Author: tom

Maker Space now Available

THE WOODSHOP IS READY…ARE YOU?     Before opening the UW-Toronto, I taught private classes in a small home workshop for the better part of six years. Through that time, many of my students would mention not having the space for a workshop of their own. Maybe they lived in an apartment or condo, or they just weren’t at the stage of their lives where they could invest in the tools and work space required for working wood by hand. Here in Toronto, I watched shared work space models come and go, and would often times hear mixed reviews about them. You...

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Episode 143 – Unboxing Bad Axe

    As the title suggests, in this episode, we'll unbox a nest of backsaws from our latest tool partner- we're extremely happy to announce Bad Axe Tool Works is now available at the Unplugged Woodshop-Toronto! Mark Harrell and I have been friends since the beginning, the year before I started writing my first book, Made by Hand, I sent him some of my panel saws to sharpen. That was way back when he was still called Technoprimitives, and full time . . . To view the remaining content please login or register below. Become An Unplugged Life...

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THE TORONTO STAR

This is an article from yesterday’s Toronto Star.   THE POWER OF GOING POWERLESS At The Unplugged Woodshop, Tom Fidgen teaches woodworking classes using hand-powered tools BY DIANE PETERS Photos by Todd Korol/Star Touch In this large, second-floor industrial space, the sun floods in through southwest-facing windows. It’s perfect light for illuminating the task at hand: creating things, mainly in wood, using hand-powered tools. This is The Unplugged Workshop, at Carlaw Ave. and Dundas St. E., a power tool-free woodworking shop. It’s also the new creative home base of Tom Fidgen, a musician and woodworker who’s built a brand around...

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Episode 142 – Final Shaping on the Hardware Hanger

  Hey folks! Well, we're back with another episode on the hardware hanger- who knew such a small thing could take so long?  In this episode we'll get into a bit of sawing, a bit of filing, a bit of oil and voila!  It's all ready to go. enjoy~         . . . To view the remaining content please login or register below. Become An Unplugged Life...

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Do you Want to?

MONDAY MUNDANE   Working wood or simply working… Do you want to? Do you really want to? Think about it. What’s it for? Is it for acknowledgement? Is it for reward? Is it to get paid? Is it because someone asked you to do it? Is it because you signed an agreement or made a deal? Is it out of need? Or is because you want to?   “Make because you need- create because you want.” There’s a difference. When you need a seat to sit on – make one. When you feel deeply inspired to design some original form of seat – create it.   If...

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