Spinning Wheel: Medley

I should clarify that the spinning wheel is finished and on its way home. The posts I’m writing are reflections. And to avoid boring you to death this will probably be the last one. I’d intended for this series to be about things that are universal with any project and not necessarily about making a…

Spinning Wheel: Struggle

I have plenty of faults, but one in particular that bothers me is sudden loss of interest. In the last post I mentioned that I like working in the gap between what I know and what I don’t. But, generally, what happens once I figure something out is that I lose all interest in it….

Beech vacation

If you’re planning to join me for the planemaking class at Lost Art Press in July, don’t forget that registration opens for the class tomorrow at 9am. You can register here. Whether or not you can make the class, I wanted to share a little about the class, the materials, and what I’ve learned about…

Spinning Wheel: Prototype

(Note: You can read about the beginning of the spinning wheel here.) If you have read Nancy Hiller’s book Making Things Work, then you know that woodworking comes down to problem solving. I honestly believe that I can make anything given enough time. But I haven’t made everything. There is a gap between what I…

A Well-made tool

And what about the pleasure found in making your own tools? Who else wants to take Jim’s class?

An unbelievable opportunity

  I just want to share with you that I’ve been given an unbelievable opportunity to teach a class at the Lost Art Press storefront this summer, and honestly, I’m still pinching myself. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that I’ve caught the wooden plane bug pretty hard. For me, it’s never…

Beginners Start Here

Last Friday I took some time to go to The Woodworking Shows in Indianapolis. It reminded me of the Jimmy Buffet song Fruitcakes. “Take for example when you go to the movies these days, you know. They try to sell you this jumbo drink, eight extra ounces of watered down cherry coke for an extra…

An Interview with Glenn Palmieri of Bentwood Studio

 My use of social media is exclusive to the woodworking/maker world. The narrow focus has been a good respite from other world news. In fact, it has been a positive window into a world that is full of potential. Why? Because of people like Glenn Palmieri. Often you hear talk about “keeping the craft alive.”…

Books

I’m going to talk about books. I just thought I would warn you in case you find books boring. Instead of a resolution this year I chose one word (“Learn”) to guide what I do. Reading a lot of books seemed like a logical step toward this goal. Now that I have the time and…

88 Rue de Charonne

I want to go fishing with George Frank. No matter what we caught it would become a great story—perhaps, one in which we were swallowed whole by a fly then eaten by a fish only to escape thanks to the potassium permanganate George had in his pocket. Who is George Frank? He is the author…