Month: September 2012

The Art of Living

    “A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.” – L.P Jack   L.P. Jack from Education Through Recreation, published 1932....

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PM-V11. Sounds like a new music video station, no? I know I’m a little late on this post but I wanted to share my two cents about the new steel alloy from Veritas. So what is PM-V11? PM refers to the process known as powder metallurgy, whereby molten metals are atomized into small particles, which cool and harden into a fine powder that is then heated under pressure to form an ingot. So what’s an ingot? An ingot is a material, usually metal, that is cast into a shape suitable for further processing. This mixture of metals combined into...

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Bad Axe Update

I just got word form my friend Mark Harrell at Bad Axe Tool Works, that if you order a saw between September 15th and 22nd, he GUARANTEES delivery before Christmas! If you’ve inquired recently about build times at Bad Axe, you’ll know that over the last two months or so Mark has managed to knock back his backlog to 8-10 weeks. That is quite remarkable considered the wait was up to 4+ months. Pretty impressive turnaround. Mark now has many, many options for you to choose from- wood species, fasteners, backs and even handles sized to fit your hands....

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What did I miss?

It’s been awhile…after two amazing months out East I’m back in the city and finding my way into the familiar routine of urban life. The summer was busy but we did manage to get a little down time. July was spent finishing off 8 more chapters for the new book and with a final deadline at the end of October, I’m beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve had more requests for classes over the last few weeks than I ever have before. Lots of people interested in working wood with hand tools. Well,...

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