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In and Around the Woodshop


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

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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

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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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A Sharpening Bench

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I received a letter from a reader in the Knoxville area and wanted to share. Brent has built a great version of my sharpening bench with some added storage below. Nice job Brent, and thanks again for sharing. If you’d like to build your own…


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mayday – mayday …

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Sorry for the distressful title, things are actually going quite well here in the woodshop. I’ve been busier than a billy goat, but busy is good and here I am, on the 31st of May and finally have the gumption/time (?) to feed the blog…


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February Update

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Hey folks- well here we are, already well into February and these past two weeks have left me little time in the wood shop other than teaching wood working classes. Between snow storms, family activities and other commitments, I really haven’t had much time to…


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A Makers Mark

Custom stamp by Infinity Stamps, Inc.

I just received the new custom stamp I ordered from Infinity Stamps Inc. and am extremely pleased with the results. Seeing as I’m going to start offering products for sale here at the UW, I figured I’d better get something to leave a mark. This…


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Hollow out a little history…

Easy Wood Tools

Speaking of treadle machines, ( DNF-4 ) over the holiday break I found some time between book editing and holiday cheer, to set up my CME Handworks Inc. treadle lathe and it just so happens, I ordered myself a set of Easy Wood Tools which…


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1% for the Planet

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The Unplugged Woodshop is proud to announce a partnership with 1% for the Planet ! By doing so, the Unplugged Woodshop pledges to donate 1% of annual sales to support non-profit organizations focused on sustainability. ”Signing on to 1% for the Planet shows The Unplugged…


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