Slabbin’ ain’t easy

I’m always interested to see how different communities solve the same problems. Watch them slab this log (somewhere around 3:00 mins in). Advertisements

Hillbilly Hat Rack: Bullets

Often an object carries more meaning than merely taking up space. I think this is why we get sentimental about the things that belonged to other family members or the things that we make. It’s often not about the object at all but about all the implications of the object—the intangibles that we cannot put…

Bad Axe handsaws

For those of you who follw my instagram feed (james_son_of_james) you’ll know that I had some Bad Axe handsaws in the shop a few months ago. I didn’t say much about them because I was writing this review for Popular Woodworking. Here’s what I didn’t get to say in the review – Mark Harrell is…

No, really, you can build one yourself.

Let me begin by saying that if you haven’t watched the plane build video on The English Woodworker website, go do that now before reading the rest of this post. No really, go ahead, I’ll wait. Watched it? Good. Now, I have to say this. Since moving to hand tools I’ve taken the path that…

Hillbilly Hat Rack: Design Rules

Rules often exist for good reason. They help keep us safe and promote order. But some of them are subjective—like running with scissors. There isn’t a law against running with scissors (that I know of), but you would be wise to follow this advice. Design rules are like that. You’re not going to be subjected…

Inspired

Inspiration is a funny thing for me. I’ve heard others speak of it like “lightning rods” or “strokes of genius” but I think of inspiration more like fuel. It’s what keeps me moving along toward something I am unaware of and I need a steady diet of it. Thanks to Instagram, other blogs, magazines, books,…

Cold Bending?

I found this article, about cold bending hardwood, interesting. Seems to take all of the fun out of steaming, rushing to get it in clamps, and having the risk of it all blowing apart. I suppose some people wouldn’t call that fun. Would you use it?