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Landfill Harmonic

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“My life would be worthless without music.”   A friend posted this video clip on one of the social networks and I had to share it. This is one of the most inspiring things I’ve seen in a long, long time. Watch and you’ll see…


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1% for the Planet

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The Unplugged Woodshop is proud to announce a partnership with 1% for the Planet ! By doing so, the Unplugged Woodshop pledges to donate 1% of annual sales to support non-profit organizations focused on sustainability. ”Signing on to 1% for the Planet shows The Unplugged…


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The Gentleman’s Guide to Amputation

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What more can be said? Had to share. via http://dangerousminds.net/ Follow @TomFidgen Related posts: Speaking of Wood Not to be Outdone Wednesday Update Another Year Over The 5 Steps for Success YARPP powered by AdBistroPowered by


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Wood Working Classes

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While I’m putting the finishing touches on the book projects I’m ready to start scheduling classes again. It’s been awhile and I’m excited to welcome students back to the Unplugged Woodshop. If you’ve never picked-up a hand tool or are an experienced wood worker who…


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The Creative Touch

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      I received a letter from this fellow in Montreal who has been developing a media project for the last year and a half. The project mandate is to tell stories whenever hands, tools and materials converge. He believes that using our hands…


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Hands as hands…

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“It is a tragedy of the first magnitude that millions of people have ceased to use their hands as hands.Nature has bestowed upon us this great gift which is our hands. If the craze for machinery methods continues, it is highly likely that a time…


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The Giving Tree

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My six year old daughter, Piper, invited our entire family into her bedroom this evening for what she called a ‘book club’. We were given strict instruction to choose a book from her book shelf and in turn, read it aloud to share with the…


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Bad Axe Update

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I just got word form my friend Mark Harrell at Bad Axe Tool Works, that if you order a saw between September 15th and 22nd, he GUARANTEES delivery before Christmas! If you’ve inquired recently about build times at Bad Axe, you’ll know that over the…


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What did I miss?

Piper and I in one of the oldest Sugar Maple stands in North America. About an hour North of our home in Cape Breton.

It’s been awhile…after two amazing months out East I’m back in the city and finding my way into the familiar routine of urban life. The summer was busy but we did manage to get a little down time. July was spent finishing off 8 more…


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In the Balance

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” The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price has been forgotten.”  Benjamin Franklin Well in case you haven’t heard, Veritas has released their new line of Bench Chisels. I first laid my eyes (and hands) on them back in…


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Teak Legs From Burma

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I was thrilled to receive a letter from a reader in Burma this past week who made a version of my side table – Skinny legs and all… In case you don’t know, Burma is in South East Asia and lies between Bangladesh and Thailand.The…


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A New Review

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I just received the new issue of Wood News Online, the monthly newsletter by Highland Woodworking. I always like reading this newsletter as it’s been full of great information. The new video series, The Highland Woodworker has also been great to watch. Only two episodes…


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Happy Bang-7 Day

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Follow @TomFidgen Related posts: Around the Woodshop Treasures From the Far East Lobster, Butterfly and Dovetail Soup Safety Week 2009 The Day the Music Died…. YARPP powered by AdBistroPowered by


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30 Craft Market

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Hey folks, I just received an email about the 30 Craft Market in Peterborough, Ontario and thought I’d pass it along for any Ontario readers. These are the details- Vendor Call:  Saturday, Dec 1st, 2012. 12 – 5 pm All items must be $30 or…


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