Getting ready for guests

I haven’t done much in my own shop lately, but I’ve been busy. As a student at Marc Adams I never would have guessed how much work goes on behind the scenes to get ready for class. Here is a snapshot of what I’ve done. Converted all the lights to LED, which you’ve read about…

Go get ’em while you can.

Chris Black is an excellent craftsman, a heckuva nice guy and he makes these birdcage awls in his workshop in Rolesville N.C. That’s a hard combo to beat. I swear by mine, and $45 is an absolute steal. I just saw that he has some available through Craigslist at the moment (link here) He’s also got…

The Fox

My oldest son is in the first grade and likes to read and dream about building robots. He’s never shown any interest in woodworking and I’ve never pushed it. I want him to pursue something he loves. Still, there is a part of me that hopes one of my two sons will take to woodworking….

Closing in

It’s always nice when a plan starts to move from the ether to reality.

I may have overestimated

In my last post I said that I was attempting the impossible and building a hand tool friendly student workbench for $50 + whatever hardware you put on it. For the first time in my entire woodworking career I may have overestimated the price. I believe you can get all the wood you need for…

Shop Shopping

The space I frequently refer to as my “shop” is a two-car attached garage. When I moved into that space all 340 square feet felt gigantic. Occasionally, we would park the car in it. Then it came to the point where the car had to stay outside. Now it’s near the point where I might…

Behind the scenes

At the last Woodworking in America (in 2016?), I was joking with Vic Tesolin that when bloggers begin a post with the words “Sorry, I haven’t written in a while” what they really mean is “I’ve been swamped by life and this is the last post I’m ever going to write.” I hope that is…

Handmade

Gary Rogowski’s 2017 book, Handmade: Creative Focus in the Age of Distraction (Linden Publishing), is part proverb, part memoir, and part instruction manual. It’s the sort of book that I geek out over. He writes in the pre-amble, “This is the story of a life given to a craft.” And what you might expect as…