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An Autodidact’s Chair in Germany

Finished Autodidact's Chair

  I received a letter from Martin Jurok in northern Germany a few days ago and wanted to share it with you. Martin recently completed an Autodidact’s chair for his daughter.     He was inspired by my design and without any builders plans or…


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D’signer Mak’er

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  “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”                                                                 …


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No Equation and No Guarantee

One of ten. The Bridle Kerfing Plane - 2015.

  “Quality is not an act, it is a habit.”                                                                    – Aristotle     There is no equation and no guarantee. There is no formula. There is no secret sauce or special recipe to follow. No magic numbers…


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Bespoke

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  “Originality is the art of concealing your sources”                                              – Benjamin Franklin   The stillness of the wood shop waiting. Artist and prospector, inventor and engineer. Entrepreneur and entertainer… a poet and a thief.   We wear many hats when we work…


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An Unplugged Life – 2015

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    It’s already the second week of 2015-                      how are those resolutions going?   Are you staying motivated? Getting inspired? Finding time in the wood shop? Working wood? Developing your skills? Practicing techniques?   If you’ve enjoyed the work I’ve put forward via…


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The Art in Craft

the art in craft

    “…he not busy being born is busy dying.”                                         -Bob Dylan       art: [ahrt] noun 1. a process in manipulating mediums designed to promote an emotional response. craft: [kraft] noun 1. the human skill of creating.     Monday, November…


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The Cutting Room Floor

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                “All art is quite useless.”  – Oscar Wilde     Back in the Autumn of 2010, I started thinking about writing a second book. I made a conscious decision to stay away from common furniture forms I had seen covered before, over and…


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All of the Time

Teresita Fernandez

  “I’m an artist, a designer and a maker. I’m a writer and a musician. I’m a teacher and I’m a daydreamer – all rolled into one.”     You may be as well –   but being a designer, a writer, an artist and…


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A Kerfing Plane in Connecticut

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  Happy New Year ! I received a letter from Greg in Glastonbury, CT yesterday and thought I’d share it with you. Greg recently made a fixed fence Kerfing plane for himself using some reclaimed materials. Great job on the Kerfing plane Greg! Thanks again…


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Inspiration

Maple Leaf Forever

  ” It isn’t where the inspiration came from-                       it’s what you do with it that matters. “        ( Tweet that )     Follow @TomFidgen Related posts: Not Everyone Will What’s Your Style ? Eat, Sleep…


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Meet me in the Valley

The fundamentals of hand tools

  Hey folks, if you’re in, or around the Toronto area on January 3rd, ( next Saturday ) I’ll be teaching a seminar at the Lee Valley Tools Store in Vaughan, Ontario.     Here are the details:   Fundamentals of Hand Tools 4 hours…


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A Pochade Box in Costa Rica

A Pochade Box

  I received a letter from Mark in Cost Rica last week, and would like to share it with you. Mark recently finished a Pochade Box following the plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. Thanks for sending these pics Mark- your Pochade Box really…


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Happy Holidays

UW Holiday greeting

All the best to you and yours in 2015.


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The Gift of Music

Human by Trade - 1998

  With the Holiday Season upon us, I’m happy to say that my first two solo albums are now available  on iTunes. If you’re a fan of my videos, and more importantly, the music in my videos- well now you can download it all and…


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