A perfect fit

I’ve always had a difficult time buying jeans and getting the fit right. As a tall, non-skinny person I can generally find the length I need or the waist size, but finding the two in the same pair requires some sort of rare astrological alignment and this happens so infrequently that when I find a pair…

A preoccupation 

“Time is a dimension of all workmanship. It all fails, to be sure: but it fails either sooner or later. Durability is thus a preoccupation of every workman [sic]”. –David Pye, ‘The Nature and Art of Workmanship’

Freshly baked bread

I sometimes feel I should write an ode to the lowly batten. They serve so many unsung purposes with absolute tenacity that they really are the unsung heroes of the woodworking world. So, if you’re short on time, materials, or tools to make proper breadboard ends for a tool chest, let me be the first to…

The travelling Dutchman (feat. Tom O’Brien)

My wife and I have a weekend home where we love to spend a few weekends a month relaxing.  Because I hated putting my woodworking projects on hold, earlier this year I decided to build the knock-down Nicholson style workbench at our weekend home from the plans Chris Schwarz had in Popular Woodworking magazine.  Going from a Roubo…

A Dutchman at work

I just finished building a Dutch tool chest in the style of Chris Schwarz. I also built the accompanying auxiliary cabinet.   I haven’t said much about the build, and that’s primarily because there’s already a ton of great information available. A quick search will bring you no shortage of step by step build threads. My…

Mark Harrell: Perfect in 1000 words or less

(Editor’s note:) Just a few days ago I was working with a cross-cut panel saw that was well beyond the point that could reasonably be considered “dull” and was approaching “completely useless”. Suddenly I heard Mark Harrell’s voice in my head telling me to grab a file and put some new life into those saw teeth. Now, Mark…

Stay sharp my friends

Something just reminded me to remind you to check back in tomorrow for the October installment of the Daily Skep guest blog series: “Perfect – in 1000 words or less”.   

Shameless Commerce Division

No, we’re not going commercial, but I did add an “emporium” page to The Daily Skep menu. This is mainly to make it easier to take orders for t-shirts and other future TDS swag, but I’ll also be listing restored tools there that need a new home. You can find the page HERE or on the menu at…

More medley than miscellany

This is less of a commercial and more of a public service announcement, I promise. Yesterday I was seeing the world through the eyes of a world class conservator and right now I’m digging through colonial American history. Over the past few months I’ve had the urge to start building Windsor chairs and I’ve considered…

First there is a mountain 

​“Before I had studied Zen for thirty years, I saw mountains as mountains, and rivers as rivers. When I arrived at a more intimate knowledge, I came to the point where I saw that mountains are not mountains, and rivers are not rivers. But now that I have got its very substance I am at rest….

Pre-industrial

My work with Mortise & Tenon Magazine has given me plenty of intellectual congress with the idea of pre-industrial woodworking over the past year, but this week I became even more intimately acquainted with the idea of working wood without power. After devastating Haiti and slamming into Cuba and Florida, Hurricane Matthew made its deliberate…