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Life is Long

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Whoever said that life is short never had any hand tools!

Life is long…

enjoy it ~


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In Conversation with David Charlesworth

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  Here are a handful of highlights from my day with David Charlesworth. To watch the full conversation, ( over 70 minutes ) check out my membership site at: www.AnUnpluggedLife.com Enjoy ~         Follow @TomFidgen Related posts: Inspiration in the Wood-Pile An…


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and so it begins

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                Make everyday, a masterpiece!             Follow @TomFidgen Related posts: The Gift of Music It’s in the Intonation The Gentleman’s Guide to Amputation Hollow out a little history… Another Year Over YARPP powered…


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Basic Training

A visit with David Charlesworth

      I was extremely fortunate to spend the afternoon with David Charlesworth last week, while touring around the UK after my course wrapped up with the New English Workshop. Talking with David reenforced some thoughts I’ve maintained on wood working. The fundamentals. We…


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The Sawyer’s Bench in the UK

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    Well, I’m back home, safe and sound on Canadian soil after 11 amazing days in England. I spent 5 days at Warwickshire College in the historic town of Royal Leamington Spa- a great school with amazing students. We had a great week at…


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A Sawyer’s Bench in Colorado

A Sawyer's Bench in Colorado

  I received a letter from Jason, high up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, yesterday- and wanted to share it with you here. Jason recently completed work on a sawyer’s bench, following plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. The bench really looks great Jason…


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The Ones you Have

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    I’m sitting here in the summer shop- an Unplugged Summer, thumb typing into an iPhone. I didn’t bring a lot of hand tools with me, just some essentials to finish off the last of the Kerfing Planes, and the basic necessities required to…


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Inspired by the Unplugged Woodshop

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  I received a message from Jared in Alaska last week and wanted to share it with you. Jared recently made a Tea Cabinet and Pochade Box using projects from my books as inspiration. Thanks for sharing these with us Jared. I really like what you…


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Home is where the Heart is

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    It’s important to stay grounded in this world- as crazy and as busy life can get, we need to find the time to unwind. Slowing down and recharging, stepping back and being grateful for all the beauty in this world.   I arrived…


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A Pochade Box in Texas

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  I received a letter from Brandon in Houston, TX and wanted to share it with you. Brandon wrote me a wonderful letter about making a pochade box to give to his Mom on Mother’s Day. He followed the plans in my book, The Unplugged…


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The Laughing Heart

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      Inspiration comes in many forms… this is one of my favorites from Charles Bukowski. Enjoy~   The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski   your life is your life don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission. be on the watch. there are…


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A Frame saw from Namibia

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  I received a letter from Gerhard two weeks ago and finally have a chance to share it with you. Gerhard made a beautiful frame saw, following plans in my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. He documented the process on his blog but I wanted to…


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Define Yourself

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    Who are you? no really-    ( Tweet that ) Think about it. What do you like? What do you dislike? What’s your favorite color? Or style? Movie? Book? What are the things you’ll grab for when you smell the smoke and hear…


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Munich in June

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  It was truly an amazing week in Munich, from the 1st to the 6th, and now, after a couple of days recovering, I’m happy to share this video with you. Munich in June. What a week ! Dedicated, inspired and motivated, these students met…


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