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May 2009


Spring Cleaning

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After a long winter of work shop projects and now coming to the end of a wet Spring here in Southern Ontario it’s time to do a little ‘spring cleaning’ around the wood shop. I’ve been putting this off for far too long and before…


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Bad Axe

A teaser for all of the Galoots out there patiently waiting for the Bad Axe Tool Works hand saws to become available…we’re getting closer! Stay tuned… Follow @TomFidgen Related posts: Will… Earning their Keep The good, the bad and the… unplugged- Happy Holidays YARPP powered…


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Inner City Lumber Jacks

This past Sunday I spent the morning with my friend Douglas, limbing an old Mountain Ash tree in his yard here in Toronto. We basically climbed the trunk like a pair of spider monkeys and with a Japanese style, Ryoba saw and some line made…


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Sam Maloof

Where do we find inspiration ? Is it the calming curve of walnut-rocking or the smile on the face behind the hands creating… An inspiration to all not only working wood; but to all that work and live. Peace. Follow @TomFidgen Related posts: Will… THE…


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Planes in the Mail

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Just got another update from Phil Edwards regarding my hollows and rounds…they’re complete and should be in my grubby little hands by the end of next week. I love it when manufacturers give updates of their work while it’s being done, it makes parting with…


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David Charlesworth Comments

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In a previous post I was looking at some edge jointing techniques David Charlesworth uses and a few readers made some comments and posted a few questions. I thought it would make much more sense to ask David himself, instead of carrying out another online…


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Hand Made Modern…Take 3

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O.k. so my last few blogs have been about other people’s handy work, hand tools and the like and I’m happy to say that I’m back in the wood shop working again on my own projects. These last few weeks have been busy with life…


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Rob Cosman Dovetail Saws

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Rob Cosman is a well known Canadian ‘hand tool coach’ offering DVD’s and books on wood working for the past 10 years or more. When it comes to sawing dovetails he’s absolutely incredible. I’ve watched pretty much all of his videos and can honestly say…


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Purchasing Handtools

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Over the past few weeks I’ve been surprised at how many new hand tool manufacturers are popping up on the Internet and all of the well known manufacturers are offering new and exciting product. This is nice but I’m sometimes weary…it either takes someone with…


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Philly Plane Update

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Last week I blogged about some new hollows and rounds I ordered from Phil Edwards in England. He makes beautiful wooden bodied hand planes in Broadstone, Dorset and is sending me pics as they’re coming along, a nice touch when ordering custom tools. After posting…


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