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…

Old dog, new tricks

Some memories seem to come from so long ago as to not be real. It’s a 35mm camera playing in my head. The events in life that stir these memories up are often odd. Nonetheless, let me tell you about the Old Guy. I was nineteen or twenty and had just started working in a…

Sketch It

“As soon as you put pencil to paper, a whole world of detail, previously unnoticed reveals itself.” –Bill Pavlak In issue three of Mortise & Tenon Magazine Bill Pavlak made a case for drawing as a way to better understand the ornamental details of period pieces. Even though I’ve spent little time at the drawing…

God’s Grandeur

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.     It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;     It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod? Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;     And all is seared with trade; bleared,…

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…