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An Unplugged Life – 2015

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   Click here to visit An Unplugged Life.com     It’s already the second week of 2015-                      how are those resolutions going?   Are you staying motivated? Getting inspired? Finding time in the wood shop? Working wood? Developing your skills? Practicing techniques?   If…


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Meet me in the Valley

The fundamentals of hand tools

  Hey folks, if you’re in, or around the Toronto area on January 3rd, ( next Saturday ) I’ll be teaching a seminar at the Lee Valley Tools Store in Vaughan, Ontario.     Here are the details:   Fundamentals of Hand Tools 4 hours…


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Happy Holidays

UW Holiday greeting

All the best to you and yours in 2015.


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The Gift of Music

Human by Trade - 1998

  With the Holiday Season upon us, I’m happy to say that my first two solo albums are now available  on iTunes. If you’re a fan of my videos, and more importantly, the music in my videos- well now you can download it all and…


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Do You Wanna Make some Hand Tools?

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  If you’d like to make some hand tools, specifically designed for shop sawn veneer, then join me for a week in June, at DICTUM GmbH Woodworking School in Munich, Germany. I’ll be teaching two classes over the run of a week.     In…


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A Saw Bench Down Under

Saw Bench top with fence

  I received a letter yesterday from Salko in Australia yesterday, he just finished making himself a Sawyer’s Bench following the plans in my book – The Unplugged Woodshop. Really great job on the saw bench Salko- Hope you find it useful in your work…


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The Good News and the Bad

  Here we are, already the middle of October. I suppose with the title of this post, it may have you wondering- well, don’t worry… I’m being a little mellow-dramatic. So being from the East Coast, I’ll keep the tradition alive and start with the…


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The Minimalist Woodworker

The Minimalist Woodworker

  So, I have a friend I met about 6 years ago- he’s a veteran of the Canadian Army and I met him when he used to be the editor of Canadian Woodworking Magazine. He studied at Rosewood Studio in Perth, Ontario and then went…


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and……….GO!

an unplugged life

  Well I may have a few more grey whiskers today, but the good news is the new website is up and running- ( see for yourself right here! ) Episode one is live with episode two close on it’s way. I’m excited to share…


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Almost There…

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  Hi folks, I often hear people say that starting a new website, or changing over a new platform is never easy. Well, I’m here to confirm that again!     We’re having some issues with the new website and I’m trying to find someone…


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The 5 Steps for Success

the 5 Steps for Success

  Over this past weekend, while I was attending the WOODWORKS CONFERENCE in Perth, Ontario, I gave a 60 minute talk titled ‘The Journey is the Destination‘. It showed the delegates five simple skills, anyone can practice at home, that will help elevate their chances…


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July in Somerset, England

The Sawyer's Bench in use.

**PLEASE NOTE- THE VENUE FOR THIS CLASS HAS CHANGED. CHANGES ARE NOTED BELOW- I’m thrilled to announce I’ll be teaching a five day course with The New English Workshop next summer. From July 13th to 17th, I’ll be at Warwickshire College, in Royal Leamington Spa,  one…


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Innovation in Tools

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  In early July, ( about 10 weeks ago ) I was invited to the head office of Lee Valley & Veritas Tools in Ottawa, Ontario. I was told it was to be a kind of “secret meeting“.   But why all the secrecy? Why…


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Inspiration in the Wood-Pile

tom fidgen, the unplugged woodshop, made by hand, an unplugged life, woodworking videos, woodworking, hand tools, inspiration, design,

  …The wood was gray and the bark warping off it And the pile somewhat sunken.Clematis Had wound strings round and round it like a bundle….                                       …


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