Feeling your body […]

A Sawyer’s Bench on Long Island

September 20, 2016

READERS PROJECT   I received a letter from Don on Long Island a few weeks back and wanted to share it with you. Don recently completed a Sawyer’s Bench, following plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. The bench looks great Don! ( as does the grooving plane ) Thanks again for sharing these images […]

Unplugged in Germany

September 16, 2016

STUDENT PROJECT   Two years ago, while teaching in Munich, Germany, I had a student at Dictum design and build an intricate wall cabinet during my It Starts with a Box, week long course. René was very meticulous in his work and while he didn’t fully finish the project during the week, he gained the confidence […]

Unplugged in Michigan

September 14, 2016

READERS PROJECT I received a letter from Tammy over the summer, who shared some pics of John’s cabinet he had recently finished.   ( she said John was too modest to share them himself-; ) John followed the plans from my book, Made by Hand and did a great job on this cabinet. Thanks for sharing […]

Tiny Libraries and Toolchests

September 13, 2016

READERS PROJECT   I received a letter from David back in the summer, and wanted to share it with you. David suggested a Tiny Library as one of the group projects on our Membership site, An Unplugged Life. And while we never got around to making it yet, I’m happy to see he stepped up […]


September 12, 2016

MONDAY MUNDANE     The word amateur comes from a French word meaning “lover of”. James Krenov often used the word to express his passion and relationship with woodworking and cabinet making. “I’m an amateur and always will be. That’s the way I want to die. I’m an amateur by nature and I’m an amateur […]

Bad Axe Tool Works: NOW AVAILABLE

September 8, 2016

  Canadian woodworkers rejoice! Bad Axe Tool Works backsaws and hardware kits are now available to order from the Unplugged Woodshop Store. Known for their outstanding quality, custom hardware choices, and sharp-as-hell, straight out of the box tooth lines, Bad Axe is the name you think about when it comes to outstanding quality, American made […]

Take Note

September 5, 2016

MONDAY MUNDANE     What is it that makes great furniture, great? Why do some designs work better than others? How can we push the limits and make our very best work? Did Krenov, Maloof and Nagashima have a secret recipe? A special sauce? A sacred formula? I think they simply took note of the […]

Woodworks 2016

September 2, 2016

23-25 September, 2016   Well, it’s that time of the year again, when you pack up the car and head on up to Perth, Ontario, where Woodworks 2016 is taking place! Woodworks 2016 is hosted jointly by the Ottawa Woodworkers Association and the Algonquin College Heritage Institute at the Perth, Ontario Campus. The conference  features […]

Do Great Work

August 29, 2016

MONDAY MUNDANE   When you put yourself into your work- your work has the potential of being great, but only if you’re great. So, the question is: How do you become great? Simple- you need to feel great. If you feel great, you smell great, you even taste great then guess what? You’re great ! When […]

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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The internet had leveled the playing field and by joining our Member Only area, AN UNPLUGGED LIFE, you can see what I do on a daily basis while I teach furniture design and hand tools, regardless of where you are on the planet. If you have access to internet-you can study the fine art of furniture making with me from the comfort of your own home. Members will not only learn how I do the work I do, but more importantly, I'm going to teach you why.


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Episode 211 – Liogier Cabinet Final

By tom | September 27, 2016

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Episode 210 – Liogier Cabinet Part 03

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Episode 209 – Liogier Tool Cabinet Part 02

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Episode 208 – Freaky Finger Joints

By tom | September 21, 2016

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