“Damn, we’re in a tight spot!”

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…

A Palace, of sorts (part 2)

(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.      

Bill Pavlak: Perfect in 1000 words or less.

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/…

A Palace, of sorts (part 1)

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…

If you’re going to buy tools…

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…

Red is the new black

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…