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Tea Tales


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 Related posts: Will… Earning their Keep The good, the bad and the… unplugged- Happy Holidays YARPP powered…


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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 Related posts: Will… THE…


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Hand Made Modern…Take 3

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O.k. so my last few blogs have been about other people’s handy work, hand tools and the like and I’m happy to say that I’m back in the wood shop working again on my own projects. These last few weeks have been busy with life…


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Rob Cosman Dovetail Saws

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Rob Cosman is a well known Canadian ‘hand tool coach’ offering DVD’s and books on wood working for the past 10 years or more. When it comes to sawing dovetails he’s absolutely incredible. I’ve watched pretty much all of his videos and can honestly say…


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Purchasing Handtools

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Over the past few weeks I’ve been surprised at how many new hand tool manufacturers are popping up on the Internet and all of the well known manufacturers are offering new and exciting product. This is nice but I’m sometimes weary…it either takes someone with…


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Safety Week 2009

  BE CAREFUL NEAR MACHINERY Better yet, Unplugg the Woodshop! -just kidding Work safe and use your head. Cheers! (but not until the sharp tools are put away…) Follow @TomFidgen Related posts: Will… Earning their Keep The good, the bad and the… Purchasing Handtools unplugged-…


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