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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

Ā  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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La Bella Mona Lisa

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A good friend of mine back home on Cape Breton Island just launched his new web-site and with Spring finally in the air he’ll be opening his doors for another season. La Bella Mona Lisa is a beautiful little gallery on the West side of…


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Wood Moves…

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Last summer I built a trestle style table using some reclaimed Angelique for the base frame and some wide Mahogany for the top. Traditional bread board ends were tenoned to the main table top surface glued with walnut dowels added as fasteners. The three tenons…


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Admiring the Work

After a long and rather fulfilling day in the woodshop, Glue Bear takes a step back to admire some of his handy work. Stay tuned… Follow @TomFidgen Related posts: Will… Earning their Keep The good, the bad and the… Purchasing Handtools unplugged- YARPP powered by…


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Looking into the Face of Reason

A shot of my new glue bottle… ‘Glue Bear’ I finally have a mascot- Just thought I’d share that. Cheers! Follow @TomFidgen Related posts: VERITASĀ® Detail Chisels FINISHING SECRETS-UPDATE… One Mans Treasure is Another Mans… Dictum GmbH A Valet in Toronto YARPP powered by AdBistroPowered…


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Techno Ya-Ya!

What more can be said. I recently shipped off four old ‘beaters’ to Mark Harrell of TechnoPrimitives.com. There Mark will clean, sharpen and over-haul any old hand saw you may have. The four I sent were your typical garage sale variety, old worn-out, dull and…


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