I own one of those cheap eclipse style honing guides. With a little modification it does a passable job on my plane irons. It slips, so I crank down on the screw. The slot is stripping out so I can tell that its time in my workshop is short. I’d like to step up to… Continue reading …in which he discusses going freehand
There is a liminal space between projects that I really enjoy. A day of sharpening and oiling. A day to tear things down so that I can build them up. A day to lubricate my creativity. I’m getting ready to really put my new bench to work. My middle daughter needs a chest of… Continue reading oil can
There are a lot of words that flood past my brain on any given day. I can filter out most of them without thinking. Others can be sorted with a moment or two of direct attention and then there are others that stick with me. I carry these ideas around in my brain, considering them, testing… Continue reading Do I talk (write) too much?
Although my knockdown English workbench has been “finished” for a week now, the one remaining task was to shape the leg vise chop into something less, well, monolithic. I had already added the suede inside the chop, but I hesitated to do the shaping for so long because I wasn’t entirely sure about the design and… Continue reading hold on there son…
Several weeks ago, my wife asked me to build her a small mail caddy. Something with two slots to hold bills that needed to be paid and help clean up the kitchen counter where those bills currently reside (and breed I think). It was a simple request and a small project. So small and simple,… Continue reading version two
May this bench ever be true. May it ever hold fast. May it be a place where good work is done, And may it ever be used in good health. Slàinte
There’s no doubt that hand tool woodworking has opened my eyes to the patterns that constantly surround me. I believe it has something to do with the level of attention that I am obliged to give in this work, and also something to do with reading George Walker and Jim Tolpin’s By Hand & Eye.… Continue reading Geometry