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Tea Tales


Dear Matt,

the unknown craftsman

I get asked fairly often What inspires me.
what books I read, what blogs I follow.
To answer in detail about my source of inspiration you’ll have to wait until my next book is finished but for now here’s some dialogue between a reader and I this afternoon.


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the Gorman bench Video

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This is a custom design I fell into this past summer, 2011.
The Gorman Bench.
The music is something I just came up with and will also call the Gorman bench. Thanks for watching. Cheers!


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DANGER, DANGER…

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Hey folks- we’re going through the ‘anti bug’,  server-change-over this week !! ; o – so ,the ‘web site’ may be a little confused. But on the upside, I should have an announcement in the next two weeks about a new project…maybe a few new…


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Haves

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I found this on deshoda.com. Follow @TomFidgen


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A Toolchest from Estonia

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I received a letter from Tõnis Arjus in Estonia this past week and included were these great shots of his new tool chest. I absolutely love what Tõnis did with the design. It looks like he took some of the aesthetic elements of my Cabinetmakers…


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TIMBER.

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Inner city lumberjacks? Purveyors of history using wood as their medium? Sure, that sounds about right and will suffice as an introduction for now. I’m sure I’ll be mentioning them more often now that I finally found them and stopped in ! If you frequent…


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Squarely

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NEW FROM LEE VALLEY TOOLS Do you keep a 6″ inch metal rule close at hand while in the wood shop? I do, every minute. There’s one in my tool tray, one in my apron pocket, another one over on the sharpening bench for the…


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‘Arts Weeks’ in England

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Hi Tom,
I’ll be fascinated to see how all your shop changes materialise in time, new bench and tools etc, good to hear.
On my own front I’ve been making a few visits in the Cotswold hills and villages to a selection of furniture makers, one particular being Waywood Furniture…


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It’s in the Intonation

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Most of the woodworkers I meet know how to play a musical instrument.

From string to wind and wind to wood, what ever.

Point is most woodworkers seem to naturally have or gain through repetition, a sense of rhythm while we work with hand tools, we’re musical even if we don’t actually play instruments.


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When the Bow breaks

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Not so long ago I took apart my bow saw to transport it and when I reassembled it and put tension back on -
SNAP !
; (

Damn…

always right in the middle of a project.

Well, I better fix it.
It went something like this.


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wardrobe visit

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so much happening around the woodshop i need to catch up in a later, longer entry but for now I finally got a shot of a piece i made in october..ish..november?? all a blurr now-the war drobe is doing well on the 5th floor of their inner city condo…


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A Walk through the Valley

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I was invited to speak at the Ottawa Woodworkers Association annual event this past weekend and had an inspiring time to say the least. Let me start by saying thanks again to all of the members who were able to attend and a big shout…


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working wood…

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it’s been pretty busy around the wood shop and i’m getting closer and closer to some new projects i’m looking forward to sharing with everyone -

something soon i hope !

from saw benches to wood classes, magazine articles and new CD promotion followed with another wave of wood classes and magazine articles and new…


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Turner Needed…

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I received a letter from Dave in Whitehorse, YT asking me about the 5 drawer side table you’ll find a few photos of in the Gallery section of Made by Hand.

The table design is kind of a ‘country-cousin’ of one by Garrett Hack with the most obvious difference being the…


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WOODWORKS 2011

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I’m happy to let you know about the 2011, WOODWORKS Conference by the Ottawa Woodworkers Association on Saturday, April 9th in Ottawa, ON. It’ll be at Louis Riel High School, LOCATED AT 1655 Bearbrook Rd, in Ottawa. Registration is on  April 8th from 6-8pm and…


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38 days, or was it 38 ways ?

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38 days of winter to go ?

c’mon, that’s nothing.

we’ve got it licked- spring’ll be here before you know it…

just-a-saunterin’ back through the inner city slumber … sure i get it,

some mornings feel like those halloween eyes and cracker jacks winkin’~


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