Category Archives: Personal Favorites

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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Support ‘A Workshop of Our Own’

Note: I’ve been meaning to write this blog entry for many weeks. But travel, teaching, book editing and toolmaking have stymied me. Time is short on this campaign, so if you can support this endeavor, please do. Every modern survey … Continue reading

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I Ain’t Selling Your $%&$ Wax

Sometimes the animals in our house get tired of being asked to pose with wax or stickers (hmmm, we still haven’t asked Skeletor the Undying Frog). So it should come as no surprise that Wally shot lasers out of his … Continue reading

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Chicago and the Great Lakes Lumber Trade

In a few days America will be celebrating Independence Day, and I thought a brief history of the Chicago and Great Lakes lumber trade in the 19th century would be in order. The Great Lakes region is one of our … Continue reading

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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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