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In and Around the Woodshop


Wood Working Classes

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While I’m putting the finishing touches on the book projects I’m ready to start scheduling classes again. It’s been awhile and I’m excited to welcome students back to the Unplugged Woodshop. If you’ve never picked-up a hand tool or are an experienced wood worker who…


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Crunch Time

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Well it’s Friday, the 26th of October and my deadline is Tuesday the 30th~ what does that mean? Crunch time! This past year has been quite a trip. I signed my publishing deal with The Taunton Press last November and here we are, already a…


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The Giving Tree

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My six year old daughter, Piper, invited our entire family into her bedroom this evening for what she called a ‘book club’. We were given strict instruction to choose a book from her book shelf and in turn, read it aloud to share with the…


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The Art of Living

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    “A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision…


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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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In the Balance

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” The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price has been forgotten.”  Benjamin Franklin Well in case you haven’t heard, Veritas has released their new line of Bench Chisels. I first laid my eyes (and hands) on them back in…


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Spring Classes Wrap Up

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Well it’s the middle of June and that means that the Spring Class Session is over. Thanks to all my students who spent some time with me over the last few months in the wood shop. From beginners to experienced, young and old, Mothers, daughters,…


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In the Field

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So before I even begin, let me say this post isn’t really wood working related. This is just me venting some thoughts on how cool I think Field Notes are. Field Notes? C’mon- you know. Those little pocket ledgers that people, who still remember how…


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Workshop Appliances

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I think anyone who uses hand tools on a regular basis would benefit from some simple work bench appliances. Whether you build your own or purchase them, they really make a difference in the wood shop. A shooting board. The most effective way to trim…


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Two is better than one.

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When I first starting using the new, Veritas Dual Marking Gauge late last fall I wasn’t sure how often I’d actually use both sides of the gauge at once. Up until that point I used a single type gauge. Through the first week in use…


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May Update

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Busy days around the woodshop these past few weeks. Funny, since I posted the little video of my daughter making her wand a few weeks ago I’ve exclusively had female students! Coincidence? Two weeks ago it was a Mother and Daughter who were interested in…


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Not to be Outdone

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After seeing her big brothers magic wand we made last week, my 5 year old daughter Piper decided she needed a little magic of her own. We followed the same basic steps, from spokeshave to sandpaper, saw to finish. She chose an off-cut of aromatic…


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Making Magic

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My seven year old son Nelson, recently watched the final part of the Harry Potter movies. He’s a bit of a book worm to say the least and ever since watching the series, he has been determined to make a magic wand. Yesterday, we spent…


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Marching On…

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“Slayer of the winter, art thou here again? O welcome, thou that bring’st the summer nigh! The bitter wind makes not the victory vain. Nor will we mock thee for thy faint blue sky.” – William Morris This past week I had three people ask…


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Mitre Shooting Board

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Its been a very busy week here in the wood shop. Some shop made tools were at the top of my list both new book projects as well as a few made out of necessity. A furniture project that incorporates a mitered box with splines…


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American Pattern

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In the Autumn of 1949, a pattern maker named Ashley Iles began making and selling tools in a small workshop in Sheffield, England. Today, the family run business is still making and selling finely crafted tools in a factory now located in Lincolnshire. I had…


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