There’s a trick to cutting perfect dadoes by hand: cut thousands of them. In the meantime, on the way to that perfect dado, you’re going to cut a few that are just a hair too loose or too tight. My sin is always to get nervous and cut them too tight. I abhor a sloppy… Continue reading “Damn, we’re in a tight spot!”
(Continued from here) I have to say that as much as I enjoyed the interior of Tryon Palace, I could have spent twice as long in the stables and kitchen. The furniture and joinery was generally more utilitarian and there were tool marks aplenty.
Editor’s note: After watching a video tour of the Anthony Hay Cabinet Shop at Colonial Williamsburg (produced by Joshua Farnsworth/Wood and Shop) I stumbled across the Instagram account of one of the cabinetmakers, Bill Pavlak (@billpavlak) and was instantly hooked by this behind-the-scenes look at his work. I was also intrigued at the Clark Kent/… Continue reading Bill Pavlak: Perfect in 1000 words or less.
In the 1760’s Royal Governor William Tryon and his family brought architect John Hawks from London to New Bern, NC to design and build a massive Georgian-style mansion which was to house both his family and general assembly. The structure was completed in 1770, served as the first permanent capitol of North Carolina for a few… Continue reading A Palace, of sorts (part 1)
I grew up with more tools than I ever needed at my disposal. My grandfather’s workshop was just a few steps from the house and I could find just about anything I needed. I learned what those tools did by watching how they were used, and I learned what they were worth by watching how long… Continue reading If you’re going to buy tools…
I ordered some new stickers today. They’re 4″ x 2.5″ and the same high quality material and print as the first batch (which is now officially gone). I ordered these primarily for Handworks, but ill make them available through the mail as well. So, if you want to add some flash to your tool chest… Continue reading Red is the new black