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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

Unplugged Summer

    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

Sunset in Margaree Harbour ... one week away.

      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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Unplugged Update 2015

A perfect fit.... Skinny legs et all.

    It’s been a busy few weeks/months here in the woodshop, and I wanted to take a moment to say thanks- and let you know that changes are coming. The plan is to combine the Unplugged Woodshop website, with an Unplugged Life, into one…


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You Deserve It

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There’s something to be said about the environment we put ourselves in-

think about it…

For the most part, we’re the masters of our own reality-

we can get up and move around, or we can stay put and wither.

“A rolling stone gathers no moss.”

The road less traveled.


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A Saw Bench in the Channel Islands

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  I received a letter from Stuart in the Channel Islands this past week and wanted to share it with you. Stuart recently completed a sawyer’s bench, following plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. He also documented the build on his website – Goatboy’s…


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The First Step

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This may sound obvious, but it’s really good advice – take the first step!

I see it all the time,

a student will ask, “How do I cut dovetails by hand?”

Well, dovetails start with proper layout,

but you can’t properly layout joinery until you carefully prepare your materials.

Preparing material starts with six siding a board…


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A Kerfing Plane in Pennsylvania

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  I received a letter from Nick in Pennsylvania this past week and wanted to share it with you. Nick recently finished a Kerfing Plane following plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. I’m impressed to read how he stuck to a strict budget, yet…


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A Frame Saw in Germany

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  I received a letter from Tom in Germany the other day and thought I’d share it with you. Tom recently made a Frame Saw, following plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. He made a few changes to suit his own body type and…


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