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Ukuleles Unplugged

Tools and cherry wood.

  I received a letter from a reader in Sweden the other day and wanted to share it with you. Sven Nyström builds Ukuleles under the working name – Argapa Ukuleles. I was thrilled to see him utilizing two of the tool designs from my…


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Inspiration in the Wood-Pile

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  …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….                                       …


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Only Three Weeks Away

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  Hey folks, With the kids off to school this morning for another year, I wanted to take a minute to remind you of the WOODWORKS CONFERENCE 2014. It’s only three weeks away and filling up fast! This year has an amazing lineup of personalities,…


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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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A Valet in Toronto

Valet detail

  I received a letter from Rick, in Toronto yesterday. He recently finished his version of the Gentleman’s Valet, following plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. Your timing is perfect Rick, and the valet looks great! It’s also great to see your sawyer’s bench…


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Es beginnt mit einem Kasten

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  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,…


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Dictum GmbH

'Kerfing Plane' of necessity

  There’s a woodworking school in Munich, Germany, that has a logo that reads ‘More Than Tools’. I’ve been teaching at it for the last three days and already I can honestly say that this logo is perfectly suited. Dictum has SO MUCH more than tools-…


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May Days

Rosewood in the morning light.

  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…


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And on the Third Day…

It starts with a box

  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…


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Rosewood ‘Unplugged’

Franks hand plane chest

  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…


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At the Pre-Finish Line

Blond shellac

  In the last video post, the Good Dr.’s Medicine Chest part ten, I applied a few coats of shellac, and then installed the hardware. If that seems a little backwards, I suppose it is. But as you know, if you’ve read any of my…


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Woodworks

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  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…


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Extending Your Reach

Extending your reach.

  In the last video post, the Good Dr.’s Medicine Chest part seven, I began by plowing the grooves into the two large panels on the chest. To execute these grooves, I used my Veritas small plow plane If you care to take note, the…


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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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