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‘Tis the Season…

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“Well it’s beginning to look a lot like…” Hey folks, the 2011 Lee Valley Tools Christmas Catalog arrived in the mail today. ; ) How time flies while you’re working wood! This year it’s full of great gift ideas for the wood worker on your…


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and so it begins…

Publishing Deal

It’s November 10th, 2011 and I have some exciting news to share. I’m happy to say I just signed a new publishing deal with none other than the Taunton Press. The company that brings us Fine Woodworking Magazine, Fine Home building, Fine Gardening and Fine…


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Lee Valley on You Tube

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Hey folks, sorry I’ve been under the radar as of late but things around the wood shop are as busy as ever. Classes have been taking up most of my time and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and teaching a wide range of students…


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Dear Matt,

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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 Related posts: VERITAS® Detail Chisels FINISHING SECRETS-UPDATE… One Mans Treasure is Another Mans… Dictum GmbH A Valet in Toronto YARPP powered by AdBistroPowered by


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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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