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Small World

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A few weeks ago I watched this incredible video on the Fine Woodworking site showing a wood turner in Morocco using his feet and a bow to turn a chess piece. It was a pretty unique method to say the least.  I noticed the video…


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Hand Tool Events Confirmed

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I’m happy to share these dates with you for the coming Lie Nielsen Toolworks Hand Tool Event happening in Canada. Some dates and locations are still not settled but you can find out more information at Lie Nielsen Toolworks. I’ll be attending the events scheduled…


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FRame to FRame

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in like a lion and out like a lamb ? we had some light snow the other day- 1st day of spring my arse! dimensioned the stock for the side table- ripping, cross cutting and resawing by hand- lots and lots of wood shavings but…


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Bench Quest

Every wood worker goes through the same enjoyment and arguably torment of finding and deciding on the kind of work bench they want/need for their wood shops. I get many questions and letters from readers every month about this topic and got to know Steven…


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Made by Hand- Available at…

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Every week I get an email or two from people asking me where they can purchase Made by Hand-Furniture Projects from the Unplugged Woodshop other than here on my web site. Not everyone enjoys or trusts using Pay-pal and would rather


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Welcome

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The Unplugged Woodshop.com is finally a reality. After blogging my way through the last three years on Working Wood, (www.tomfidgen.blogspot.com) I’m extremely pleased to welcome you to my new web site and sincerely hope you enjoy it.


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A Review

Hey everyone- sorry the posts have been a little slack lately but I’ve been over the top busy with the book shipping and all of the other outside activities a time and space explorer must deal with through the day to day. I’m working on…


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Lee Valley News

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Lee Valley Tools offers a great monthly newsletter that if you currently don’t subscribe to, maybe you should consider. It’s always packed with how-to style articles and has some pretty cool monthly side bar columns like: From the Collection, From the Archive and my favourite,…


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Around the Woodshop

Well another October came and went without so much as a pandemic -my kids and I lurked about seven blocks on Halloween before they started to burn out. Three steps away from a flu bug we called it a night. A crisp Autumn wind was…


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The Arts & Crafts Companion

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My wife gave me this book as a birthday present a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to let you know about it. If you search Amazon for books on Arts and Crafts then you’d better start building yourself a new library! There are…


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The Day the Music Died….

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If you’ve already pre-ordered your copy of Made by Hand: Furniture Projects from the Unplugged Woodshop then with your pre-order you’ll be getting a free copy of my last CD, Beyond Before. I recorded the CD the year before my son, Nelson was born. He’s…


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Krenov

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I’m saddened to write that James Krenov passed away this week at the age of 88. “When we discover what wonderful things our eyes and hands are as they seek fine lines and use sharp tools, when we listen to wood and not just use…


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Wood Moves

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Two years ago I built a trestle table for our home and I incorporated bread board ends into the design. When building with bread board ends it’s vital for the main cross grain surface to be able to expand and contract, moving freely within the…


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Bad Axe

A teaser for all of the Galoots out there patiently waiting for the Bad Axe Tool Works hand saws to become available…we’re getting closer! Stay tuned… Follow @TomFidgen


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Inner City Lumber Jacks

This past Sunday I spent the morning with my friend Douglas, limbing an old Mountain Ash tree in his yard here in Toronto. We basically climbed the trunk like a pair of spider monkeys and with a Japanese style, Ryoba saw and some line made…


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Sam Maloof

Where do we find inspiration ? Is it the calming curve of walnut-rocking or the smile on the face behind the hands creating… An inspiration to all not only working wood; but to all that work and live. Peace. Follow @TomFidgen


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