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A Card Catalogue – Part Three

My large router plane removed the waste within the dado.

  Hey folks! Thanks for stopping in again. I’m here packing up the summer shop and making the last of our days out here on the Coast. So much to do and so little time~ We’ll make the most of it !     Thanks…


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An Unplugged Life

Unplugged Life landing page

  Subscribers and Tribe Members, Readers and Friends, top of the morning, afternoon and evening to you, and thanks for the click!     This video should speak for itself, but over the next 43 days, we’re super excited to share the details about our…


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A Card Catalogue – Part Two

Removing the waste with a fret saw is easy and efficient.

  Summer is quickly winding down and I’m trying hard to squeeze every second out of these last two weeks. The sessions at the Halifax Lee Valley Store went great, with many local artisans and wood workers attending. It’s always nice to visit the city…


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Life’s Sweet Design

Cape Breton Liberation Army

  These are the days you find in the mind, a path through the pages, a rhythm, a rhyme. It slithers and sails, fractures and binds, shines like the diamonds in life’s sweet design.     Let’s taper the legs and plane through the wind,…


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A Card Catalogue – Part One

card catalogue logo

  “Made by hand, the craft object bears the fingerprints, real or metaphorical, of the person who fashioned it. These fingerprints are a sign, an almost invisible scar.”                                      -Octavio Paz   So, here we are, the final project from the final chapter of The…


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Most of the Time

the architect's table, the unplugged woodshop, tom fidgen, wood working, hand tools

  Do your projects work out OK some of the time, or most of the time? Do you saw straight and true some of the time, or most of the time? Does your joinery come together some of the time, or most of the time?…


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The Gentleman’s Valet – Part Nine

The Gentleman's Valet

  I’m back on the East Coast after a great trip to Ottawa, where I was visiting the fine folks at Veritas/Lee Valley Tools. They have some exciting news coming your way in mid-September and I’ll share all the details with you at that time….


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Unplugged Summer Update

Toolchests and saw satchel.

  Well here we are, already the end of July, already halfway through our summer vacation. It’s been an amazing month filled with lots of much needed rest and relaxation. I haven’t been doing too much in the way of wood work, but I have…


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The Gentleman’s Valet – Part Eight

Beading tool on Lacewood molding

  We’re winding down in the Valet project, and here, in the second to last installment, I’m applying the molding. When you think of molding, you probably think of hollows and rounds. The truth is, moldings can be any shape or size, and you don’t…


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SLOW

Canoeing on the Margaree River, Cape Breton Island.

  We spent this morning, paddling around on the Margaree River, taking in all of the sights and smells that nature has to offer. It’s nice to drift along, letting the river carry you along, with no time or destination in mind.     We…


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Hammer Veneering

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In the last video post, the Gentleman’s Valet part seven, the exterior of the drawer box carcase was veneered using hot hide glue and a veneer hammer. This method is known as hammer veneering and has been used for applying veneer for centuries. Hammer veneering…


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The Gentleman’s Valet – Part Seven

Hot hide glue in glue pot

  In my last video post, the Gentleman’s Valet part six, the drawer pull was made using solid holly. This time around, the drawer box carcase is finally veneered. I’m using a store bought veneer that is sold as a ‘thick’ veneer. At 1/32-in., it…


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Miles from Nowhere

treadle lathe, treadle sewer, foot powered, treadle grinder,

I stopped at Myles from Nowhere, a small antique store near my home, hear on Cape Breton Island, the other day. To my surprise and delight, he had some parts from a treadle assembly I’ve been searching for for some time. When I get back…


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The Gentleman’s Valet – Part Six

Drawer pull detail in holly.

  In the last video post, the Gentleman’s Valet part five, the drawer front was inlaid with holly stringing, and a cock-bead was applied around the perimeter. This marked the end of the drawer box construction and from there it was onto the drawer pull….


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