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Begin at the Bottom (or Back)

Even on my final project – pre-worm-food – I’m sure I’ll remind myself to “begin at the bottom or the back.” What does that mean? Basically, whenever I perform an operation that will be repeated, I start by working the … Continue reading

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Wisdom from the Verge

“It takes half a fool to make chairs and a whole fool to make baskets.” — Verge, an Appalachian chairmaker as quoted in “Craftsman of the Cumberlands” (University of Kentucky) by Michael Owen Jones

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I’d be Lost Without Jack

The handplane I use the most is the one that receives the least love. My old Stanley jack plane, a $12 purchase at a Kentucky fair, has its original chipbreaker and iron, which is just about sharpened down to a … Continue reading

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Lump Hammers Back in Stock

We have just delivered a big batch to our warehouse – you can buy yours here. If these sell out, know that we have a second big batch that is almost done. We just need to do some quality control … Continue reading

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An Uncertain Element

It’s funny how words don’t change but the reader does. About 18 years ago, I can distinctly recall reading John Brown’s column titled “An Uncertain Element of Success” in Good Woodworking (April 2001, issue 107) and being blown away. The … Continue reading

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Animals in the Workshop*

*Updated to correct fox-wedged tenon. The natural world provides a huge vocabulary to help us describe what we do and make. Birdseye can be a pattern in maple, a textile and a chile. In the workshop, names of animals (or parts … Continue reading

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Popular Woodworking Acquired by Woodsmith’s Parent Company

Popular Woodworking Magazine was purchased this month by the parent company of Woodsmith magazine, a division of Active Interest Media called Cruz Bay Publishing, Inc. The purchase price was $1 million, according to court records. We’ve received a lot of … Continue reading

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