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Welcome ( back ) to Cape Breton

March 3, 2024

What’s all the news? We’ve relocated to the East Coast! Cape Breton Island to be specific… After eight amazing years of UW Toronto, it was time to come home. Back to the Coast where our school will now run on a more seasonal basis. We’ll take these next few months to get things setup, but […]

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In Conversation…

April 4, 2023

This is a conversation I recently had with August Winter. August and I discuss ideas on inspiration to individuality, problem solving to wonder, and the diversity of our students here at the Unplugged Woodshop Toronto. The Unplugged Woodshop is a hand tool only woodworking school where our hope is to provide students with knowledge, motivation, […]

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Woodworking Classes in Toronto

July 11, 2022

Fall 2022. The 2022 Fall semester of “hand tool only” woodworking classes in Toronto is now Open for Registration. Join us for a Saturday Bootcamp, an evening class or a week long course this Autumn. Our classes are technique based where you’ll learn the fundamental skills for building furniture using only hand tools. Dimensioning wood […]

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October 16, 2021

**This is an interview I recently did with Rayonier.com and thought I’d share it with you here. AN INTERVIEW WITH THE UNPLUGGED WOODSHOP’S TOM FIDGEN Hand tool woodworking leader Tom Fidgen shares how he became an internationally-renowned woodworking teacher—and why he gave up power tools. Human beings have used hand tools to transform wood into […]

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Fall Classes

August 10, 2020

Looking East from the shop after a late Spring rain. Rainbows over Leslieville and here we are again with summer rolling on and thinking about the Fall semester at The Unplugged Woodshop. You’ll find our September and October classes are listed on the main page and the November/December schedule will be posted in a few […]

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For the Love of Wood

September 22, 2019

Cottage Life TV Hey folks! I’m happy to finally share the documentary I was a part of back in May. It’s a nice look into wood and all of the effects it has on our lives and our environment. “The ancient craft of woodworking has made a comeback!” For the Love of Wood by Cottage […]

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Free Episodes of An Unplugged Life

July 30, 2019

Hey folks! Thanks for stopping by. I’m out here on the East Coast in my summer workshop enjoying a little bit of the summertime pace and getting one of my “TO-DO” list projects underway. All through the winter and spring, back at the Unplugged Woodshop Toronto, every time I picked up my crooked knife I […]

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Unplugged on Gerrard St East

October 17, 2018

We’re Moving!

September 15, 2018

Hey folks! What a difference a few days can make. On Tuesday afternoon, my wife and I were walking down Gerrard st East , a local strip we often visit for the great restaurant options. En route we walked past a renovated building with a large paper covering the front window reading: Retail space for Rent. […]

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Greenwood Wednesdays

September 10, 2018

A new series of Green Woodworking classes is beginning on Wednesday, January 9th 6-9pm. Join me every Wednesday in January (Jan. 9th,16th, 23rd & 30th 2019) to learn the art of green woodworking. *All tools and materials are supplied. Sign up today and get a FREE Mora knife! REGISTER NOW

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Bestselling Books

The Unplugged Woodshop

Hand-Crafted Projects for the Home & Workshop

by Tom Fidgen

“I have never been so inspired by a book […] and I'm indebted to Mr. Fidgen for giving me the mojo to get back into my shop and create rather than camping out in front of a TV watching others create.”

Made by Hand

Furniture Projects from the Unplugged Woodshop

by Tom Fidgen

“My husband was very pleased with this book [and] he is out in the work shop now making the tool chest. […] great for beginners or the more experienced wood worker”

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