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10 Week Programs NOW OPEN!

Semester 1 - Artisan Program

Semester 2 - Maker Program

Semester 3 - Designer Program

From the historic methods described by André Jacob Roubo in the 1700’s, you’ll study tools and techniques used centuries ago. We’ll then fast forward three hundred years, and find inspiration and motivation from the impractical teachings of James Krenov.

Saw Bench Kits Now Available!

Pre-Dimensioned and ready for joinery and final smoothing.

Available in assorted local hardwoods:

Ash $145

Maple $145

Walnut $170

Bird's Eye Maple: $185

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August 15, 2016

MONDAY MUNDANE   A close friend of mine posted this photo the other day while he was visiting NewFoundLand with his family. As soon as I read it I asked him if I could use it for todays post- you see, the timing was perfect. I was thinking about education, my wife and I had […]

Standing Tool Cabinet – Episode 3

August 12, 2016

– An Apprentice’s Journey – THE STANDING TOOL CABINET BUILD – EPISODE 3 BY JUSTIN STARR When bringing your material down to final dimension you have to first get through the rough layer of weather exposed wood. This layer can have a great deal of dirt that will dull your iron’s extremely quickly. For this purpose, using […]

Standing Tool Cabinet – Episode 2

August 8, 2016

– An Apprentice’s Journey – THE STANDING TOOL CABINET BUILD – EPISODE 2 BY JUSTIN STARR The original plan was to make the entire cabinet from Douglas Fir. Large 3×3’s for the base and flat sawn for the rest. When I arrived at the lumber mill they didn’t have anything that I was looking for; this […]

Monday Mundane. August, 2016

August 8, 2016

  OK… I’ll admit it. It’s actually Sunday evening, at 8:37PM, to be precise, and I just sat down in front of a screen for the first time in 2 days. It feels good to be back but better to be away!    ( no offense -; ) I missed the last few Monday Mundane […]

Standing Tool Cabinet – Episode 1

August 5, 2016

– An Apprentice’s Journey – THE STANDING TOOL CABINET BUILD – EPISODE 1 BY JUSTIN STARR A quiet summer at the school has begun! Tom is out east enjoying his time back home and I’m in the city enjoying the heat. On the exceptionally hot days I always remember the opening scene from Die Hard […]

Installing a Benchcrafted Moxon Vice at the UW Toronto

August 5, 2016

Our Joinery Bench continues…     When we finished installing the HNT Gordon tail vice on our Joinery Bench, it was time to move onto the Moxon Vice.   The Hardware The term Moxon Vice is used for the hardware option we went with, a manufactured kit with all the hardware to make the job easy […]

A Frame Saw in Southern, California

July 13, 2016

READERS PROJECT I received a letter from Jarrett in California this week and wanted to share it with you. Jarrett just finished making a Frame Saw, following plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. He used maple for the frame, and came up with a clever design due to the fact that he didn’t have […]

A Funeral Chair in Ontario

July 6, 2016

READERS PROJECT   I received a letter from Mackenzie a couple of weeks ago and wanted to finally share it with you. Mackenzie made a Funeral Chair following plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. The chair looks amazing Mackenzie! Thanks again for sharing this with us~     Hey Tom! To start, I’m not sure […]

Life can be Scary

July 4, 2016

    When I decided to leave Toronto, move back to Cape Breton, and have some kids and raise a family, it was scary. That was in 2003 and things turned out ok. I now have two beautiful children, an amazing wife, and we still have our home in Cape Breton. When I decided to […]

Ain’t no Feathers…

July 1, 2016

READERS PROJECT I received a letter from Josh a little while ago and wanted to share it with you. Josh recently finished building the small Wall Cabinet from my first book Made by Hand. He used walnut for the carcase and maple for the drawer fronts. One of my favourite combinations! Great job on the […]

Life is a story, and we're all writing our own chapters, what will you decide to say?"

From The Unplugged Woodshop book. Tom Fidgen, 2013

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Episode 202 – Summertime Spoon Shaping

By tom | August 20, 2016

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