Category Archives: Personal Favorites

The Son of Roy Underhill’s Mallet

During the last class I taught at The Woodwright’s School, I think Roy got a little bored or restless. And so he asked: “Would you like me to make you a mallet?” The answer was, of course, “Heck yes, please.” … Continue reading

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Little Wooden Boxes

I like to study the everday objects on display in museums and my favorites are the small boxes and containers used to hold all manner of things: keepsakes, love letters, poison, cosmetics and so on. In ancient Egypt many of … Continue reading

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Essential Reading: ‘The Art & Craft of Cabinet-Making’

We don’t know much about David Denning except that he wrote four books about woodworking in the late 19th century, was traditionally trained and had strong opinions about the craft. After reading his 1891 classic “The Art & Craft of … Continue reading

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The Forest in a Chessboard

In “Invisible Cities” by Italo Calvino and translated by William Weaver, the aged Kublai Khan and the young Marco Polo sit in a palace garden while Polo diverts the emperor by telling tales of his travels (or so it seems … Continue reading

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The Turtle and the Worms of Justice

Last week I was driving home on Dixie Highway and spotted a small grey lump in my lane. Before I could steer around it, my truck’s tires went over it, and I immediately knew what had happened. I had run … Continue reading

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Get Your RAM for Ramadan!

Want to ruin a secular or religious day of observance? Have a sale to celebrate it. At my last job, the Internet marketing lickspittles took every opportunity to inject commerce into something otherwise beautiful, grave or important. A few of … Continue reading

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Photo Gallery – Handworks 2015

A 3 Part photo gallery from Handworks 2015 is available here. This is the consolation prize for those who will not be attending Handworks this week. —Jeff Burks

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