Month: June 2009

Taking a Break

  Over an ocean and over a sea Beyond these great waters, oh what do I see? I see the great mountains Climb from the coastline The hills of Cape Breton, this new home of mine Oh they come from the countries all over the world To hack at the forest, to plow the land down Fishermen, farmers and sailors all come To clear for the future this pioneer ground We are an island, a rock in a stream We are a people as proud as there’s been In soft summer breeze or in wild winter winds The home...

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Mark Harrell

  Here’s another quick update from Mark at Technoprimitives. He recently sent me some new pics and an update on his back saws. I’ve been lucky to be able to correspond with him over this past year; to watch as he gears up to launch a new business is an exciting thing for sure. From the initial ideas of his logo and etchings to the spectacular medallions and environmentally friendly packaging I wonder what it takes to make this kind of leap of faith into a market that is really a niche to most. I’ve often thought about how...

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A Good Road Trip

  This past Saturday turned out to be a good one for me; first off I finally made it out to A & M Wood to pick up my order of Quarter Sawn White Oak. Terry Johnston did a fantastic job finding some of the nicest Oak I’ve seen in awhile. I now have a shop full of planks in the neighborhood of 1 3/4″ thick by 8″ wide by 8′ long. Some serious weight there indeed. On my way out to Cambridge, where A & M is located I made a quick pit stop in the Ontario Carpenters...

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Ripping Wood

  I recently had a question about the specs on the rip saw I was using in the Moulding plane/Miter blog from a few days ago. Instead of answering in the comment section I thought I’d do it here. I have a few old Rip saws I’ve acquired through yard sales and flea markets as well as a new Pax from England. I barely touch the Pax except for soft, green wood outside of my shop…kind of the weekend work, helping out the brother-in-law build a fence or deck stuff. The particular saw in question is the one pictured...

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Greener Is as Greener Does…

  As a woodworker-day in and day out, working with a medium that is truly all things living, I have a hard time not thinking about our planet, our forests and our environment. Not to get all ‘Al Gore’ on you- but global warming, green house gases and my own carbon footprint…we’ve all heard the arguments and hopefully we’re all doing our share to help. That said I just received a letter from Mark at Technoprimitives describing how he’s doing his own part. Bad Axe Tool works is his new saw manufacturing company and I thought (or hoped) that...

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