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 was I going back to Ottawa, Ontario- mere weeks after […]
…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…. […]
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 unwind naturally, and welcome the spontaneity and excitement that summer […]
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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 of rain, with winds gusting up to 120 kilometers. Our […]
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 Part One and Part Two. The veneer hammer I made […]
There’s always something special about traveling to other countries. Visiting new lands and discovering new cultures. Of course, you can always find new faces, and make new friends without ever leaving your own neighborhood, but when you visit another country for the first time, things feel different. Not bad, but – different. […]
It was a beautiful day in Toronto yesterday, the sun was shining, the wind was warm, and we made our way down to the Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre. These days, the mill houses a museum, an art gallery, a theater and a forest preserve. This setting made an ideal backdrop for […]
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.”
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 drawings- my students cross cut, ripped and in some cases […]
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 of using threaded screws for the adjustable fence, Aymeric made […]
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 in Perth, but in the hearts of all wood workers […]
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 part? Those ‘light bulb’ moments where someone discovered a new […]
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 weekend, I hope you’ll me able to make it. […]