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Derek Parkes

This is an excerpt from “The Intelligent Hand” by David Binnington Savage.  It began with a walnut desk that had been commissioned by a London architect friend. This was a prestige job for a building conversion in London’s Covent Garden. It was right … Continue reading

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Pricing Your Work

This is an excerpt from “Shaker Inspiration: Five Decades of Fine Craftsmanship” by Christian Becksvoort.  One of the most difficult tasks when starting a business is pricing your work or product. Many woodworkers, especially those just beginning, seriously underprice their work. Hobbyists, especially, have no … Continue reading

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The Ideal Tool Cabinet

This is an excerpt from “The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years: Volume IV” published by Lost Art Press.  A sense of orderliness in woodworking is an important factor contributing to good work. For instance, the bench should be clear of … Continue reading

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Carve the Curled Lobe of the Italian Renaissance Leaf

This is an excerpt from “Carving the Acanthus Leaf” by Mary May. STEP 25: Round the Curled Leaf Tip. Using a #3, 14mm, round the curled lobe at the tip of the leaf and lower the outer edge of the leaf where … Continue reading

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Visiting the Saalburg Workbench

This is an excerpt from “Ingenious Mechanicks” by Christopher Schwarz.  Throw the Bench Down the Well It’s not unusual to find Roman artifacts stashed in wells. Archaeologists have recovered thousands of tools, domestic goods, nails and even coins from the bottoms of Roman wells. … Continue reading

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Chisels Needed for Dovetailing

This is an excerpt of “The Joiner and Cabinet Maker” by Anon, Christopher Schwarz and Joel Moskowitz.  After years of dovetailing, I noticed that two of my chisels were seeing almost all the action: the 1/4″-wide and a 3/4″-wide tools. I … Continue reading

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Unsegmented Felly Wheels

This is an excerpt from “Woodworking in Estonia” by Ants Viires; translated by Mart Aru. Unsegmented felloes in Estonia and Latvia were always bent from ash wood. In Russia too, ash was occasionally used, although oak and elm were preferred. The Assikvere wheelright used ash … Continue reading

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