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Dear Matt,

October 6, 2011

I get asked fairly often What inspires me.
what books I read, what blogs I follow.
To answer in detail about my source of inspiration you’ll have to wait until my next book is finished but for now here’s some dialogue between a reader and I this afternoon.

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DANGER, DANGER…

September 22, 2011

Hey folks- we’re going through the ‘anti bug’,  server-change-over this week !! ; o – so ,the ‘web site’ may be a little confused. But on the upside, I should have an announcement in the next two weeks about a new project…maybe a few new projects ? maybe a few more projects from … no, […]

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Haves

September 17, 2011

I found this on deshoda.com.

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Autumn Classes Available

September 15, 2011

I wanted to post a quick note about classes this Autumn season. I offer 3 hour private classes here in  my work shop and topics can range from a basic hand tool introduction to more advanced  sharpening skills and onto hand planing and sawing. You never need to bring anything with you but I usually […]

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Downtown Train…

September 8, 2011

‘Outside another yellow moon punched a hole in the nighttime, I climb through the window and down to the street I’m shining like a new dime’ Downtown Train by Tom Waits…from the album Rain Dogs, 1985. Hello to all- I’m back in the big city and almost through the first week back to school. iTunes […]

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Monday Woodshop Update

July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July to all of my American friends. It’s been another busy few days in the wood shop and I wanted to post an update before we head to the Coast for another Unplugged Summer on Cape Breton Island! The Queens Wharf cabinet finally has some doors. Still not finished doors, or glued […]

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Bent Laminations and the Path of Least Resistance

June 29, 2011

In my last post I made a coopered door for a new cabinet I’m building. The design features two curved doors, the one coopered and the other a bent lamination and mirror image, although taller version of the first. ( coopered on left hand side opening out and away from center ) They’re both absolutely […]

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A Coopered Door

June 27, 2011

Thanks for the comments and questions on my last post, the following series will chronicle the process in making a coopered door. This is not the only way to make curved furniture parts and in my next post I’ll show you how I made the match to this door using a bent lamination process. I’m […]

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Hemlocked

June 24, 2011

These reclaimed planks of Hemlock were once part of the Queens Wharf here in Toronto, Ontario. The original structure was built in 1833 and cost then, the town of York about £ 4600. Incredible. Named for Queen Victoria, it stood for generations until quite literally, the city landscape grew up and out of the shore […]

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monday morning

June 20, 2011

When your weekend begins in Utopia, ( seriously, have a look for yourself ) and ends in a Fathers day on Sunday, you’ll find that life is good indeed. But man if an extra hour would fall my way this week I’d be grateful. Sometimes Monday comes too quickly and I’m into the wood shavings […]

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