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Book Report: Nick Offerman’s ‘Good Clean Fun’

Most woodworking books are as dry as a popcorn fart discharged in the high desert plain. In the effort to communicate doctrinaire woodworking information, many authors (me included, at times) forget one simple fact: The writing has to be dang … Continue reading

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Welsh Stick Chair Influences

All the good furniture designers I know are deeply informed by the past, and they either fold it into their work or rebel against it. I always try to come clean about my design influences for several reasons. First, it’s … Continue reading

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To Make Better Casework, Don’t Take a Class in it

I was 13 when I applied for the journalism program at my middle school. I was accepted (thank Jebus), and I remained a full-time student of the craft until I was 24 and released on the world to collect a … Continue reading

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Two Short Stories: Renaissance Hijinks and a Nova Scotia Legend

If you are looking for some light reading to add to your digital book wheel I have two short stories for you featuring woodworkers. The first story, from 15th-century Italy, is “La novella del grasso legnajuolo” (The Story of the … Continue reading

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‘Take my Book and Rip Out All the Pages…’

Today I went to a book reading by Nick Offerman in support of his latest book “Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop.” Megan Fitzpatrick at Popular Woodworking Magazine bought us tickets, and the price of the ticket … Continue reading

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Raise Your Glass – It’s Jacob Arend Day!

Three hundred years ago today, Jacob Arend (1688-1744), a journeyman cabinetmaker in his brother’s workshop in Würzburg, wrote a letter and hid it in a magnificent Baroque writing cabinet. The letter was not placed in one of the secret drawers … Continue reading

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The Hardest Part of Being a Hobo-American

Note: This is a codicil to the entries I wrote called “Cut the Cord.” Part one is here. Part two is here. The entry below will make more sense if you read those first. After more than five years of … Continue reading

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