Category Archives: Personal Favorites

Take My Advice, I’m Not Using It

During my final year of teaching, I had three distressing encounters with teenagers in my classes and lectures. At the end of the event, the teens came up and said: “I want to be you when I grow up.” And … Continue reading

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Master of Nothing

One of the common criticisms I hear of North American woodworkers is that we try to do so many things – casework, carving, veneering, chairmaking, turning – that we never become good at any one of those things. There’s truth … Continue reading

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Gallery – D’Elia Antique Tool Museum

On May 5, 2013, I attended an event at the D’Elia Antique Tool Museum for the spring meeting of Antique Tools and Trades In Connecticut (ATTIC), a club dedicated to preserving the knowledge of the tools and trades of bygone times. … Continue reading

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The Pace

Are we becoming adjusted to speed? I was talking a few days ago to a factory worker who thinks we are and that men are changing and will go on changing under its influence. “Everybody is working,” he said, referring … Continue reading

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Water From all Rivers

“He was very open minded, like the ocean containing water from all rivers.” — Pema Chujen on Chokyi Tenpa Tsering, the founder of the Parkhang printing lamasery monastery in Tibet. Read the fascinating New York Times article here.

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Photo Gallery – Lie-Nielsen 35th Anniversary

Last summer I attended the Lie-Nielsen Open House and intended to publish a photo gallery when I returned home. For various reasons beyond my control that project was shelved. I thought I would finish the project to help fill in … Continue reading

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‘Making Things Work’ by Nancy R. Hiller

As cautionary woodworking tales go, Nancy R. Hiller’s might just be the funniest – and the most sincere. Standing in contrast to James Krenov’s “The Impractical Cabinetmaker” from 1979, Hiller’s new book, “Making Things Work: Tales from a Cabinetmaker’s Life,” … Continue reading

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