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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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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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Handtools and Inspiration

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I received the following letter from Ashley Leedman this morning and felt I should share it here and let you see the beautiful table he built using only hand tools.

A great job Ashley and thanks for the letter.


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www.tomfidgen.com

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Hello to all out there in wood land- just a quick note to say I’ve started a new Tom Fidgen Music blog over at www.tomfidgen.com for anyone interested.


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autumn update

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‘…in the weeds of october, this ‘ol scarecrow gettin’ slower. been a real busy summer, think we’ll push a little further down…’ Weeds of October-2010 Those are the first two lines from a song I wrote about three weeks ago, a fitting analogy…at least it…


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in the days of september…

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the 29th of september-
just like that eh?
well, things have been absolutely over the top since arriving back in Toronto !


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