A moratorium on new tools

I’ve got a habit that carries over from my days as a musician. The scientific name for this disposition is “Gear Acquisition Syndrome” which is really just a nice way to say addiction to buying new stuff. The pattern is always predictable and it starts the same way: I see a new shiny thing. I…

Once or twice

“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All of life is an experiment! The more experiments you make, the better. What if they are a little coarse and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you fail and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice? Up again;…

For Sale

Florip Toolworks 9″ Dovetail saw I’m committed to having a small and useful set of tools, and that means from time to time I have to let things go. (If you buy a tool from me and are unhappy with it when you receive it, I will happily refund the purchase price minus shipping upon…

On a day with nothing else to do…

I decided to weigh my options, err, my planes, just to see how the woodies stacked up to the ironsides. First my coffin smoother. Vs. my Lie-Nielsen 4 1/2 Then my wooden jack Vs my Lie-Nielsen no 62. This one may not be a fair comparison, but it tells me one of the reasons why…

You’ve got to start somewhere

I was going through old photos and stumbled upon this picture of my first handplane in “as found” condition. I bought it for $15 at an antiques store, cleaned it up and the rest is history. I guess you can start from anywhere.

Cutting the apron strings

My grandmother made her own aprons. So did my mom. That’s just how we did things in our house. We’re makers. I believe that, while anyone can (and should) learn to make things with their hands, there’s a certain disposition among some of us that goes beyond that. I don’t know what to call it…

There was a point to all of this

For those of you who have been following along with the student bench build and wondering “why would he build a small bench when he has a perfectly good English bench right behind him?” the answer is this: I needed to design something small and easily reproducible to outfit the North Carolina Furniture School for…