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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’

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  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

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  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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It Starts with a Box

It Starts with a Box

  I wanted to post a quick note about some upcoming classes I’ll be teaching in the next few months.   May 12th,  Rosewood Studio in Perth, Ontario. This is a intensive, six day course called – “It starts with a box.”  Students will design…


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Another Year Over

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Happy New Year ! I’m writing this post from the comforts of my bed, the venue where I’ve been battling a wicked flu bug since returning to Canada on new years eve. My family and I missed the ice storms and power outages, here in…


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Kerfing Across the Pond

British Woodworking Magazine

I received the new issue of British Woodworking Magazine today, and was thrilled to find a six page spread, highlighting my kerfing plane design.   They did a great job reproducing this chapter from my new book and making it work in their magazine format….


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Give the Gift

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After the unending barrage of weekend activity, (cyber this and thanks for that) and the looming holiday attack on the senses; I thought it may be a good time to mention the perfect gift for all the wood workers in your life. The Unplugged Woodshop…


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Wednesday Update

Dodies toolchest in use.

Here’s a quick mid-week update for you- First mention is this weeks issue of Woodworkers Journal eZine. They run a column called Today’s Woodworker and I was happy to tell them my story. You can see the full article if you follow the above link….


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