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…

An unbelievable opportunity

  I just want to share with you that I’ve been given an unbelievable opportunity to teach a class at the Lost Art Press storefront this summer, and honestly, I’m still pinching myself. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that I’ve caught the wooden plane bug pretty hard. For me, it’s never…

but the eyes are blind

Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery was required reading for all the fourth year students in the French language curriculum at my High School. As luck would have it, my senior year also happened to be the year that my French teacher decided it was time to clear the decks order new books, so…

Saw 2: Cleaning the plate

My typical go-to method for removing rust from old tools is simply to dunk them in vinegar and leave them alone overnight. The problem here was the size of the object. I briefly considered purchasing a Rubbermaid container large enough to allow the use of vinegar but that’s how things get crazy restoring tools. First,…

Tools

Note: I read a lot and often come across statements that, for whatever reason, catch my attention. Sometimes they make me laugh. Sometimes they make me think. Most of them are opinions different from mine. This one by Ross Day is a good example. My dad was a mechanic and I learned, from an early…

Anarchy

Remember when I posted about cold bending? At the time I wondered if anyone would use it in a small shop. I could see massive potential for it in a large commercial shop but wasn’t sure if it would see much use anywhere else. Well, it appears that it will end up being used in…

Feeling Lucky

A while back I met someone with a lottery winning relative. It wasn’t a mega-million win, but it was several million dollars. I don’t play the lottery, so I figured I would never experience the range of emotions that would come with winning. Until last August. At the end of a class I was taking…

A Splash of Color

The bunk beds are finished, and ready to move into the house. They turned out at least as well as I had hoped. Maybe better. The only thing that wasn’t clear in my mind when I began was the finish. The SYP was nice as it was, so I thought about a clear finish. I…

So, I bought a grinder at a grocery store

For the past few years I’ve worked solely with a hand crank grinder. I love it really, and I had no problem getting sweet edges on my chisels and planes, but when it comes to drawknives and axes I was constantly running into problems with the handles interfering with the crank arm. That had me…

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).

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…