Category Archives: Woodworking Classes

The Nightmare from Which I Didn’t Awake

One of my recurring dreams is that I’m demonstrating during a woodworking class and everything goes wrong. I have the wrong parts on the bench. Nothing fits. Things split. I am missing parts. I had that same dream today. Problem … Continue reading

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Forward into the Fantastic Nothing

This morning I clipped my nose hairs (it sure beats braiding them) as I prepared for 16 days of teaching (and taking) a class in England at David Savage’s Rowden workshop. Leaving on long trips is always difficult, and not … Continue reading

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A New Record in Workbench Building

When I plan a new woodworking class, I have to resist all optimism when it comes to how long a certain task will take. It takes me a day and a half to glue up a top for a Roubo … Continue reading

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It’s Not Me. It’s You.

There are times that I want to think I have become a better teacher during the last 20 years I’ve been a woodworking and writing instructor. But then I always discover the real reason for that feeling. Today we started … Continue reading

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Marco Terenzi Interview from 2015

After Marco Terenzi completed his quarter-scale replica of my “Anarchist’s Tool Chest,” Paul Mayon of the New English Workshop conducted this short interview about the making of the chest. He interviewed Marco and then (briefly) me about the chest. While … Continue reading

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Your Local Digital Pub

This fall, Lost Art Press will add a discussion forum. The “digital pub” will be a space for readers to converse, share photographs of LAP-inspired builds and ask questions related to hand-tool skills, books and life in the craft. When … Continue reading

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Don’t Be ‘That’ Student

After more than 10 years of teaching woodworking classes, I’ve seen a lot of weird stuff, from a guy who slammed his tools to the floor when he couldn’t cut a tenon to a woman who was so rich and … Continue reading

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