You know what they say about dogwood…

I live in a neighborhood of 1950’s brick ranch houses. Many of the people who live there bought those houses brand new and so they subscribe to a particular sort of Ward Cleaver Jr. landscaping philosophy. Everything is nice and tidy and nothing (besides my yard) grows wild. There’s one old long leaf pine that…

Electric Lathe Land

There’s an old proverb that goes something like this: If you turn a man some spindles he can build a chair or two, but if you teach a man to turn, he can make a whole dining set. That is to say, I want to build some chairs and I’m beginning to feel the siren…

Just for the record…

There are a few new tools over on the “For Sale” page. Perhaps one (or both) are destined to be under your Christmas tree. 

A wing-a-ling thing

The Roman Workbench episode of the Woodwright’s shop went live this week. You can watch it on the PBS app or here online, which is something I suggest you do before reading the rest of this post. Watched it? Good. Ever since this post on the Lost Art Press blog I’ve been thinking about Chris…

…and stick with it

I try to stay away from politics on this blog and for the most part I succeed, but today I felt the need to write about something that’s been on my mind: Sharpening. There are intractably polarizing aspects in every realm of life and among hand tool woodworkers few topics command the religious devotion of sharpening….

Our children are educated to believe that success is making money, quickly if possible.  The politics of recent times have encouraged us to turn greed into a religion. -John Brown, 1997