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A Toolchest in Australia

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  I received a letter from Hugh in Australia earlier this summer and wanted to share it with you. Hugh made a toolchest following plans from my book, Made by Hand. It turned out really well and I love that he made it ‘his own‘….


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Three Types of People

3 types of people...

    There are three types of people in this world: People that MAKE things happen People that WATCH things happen and people that WONDER what happened.   Which type are you?   To be completely honest with you- I think we all have a…


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A Kerfing Plane in Germany

A Kerfing Plane in Germany

    Here’s a letter I received back in July, and finally found the time to share it- “these so called vacations will soon be my death…”   Thanks for the letter Stefan, the kerfing plane looks great; I’ll look forward to seeing the next…


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Kerfing Plane & Frame Saw Hardware?

Tools for making shop sawn veneer

      Hi folks! Just a quick head’s up for you~ I noticed on the Bad Axe Facebook page they’re having a sale!   “…Hardware Kits on sale and marked down from $250 to $200 — good from now through 7 Sep during our…


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A Time to be Inspired

A time to be Inspired - UW Toronto - December 2015

    Allow yourself some time to be inspired. It sounds funny doesn’t it? We tend to think inspiration hits us on the head just like a cartoon – a lightening bolt splits the clouds and strikes us on the head. BAM! Here is your…


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Put it out there…

Out on the Mira ... the Unplugged Shoe Shop ?

    Be it a new furniture project, a blog post, a special meal for friends, an opportunity– not just the once-in-a-lifetime chances, but all the day to day magic too.   The mundane ( Monday ) things you’ve been meaning to start this summer……


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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

David Charlesworth workbench

  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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