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The 5 Steps for Success

the 5 Steps for Success

  Over this past weekend, while I was attending the WOODWORKS CONFERENCE in Perth, Ontario, I gave a 60 minute talk titled ‘The Journey is the Destination‘. It showed the delegates five simple skills, anyone can practice at home, that will help elevate their chances…


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Feathers in Georgia

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  I received a letter from David in Georgia the other day and wanted to share it with you here- David recently completed a pair of cabinets using my “Ain’t no feathers around here boys…” project as inspiration. He made one for a friends wedding…


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An Unplugged Life

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  Subscribers and Tribe Members, Readers and Friends, top of the morning, afternoon and evening to you, and thanks for the click!     This video should speak for itself, but over the next 43 days, we’re super excited to share the details about our…


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Celebrating The Maple Leaf Forever

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  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…


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The Utah Box

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  Last month, while teaching at Rosewood Studio, one of my students got about half way through his tool chest project. I made him promise me that he would keep me updated on his project when he returned back home to Utah. Well, I’m happy…


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A Funeral Chair in Illinois

Funeral Chair in maple and walnut

  I just received a letter from Josh in Illinois- He recently finished a Funeral Chair, following plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop and I wanted to share it with you. It’s great to see a version of the chair in maple with seat…


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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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Where do the Hunters Heal ?

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Last week I received a wonderful letter from Sarah, a wood worker in British Columbia, Canada. Sarah built a fantastic version of the hunt board project from my first book, Made by Hand. She used a nice combination of wood species and added some textured…


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The Autodidact’s Chair part five

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This segment of ‘The Autodidact’s Chair’ picks up with rough dimensioning the poplar for the lower frame. The stock is ripped,  crosscut, and then dimensioned square before the frame parts are laid out.                   I  hope everyone…


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DNF-2

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This weeks installment of ‘definitely not furniture‘ features a few examples of the wooden card holders/wallets I’ve made over the past month. Simple and clean, they’re a great way to use up those little offcuts around the woodshop. These ones have a leather strap that’s…


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The Autodidact’s Chair part four

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After the bent laminations are cut to length and smoothed, the rails are made up from solid poplar. The parts are dimensioned and the joinery begins. I decided to use twin tenons on the corners for some extra strength and glue surface. The parts are…


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The Autodidact’s Chair part three

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After the laminations are complete, the lengths and edges need to be defined. The chair stiles are a little awkward to work due to their shape but a hold-fast comes in handy and helps keep them in place while I crosscut them to length. Once…


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Definitely Not Furniture

Closure straps with nickle rivets and hardware.

Welcome to the Unplugged Woodshop- where THINGS are made by hand. So, that said, and this being Friday,  I’d like to start a new series to showcase some non-furniture projects I’ve been working on. Working wood and building furniture is obviously my passion, but I…


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The Autodidact’s Chair part one

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As mentioned, this design was inspired by the ‘scoop chair’ I hold in my memory. The bent seat was a given, but I wanted to re-design the frame as well as incorporating a woven leather seat. I want this piece to have a contemporary feel…


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