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In and Around the Woodshop


On the Road Again…

July, 2008.

Well it was back in July, 2008 when I wrote this first post about my new shop, here in the city.

And almost six years to the day, here I am, announcing that I’m moving on again.

“A rolling stone gathers no moss.”


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May Days

Rosewood in the morning light.

  Well, I’m back in Toronto, after 6 amazing days at Rosewood Studio. I had a wonderful group of eager students, who grabbed the idea of working wood with hand tools, by the totes. Working from rough planks, through hand dawn sketches, to full scale…


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A Kerfing Plane in France

Bridle Kerfing Plane

  I received a letter from Aymeric, in France,  and really wanted to share it with you. Aymeric recently completed his Kerfing Plane, following plans from my new book, The Unplugged Woodshop. What I’m most exciting about in this version of the Kerfing plane, instead…


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And on the Third Day…

It starts with a box

  The more I witness the passion for the craft of wood working, pouring from the hands and the hearts of the students here at Rosewood Studio, the more I know I’m in a very good place.     Not only here, in the workshop…


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Rosewood ‘Unplugged’

Franks hand plane chest

  There’s nothing better than listening to the sweet symphony of hand saws, working away, turning rough lumber into manageable parts to work further down into original designs. Today, at Rosewood Studio, there was some sweat, some saw dust, and some shavings- but the best…


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Woodworks

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  I received a letter from Vic Tesolin this week, and thought I’d share it with you. Vic sent me the press release for the Woodworks 2014 Conference at Algonquin College in Perth, Ontario. Here’s the information for the event- It sounds like a fantastic…


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Six Days in May

Plowing a groove for a drawer bottom.

  Well here we are, almost the end of April and with that, about three weeks before I head to Rosewood Studio, in Perth, Ontario. If you haven’t heard, I’ll be there teaching a six-day course I’ve titled,  “It Starts with a Box“, beginning on…


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It Starts with a Box

It Starts with a Box

  I wanted to post a quick note about some upcoming classes I’ll be teaching in the next few months.   May 12th,  Rosewood Studio in Perth, Ontario. This is a intensive, six day course called – “It starts with a box.”  Students will design…


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The Maple Leaf Forever

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  “In Days of yore, from Britain’s shore Wolfe, the dauntless hero, came And planted firm Britannia’s flag On Canada’s fair domain. Here may it wave, our boast, our pride And,  joined in love together, The lily, thistle, shamrock, rose, The Maple Leaf Forever!”  …


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Another Year Over

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Happy New Year ! I’m writing this post from the comforts of my bed, the venue where I’ve been battling a wicked flu bug since returning to Canada on new years eve. My family and I missed the ice storms and power outages, here in…


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Give the Gift

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After the unending barrage of weekend activity, (cyber this and thanks for that) and the looming holiday attack on the senses; I thought it may be a good time to mention the perfect gift for all the wood workers in your life. The Unplugged Woodshop…


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Wednesday Update

Dodies toolchest in use.

Here’s a quick mid-week update for you- First mention is this weeks issue of Woodworkers Journal eZine. They run a column called Today’s Woodworker and I was happy to tell them my story. You can see the full article if you follow the above link….


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5 Questions

those who make

I first became aware of the Those Who Make website a couple of years ago. Since discovering it, I visit a few times a week for it’s inspirational content. People often ask me where I find inspiration? Well it’s from websites like this one, who…


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The Air of September

Funeral chair and birch tree in Cape Breton.

Well- it’s been awhile since I’ve been on ‘the blog‘ but now that summer is over and we’re all settled back into the routine of city living, I’ll have more time to spend here on the site. I know many of you have been asking…


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