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In and Around the Woodshop


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.

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 Bridgwater College, in Somerset, located in South West England. The project for this course will my Sawyer’s Bench.  …


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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

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  …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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Summertime Handtool Essentials

Crosscutting some rough Spruce in the summer shop.

  Each and every year, I travel 2500 kilometers to my summer home on Cape Breton Island, in Nova Scotia. Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the city life, we never make too many plans for our summer vacation. We prefer to let things…


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An Unplugged Life

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  Subscribers and Tribe Members, Readers and Friends, top of the morning, afternoon and evening to you, and thanks for the click!     This video should speak for itself, but over the next 43 days, we’re super excited to share the details about our…


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Navigating Hurricanes

Hurricane Arthur

  I’m sitting at my sisters cottage, in rural New Brunswick today, listening to the rain and the wind outside, testing the newly renovated work they’ve done on the place since the winter. Hurricane Arthur is making his way up the coast, dropping 100-150 millimeters…


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A Veneer Hammer in Florida

A Veneer Hammer in Florida

  I received a letter from Eric, in West Palm Beach Florida a few days ago and wanted to share it with you. Eric recently completed a version of my veneer hammer following the instruction I gave in these previous posts- Making a Veneer Hammer…


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