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In and Around the Woodshop


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. ‚ÄĚSigning on to 1% for the Planet shows The Unplugged…


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December Update

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Well here we are, already into December. I have a few things to mention. First off, you may have noticed a few changes on the site. We started to give the ‘ol website a bit of a facelift last night and still need to fine…


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Skinny Legs Texas style

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I received a letter from Dan in Conroe, Texas ( just outside The Woodlands) about 30 miles north of Houston. He recently completed his version of my Skinny Legs and all, side table. Dan used cherry for the table with walnut drawer fronts and custom…


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The Gentleman’s Guide to Amputation

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What more can be said? Had to share. via http://dangerousminds.net/ Follow @TomFidgen Related posts: CD’s Now Available It Starts with a Box May Days Inspiration in the Wood-Pile Almost There… YARPP powered by AdBistroPowered by


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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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