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The History of Wood, Part 12

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The History of Wood, Part 11

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New & Excellent Podcast: The Craftsman’s Road

Woodworker Cory Mickelson has started an excellent new podcast series that is definitely worth subscribing to if you are interested in woodworking and making money at it. Already Mickelson has interviewed William Ng, Shannon Rogers, Ron Riedel and myself on … Continue reading

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Jonathan Fisher’s Tool Chest (and Tools)

Immediately after arriving in Maine last week, Thomas Lie-Nielsen took me and some of his key employees to the Farnsworth Art Museum in nearby Rockland, Maine. The trip was to view the tools contained in Jonathan Fisher’s tool chest.   … Continue reading

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Melencolia Squares from Neil Cronk

Woodworker Neil Cronk of Nova Scotia has begun making Melencolia-style squares as shown in Albrecht Dürer’s famous print “Melencolia I.” The square, shown in the bottom-left corner of the print, is of a style that has all but vanished. I’ve … Continue reading

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The History of Wood, Part IX

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Another Dang Dutch Chest (for a DVD) and the Lie-Nielsen Open House

Call me sick (or call me “cute as a button”) but I enjoy breaking down rough stock with a handsaw. Part of it is necessity. I don’t have a miter saw, and many boards I work with are outside their … Continue reading

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The LAP Building Search Continues

Almost every day that I’m home, I spend time searching real estate listings or hitting the pavement, wandering around old neighborhoods in search of the perfect building for Lucy and I to live and work. We’re picky. Our first house … Continue reading

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Other Clever Additions to a Dutch Tool Chest

If you want to get more tools into your Dutch tool chest, check this out. Mike Siemsen, host of the forthcoming “The Naked Woodworker” DVD, built a Dutch tool chest with (at least) two interesting twists. 1. He added an … Continue reading

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A Cool Way to Make Winding Sticks

While teaching at Roy Underhill’s The Woodwright’s School this week, one of the students brought in some unusual antique winding sticks and laid them on my workbench. I laughed a bit at first. Then I said, “Hmmm.” Then I said, … Continue reading

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