A few pictures and words

The video for the York:Crafted event should be available sometime in the future (near or not) but in the mean time I thought I’d post the content of the presentation in a different way. Below are the 20 pictures I chose and the 20 seconds worth of text that accompanied each. None of us are…

York:Crafted

    If you’re anywhere near York, Pennsylvania tomorrow (June 25th) stop by 320 N. Beaver Street at 2:30 for the York:Crafted event.  I’ll be presenting some thoughts about Aesthetic Anarchy and my own journey into hand tool woodworking as part of a great lineup of creative types. If you cant imagine yourself sitting through an…

Chris Black: Perfect in 1000 words or less

(Editor’s note: The internet is a funny thing. Sometimes you are introduced to people halfway around the world and sometimes they are practically at your back door. A year and a half ago I was searching craigslist for hand tools and stumbled upon the work of local cabinet maker Chris Black. Not only is Chris…

Nobody’s perfect

But tomorrow does mark the fourth installment of the “Perfect: in 1000 words or less” guest blog series. This time, it’s another voice from the land of the pines.

What’s your angle?

Perhaps the most intimidating aspect of staked furniture design is the idea that you somehow have to be a wizard with angles. Chris Schwarz demystifies this arcane art more adeptly in ‘The Anarchist’s Design Book’ than I could ever hope to do, so I’ll leave it to you to add that treasure to your library,…

Let’s make it official

After a year of using the free WordPress URL, all of your regularly scheduled content from The Daily Skep can now officially be found at: thedailyskep.com Tell your friends. Tell your enemies. Tell your frenemies.  

An anniversary of sorts

Why do humans mark things by the year? I guess it’s because it represents a complete cycle of sorts – or one of many smaller cycles inside much larger ones. This Wednesday my wife and I will have been married for fourteen years. June 15 might be an entirely arbitrary day to most people, but it is…

All ye lathe-less take heart!

Upon first reading through ‘The Anarchist’s Design Book’ my first reaction was, “crap, now I’m going to need a lathe.” I know Chris says time and again in the text that you don’t need one, but looking at those beautifully turned round tenons I couldn’t get my heart and mind around any other way to make…

They are cheap for a reason.

Last week, ALDI stores around the States once again did us all the favor of stocking a couple 4 packs of “Work Zone” chisels at each of their stores. Chisels from a grocery store? Yes, and if you’ve been around the inter-web of hand tool geeks long enough you’ve probably already read opinions on these…

The measure of a man

This week has been hot and humid in Eastern North Carolina. The kind of weather that works up a sweat with just a few passes of a plane or a routine rip cut. I’m studying my options, but really, I’ve only been able to work in earnest early in the morning and late at night….

It’s not what you think it is (or maybe it is)

With my first tool review for Popular Woodworking going live this week on their website and hitting mailboxes in short order, and my second currently in editing, I thought it might be a good time to say something that should be understood, but never is. This work is not quid pro quo. That is, to say, writing…