Light Bulbs

When I took my first class at Marc Adams’ School of Woodworking I had no idea that someday I would be working there. The place has been called “Disney World for Woodworkers” for several reasons, but what is it like to work there? Well so far, I’ve changed a lot of light bulbs. We’ve been…

Sloth

I’ve yet to figure out why I’m drawn to marquetry. The furniture styles I prefer, Shaker, Danish Modern, Arts & Crafts—have very little in the way of embellishment. It doesn’t really matter. I like it. I like that it doesn’t require vast amounts of space. The tools are minimal. It is an economical way to…

Spinning Wheel: Medley

I should clarify that the spinning wheel is finished and on its way home. The posts I’m writing are reflections. And to avoid boring you to death this will probably be the last one. I’d intended for this series to be about things that are universal with any project and not necessarily about making a…

Spinning Wheel: Struggle

I have plenty of faults, but one in particular that bothers me is sudden loss of interest. In the last post I mentioned that I like working in the gap between what I know and what I don’t. But, generally, what happens once I figure something out is that I lose all interest in it….

Beech vacation

If you’re planning to join me for the planemaking class at Lost Art Press in July, don’t forget that registration opens for the class tomorrow at 9am. You can register here. Whether or not you can make the class, I wanted to share a little about the class, the materials, and what I’ve learned about…

Spinning Wheel: Prototype

(Note: You can read about the beginning of the spinning wheel here.) If you have read Nancy Hiller’s book Making Things Work, then you know that woodworking comes down to problem solving. I honestly believe that I can make anything given enough time. But I haven’t made everything. There is a gap between what I…

A Well-made tool

And what about the pleasure found in making your own tools? Who else wants to take Jim’s class?