There are many secrets to be uncovered in the practice of hand tool woodworking, but it’s no secret that pre-industrial workers were capable of using the same tools we do (or much worse in some cases) and producing fine work at a rate that boggles the modern mind. Were they smarter than us? Maybe. A more… Continue reading They were smarter than us; or at least faster.
One of the things I most admired about ‘The Anarchist’s Tool Chest’ on first reading was that it was not about name (brand) dropping. The important thing was the functionality of the tool, not the name cast into the iron. That kind of thinking was far more helpful to a budding hand tool user than… Continue reading The brand is not (always) important
Σκάνδαλον (skándalon) Greek – properly, the trigger of a trap (the mechanism closing a trap down on the unsuspecting victim); stumbling block. I have come to understand that there are certain techniques in every field that present themselves as thresholds to novices even as they are mindlessly routine to someone more proficient. They are stumbling… Continue reading Threshold techniques
This entry needs little introduction. The same could be said for its author. Over the past few months I have sought out woodworkers, writers, tool makers, and other people who are passionate about our craft and have asked them to write about the idea of perfection in 1000 words or less. Today’s guest writer Christopher… Continue reading Christopher Schwarz: perfect, in 1000 words or less
Tomorrow I turn 37 years old. That’s 263 in dog years, 165 in cat years and 1753 in robot years. Tomorrow is also the second installment of the guest blog series “Perfect: in 1000 words or less” and I confess that publishing this particular entry by this particular guest writer on my birthday is a sort of like… Continue reading A birthday gift to myself.
…that my daughters are awesome. Last night as I was cleaning up the shop I moved the workbench that I made for them to a spot that was more out in the open. They already play on it, but to encourage its use I also put a few tools on it for them to use.… Continue reading let me just say…
The desk top is looking fantastic. I still need cut it down some to length and make all the ends and edges dead square, but the wood is the star here. This beautiful black walnut is tricky to work with in some ways, but unbelievably gorgeous. After leveling the panel front and back yesterday I… Continue reading The suite life