Category Archives: Personal Favorites

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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Check Out the ‘Dad & Me Family Farm’ Blog

If you like woodworking, home-grown food, music and self-sufficiency, check out the blog of David Hammond and his father here. David and his extended family have carved out a beautiful life in Powder Springs, Ga., as dairy and chicken farmers, … Continue reading

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A Tour of Lost Art Press’ Kentucky Office

At least once a month, a reader or vendor asks for a tour of our publishing facilities. “We’d love to see your printing presses and meet your designers and editors.” So it is fun to explain that Lost Art Press … Continue reading

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The History of Wood, Part 5

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The History of Wood, Part 4

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Benchcrafted Classic Installed. Level Up!

This morning I completed installing the new leg vise on my Holtzapffel workbench that is powered by the Benchcrafted Classic Vise and Crisscross. Installation took about four hours – spread out over the week – and was straightforward thanks to … Continue reading

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The History of Wood, Part 3

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Tools of Freedom or Oppression

My first woodworking job was at Therma-Tru, a door-making factory in Arkansas. For eight hours a day, I cut rails and stiles for fireproof doors on a sloppy and unguarded radial-arm saw. To say I hated that machine isn’t a … Continue reading

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Panel Saws Sharpened by Matt Cianci

My Dutch tool chest isn’t big enough to hold full-size handsaws, so I’ve been on a long search for the right panel saws that fit the chest and suit the work I do on the road. After searching three tool-swap … Continue reading

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The History of Wood, Part 2

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