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An Unplugged Summer


Summertime

The Unplugged Woodshop

July 21st, these past three weeks have been a most welcome break from the hectic pace the city demands. The calm of Cape Breton Island is good for the soul. I’m ‘borrowing’ an internet signal to update the blog tonight. I’m afraid I don’t have…


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What did I miss?

Piper and I in one of the oldest Sugar Maple stands in North America. About an hour North of our home in Cape Breton.

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…


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the Gorman bench Video

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This is a custom design I fell into this past summer, 2011.
The Gorman Bench.
The music is something I just came up with and will also call the Gorman bench. Thanks for watching. Cheers!


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Hand Made Modern- The Gorman Bench Final

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In my last post I finished bending the arms and the main double  tenon joinery complete on the cherry bench. The good thing about this design is that there is really only 6 major joinery ‘intersections’ on the entire piece and the double tenon method…


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The Gorman Bench

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Now where was I ? oh yeah, Cape Breton Island. Summer time. ‘The Gorman Commission’ Sounds impressive no? ; ) It’s a bench in cherry I made during my so called summer ‘vacation‘. Inspired by an authentic Danish made, mid-modern rocking chair. The two pieces…


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Mid-Summers Update

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August already. Sorry for the delay in posts. I’ve been happily  ‘out of range’ for the past 4 weeks and trying my best to squeeze in a few days vacation. Summer time 2011. I brought the Queens Wharf project along with me from Toronto figuring…


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Summer Cabinets

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Just got a few shots from my clients in Cape Breton showing the two built ins I made during the 7 weeks I was out East. In my last post I showed a few pics while these cabinets were being built and here are some…


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scenes of summer

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7 weeks on Cape Breton Island-here are some visuals.


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The July palette

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Well, we made it-

July in Cape Breton…what could be better?

A little bit of rain but hey, we’re home.
; )

A few days of unpacking and sweeping.

Cleaning out the cobwebs and dusting off another summer time season with a promise of life and the love of living.


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Unplugged Summer Part Four (and final)

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  The stock for the feet is cut and planned flat, I left them slightly long so I would have the option of trimming back later. The stock is also left square until I chop the mortises and on this day, is where I began…


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Unplugged Summer Part Three

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With the dovetails dry fit I’ll take some of my scrap wood and try to get a sense of the weight and dimension the stand should be for the piece. I want things to be slight and skinny, with a modern sensibility about it. The…


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The Unplugged Summer Part Two

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Drilling holes in a perfectly fine bench top can be as scary as you make it; I’ve been using this style bench at my shop in Toronto and have come to find I’m much more comfortable hand planing stock with it sitting freely on the…


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The Unplugged Summer

summer shop bench room

Back in the city after an incredible summer out on the coast. I’m really quite excited to be getting back to work on the heritage door project but before I do I thought I’d share a little slice of the past seven weeks at home…


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SUMMER CRAWLS…

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  Offcuts of Khaya from the boat building days welcomed me home to my shop on the coast. I left the city behind, those garbage-strike-dogs-days of summer… Timing you know, really is everything. What better time or place to unwind and decompress from the year…


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