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A Spanish Kerfing Plane

Spanish Kerfing Plane

  I received a letter from a reader in Spain yesterday, who recently finished making a Kerfing Plane for himself. Following the plans from my last book, The Unplugged Woodshop, he made an adjustable fence version, but came up with a way to get around…


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The Minimalist Woodworker

The Minimalist Woodworker

  So, I have a friend I met about 6 years ago- he’s a veteran of the Canadian Army and I met him when he used to be the editor of Canadian Woodworking Magazine. He studied at Rosewood Studio in Perth, Ontario and then went…


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and……….GO!

an unplugged life

  Well I may have a few more grey whiskers today, but the good news is the new website is up and running- ( see for yourself right here! ) Episode one is live with episode two close on it’s way. I’m excited to share…


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Almost There…

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  Hi folks, I often hear people say that starting a new website, or changing over a new platform is never easy. Well, I’m here to confirm that again!     We’re having some issues with the new website and I’m trying to find someone…


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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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Unplugged in Ft. Worth, Texas

A Lying Press and Kerfing Plane getting put to use in Texas.

  As you’re reading this, I should be just waking up in Perth, Ontario at the Woodworks Conference. Hopefully not too hungover or blurry eyed, and if I still have a voice today, I’m happy~ I have a lecture to give this afternoon and I’m…


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July in Warwickshire, England

The Sawyer's Bench in use.

**PLEASE NOTE- THE VENUE FOR THIS CLASS HAS CHANGED. CHANGES ARE NOTED BELOW- I’m thrilled to announce I’ll be teaching a five day course with The New English Workshop next summer. From July 13th to 17th, I’ll be at Warwickshire College, in Royal Leamington Spa,  one…


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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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