Right out of college, my first job was working for Catholic Charities at a residential treatment facility for boys. The facility had once been an orphanage called Paradise School for Boys, and although it did not always live up to that idyllic name, it was some of the most fulfilling work I have ever done. I’m not… Continue reading The Gentle Way
In high school I took Russian when I probably should have been in shop class. The way my schedule tracked, I was constantly faced with the false dilemna of “working with my hands” or “working with my mind.” I wanted to be the first in my immediate family to go to college, so I did what… Continue reading Извините, мой русский очень простой
My review of the “Axe” carbide turning tools from Carter Products went live today over on the Popular Woodworking website. You can read that here. I don’t usually post crossover content regarding my work for the magazine, but I received so many questions about the tools on Instagram that Megan asked me to record a short video… Continue reading Getting the axe
One of my pet peeves with internet auction sites is when a seller writes something like the following in the description: “I don’t really know anything about _______ so I can’t be responsible for describing it incorrectly. See the pictures. They’re part of the description.” Such a disclaimer is generally accompanied by pictures so fuzzy… Continue reading A picture is not (always) worth 1000 words.
During the past year, one of the highlights for me has been handing over the reigns to The Daily Skep and featuring monthly guest posts in the “Perfect in 1000 words or less” series. You may have noticed February and March slipping right on by without them. Due to schedules, sickness, and other unforeseen circumstances… Continue reading Nobody’s perfect
Every so often I forget that woodworking is supposed to be fun. Usually I’m tired, or frustrated, or both and I slog on when I should wipe the tools down and come back later. Nothing good can come at this point. A few months ago I was pushing through some cuts in red oak with my… Continue reading I almost broke down…
Height: 18″ Top: 11″x 11″ (rough octagon) Base 10″ square (roughly) A few observations: Everything is pinned with nails. I don’t know if this was original or a sign of repairs. My guess is original. The legs were likely made square, two-thirds were tapered and then the top third was worked down with a draw… Continue reading A staked stool