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Questions Answered – Fitting Chisel Tangs to New Handles

Question: I have many such chisels that I’ve picked up here and there, I’m a passable turner and fancy turning my own handles but tang fitting and step drilling are arcane mysteries to me. Where would one learn such practices? Answer:  Right here. I am often asked how to fit a chisel handle to tanged…

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Box Building and Shelves Are Done

There is always a lot to learn in woodworking and I have taught enough students to know what the core essentials are that must be understood. Sabina is here from Sweden and so too Jimmy. They do different jobs with nothing linked to woodworking but they like doing things outside their weekly work with the…

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The Hancock Shaker Village Opens this Spring

This October scene is one I took when I visited Hancock in October of 2012 with my friend Tom.  In about three weeks the Hancock Shaker Museum will open its doors, gates, barns and buildings to the public. There will be no Fall colours to greet you but I didn’t want you to miss it.…

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The Real Cost of Living

The price of buying cheap is a costly experience in lost skill I looked through the kitchen stuff at the flea market for knives and scissors, wondering what kind of a culture abandoned old scissors like these in favour of new ones with plastic handles and other poor design features and it dawned on me.…

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Another Week Seems Filled and Developed

Finishing Your Projects Following Mine There is no doubt in my mind, woodworkers love working with wood, using hand tools and even like to use machines for some of the time. What they do not seem to like too much from what I have learned is no surprise to me. They do not generally like…

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Planes Speak for Themselves

Seems to me sometimes that what was once ordinary and common is now more a sort of coffee-obsessing where discussing replaces making and tasting the coffee itself. I think you know the type of thing. Two or three people start talking about their favourite coffee and the conversation heightens in pitch as each party obsesses…

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Apprenticing and Intensive Training

Those of you who go back a couple of years will remember John Winter who apprenticed for a year with me in 2010. He lives in the southern part of Argentina in Patagonia where his family is from. John arrived back here on Thursday for three months of intensive making and learning about business and…

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Questions Answered – Big Tenons Reduced When?

About Tenons Paul, I noticed during your bed-build that one of the tenons used had a slant on one side. When does a tenon need to be more than a rectangle in appearance? When is a haunch tenon the best use of a tenon? Lastly when a wide board is used and a tendon required,…

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Woodlands, Wildness & Red Squirrels

I am sure I understand what wood is all the more because I have spent three decades looking inside the wildness of its growth every time there is an opportunity for new discovery. Beyond this, I treasure the feel I get of being internally and externally restored from the weariness and that tired feeling I…

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Making My Bed and Other Stuff

The wind storms that hit Britain this past 7 days peaked overnight here in my county at 95 knots (109 miles per hour), which takes it from gale force well into the hurricane level if my schooling memory is correct. The damage is not too extensive because Wales and high winds are synonymous with well…

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