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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 onĀ  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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The Best Saw for You

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This is an article by Mark Harrell posted on the Bad Axe Tool Works website. I thought it worth while to re-print it here ( with Marks permission ) because it answers a whole slew of questions on hand saw decisions, sharpening techniques and terminologies.


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CD’s Now Available

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I had a few inquiries about when and where you can get ‘a boy called fish’ in CD format. Good news is they’re finally in and if you’d like to order a copy then you can do so here. Just click the paypal button below…


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NOW AVAILABLE

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Well here we are, almost at the end of January. If you were wondering why the blogs have been far and few between these days it’s because I’ve been very busy working on my new album, ‘a boy called fish’. Here’s a press release I’d…


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A Cabinetmakers Toolchest

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Hi Tom,

My name is Tyler Lancaster, I received your book “Made by Hand” last month for my birthday and I have had the chance to read it. I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to write it, I truly enjoyed it and have drawn great inspiration from it.


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Happy Holidays

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It’s been a truly amazing year here at the Unplugged Woodshop- a real roller coaster ride to say the least. I’d like to thank all of you, the readers for making this year one of the best ever…the comments and feedback really mean a lot…


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Album Artwork

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Well here it is- my new album cover for ‘a boy called fish’.

I really wanted to keep this ‘in the bag’ until the album was ready but made the mistake of using it as my profile picture on Facebook this morning-!!

People are already commenting on it so I thought I should let everyone know where it came from.


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Ripsaw Revelation

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Hey Tom,

This last summer (of 2010), I purchased your book “Made By Hand”, and found it to be quite inspirational. You see, I had just begun a cabinet-making and joinery apprenticeship through a technical trade school. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at school, but as I entered the field, I found there to be a prejudice against working wood by hand. If there was some form of…


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