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Caption Challenge with an Elephant!

The image is from 1634 and needs a caption. ‘Nusquam tuta fides’ translates as ‘no trust is ever sure’ but don’t let that get in your way. –Suzanne Ellison

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A Better Shop Knife

I lost my shop knife while we were unpacking at Handworks this spring, and I have been on a quest since then to find its replacement. (The company that made my now-lost knife no longer exists.) I am dang picky … Continue reading

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The ‘Caveat Emptor Season’ has Begun

During the summer, tool manufacturers crank up the factories to create new products for the big selling season: September through Christmas. The manufacturers also hold media junkets to ply journalists and bloggers with free travel, meals and tools. This blog … Continue reading

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A Saddlebag for my Workbench

I’m a tool chest guy. At the end of the day all my tools go back in my chest to protect them and to soothe my head (I am a tidy German). When I’m working with my tools at the … Continue reading

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Clothing-optional Caption Challenge!

      Tune-up your think melons and caption this painting. The painting is 17th-century and by an unknown Italian artist. The companion painting featured unclad blacksmiths. –Suzanne Ellison

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I Made This !

In 1559 Richard Dale, a local carpenter, completed an addition to Little Moreton Hall that included a large bay window to light the new dining room. The estate owner was apparently very pleased with the job and allowed Dale to … Continue reading

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Caption Challenge!

Come on, you witty and waggish woodworkers!  Caption this illustration.   From  ‘Livre d’Amour’ by Pierre Sala, first quarter of the 16th-century. Collection of the British Library. — Suzanne Ellison Editor’s note: I closed the comments after people began interpreting … Continue reading

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