Martin O’Brien: Perfect in 1000 words or less

Editor’s note: It seems hard to believe that my first conversation with today’s author was over a year ago as I was working through the copy of his article for the first issue of Mortise & Tenon magazine. I was blown away not only by his knowledge, but by his exacting attention to detail. Several…

Dave Jeske: “Perfect” in 1000 words or less

Editor’s note: Hand tool woodworkers are living in a golden era of tools and toolmakers. The range and quality of tools available to us is staggering and it seems to be growing every day. To stand out in that crowd your work really has to be something special. Not only are the tools that Dave…

Michael Mascelli: Perfect in 1000 words or less

Thoughts on the Nature of Quality Workmanship By Michael Mascelli I have for nearly 40 years practiced the upholstery trade, and for most of it wrestled with the way we Americans use, and often overuse words like tradesman, craftsman, and professional. As the level of what is considered acceptable craft work diminishes all around us,…

Mark Harrell: Perfect in 1000 words or less

(Editor’s note:) Just a few days ago I was working with a cross-cut panel saw that was well beyond the point that could reasonably be considered “dull” and was approaching “completely useless”. Suddenly I heard Mark Harrell’s voice in my head telling me to grab a file and put some new life into those saw teeth. Now, Mark…

Jen Bower – Perfect, in 1000 words or less

Editor’s note: Although this blog tends to center around woodworking, most of us who share this interest also understand that we are part of a larger ecosystem of artisans and we can appreciate well-crafted work of many genres. A few months ago, a photo of an engraved tape measure popped up in my Instagram feed and…

Christopher Schwarz: perfect, in 1000 words or less

This entry needs little introduction. The same could be said for its author. Over the past few months I have sought out woodworkers, writers, tool makers, and other people who are passionate about our craft and have asked them to write about the idea of perfection in 1000 words or less.  Today’s guest writer Christopher…

Guest Blog: Kieran Binnie

(Editorial note:  During the past year I have had more than one occasion to consider and question the idea of perfection as it relates to craft in general and woodworking in particular. This has mainly been an interior monologue and it occurred to me at some point that maybe it would be better as a conversation….