Category Archives: Personal Favorites

‘Enslaved to Line & Level’

In some old images of staked stools and chairs, you’ll find the legs and other components are a bit curved. Sometimes this is the result of the “hedge carpenter” using a curved branch scavenged from the woods. Or from using … Continue reading

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Help Preserve Auriou – a Woodworking Treasure

I get asked to promote crowdfunding efforts all the time. I almost never say yes because most of the campaigns are ridiculous, ill-planned or just bad ideas. But this one is different. Auriou (Forge De Saint Juery) is fighting for … Continue reading

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A Visit to Keim Lumber in Amish Country

For me, woodworking tourism is the best kind of tourism, though I resist dragging my family along when I go to lumberyards, museum exhibits or auctions. I want them to remember me fondly when I’m dead. Luckily, these days I … Continue reading

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Zierschrot

The general miserableness of August has been bearing down on me this month. Heat, humidity, everything in the newspapers and mosquitoes have driven me to stay inside. There is a stack of favorite books to reread and stacks more of … Continue reading

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Dictum: The New Woodworking Mecca

After almost three decades of woodworking and writing about woodworking (and its occasional excesses), I am not easy to impress. I’ve been to all the big woodworking shows (including IWF and AWFS multiple times). And I’ve been to factories and … Continue reading

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Union: The Lost Shaker Village

The two closest Shaker communities to Cincinnati are also the most difficult to see. The White Water Shaker Village isn’t open to the public on a regular basis, though there is a dedicated group of people trying to change that. … Continue reading

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From the Ground Up

I was in elementary school when my father hurt his back so badly while working on the farm that his doctor confined him to bed. My bedroom was immediately down the hall from my parents’, and after school one day … Continue reading

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