My name is Steve Schuler, and professionally I am an English professor working at a small liberal arts university in southern Alabama, where I live with my family. In addition to working wood, I enjoy gardening, as well as reading many types literature, hence the name of the blog. I work almost entirely with hand tools, and my main shop looks like this:
This is not your typical blog. I don’t add new posts every day; in fact, you’ll be lucky to see a new post once a week. But when I do make a new post, I try to make sure it is interesting, original, and thorough. I often use this blog as a public archive for information on woodworking, hand tools, and related topics. I will try respond to comments relatively quickly, and I am always happy to discuss my projects further with anyone who is interested. If you would like to contact me, you will find me in the Hand Tools Forum at WoodNet where I am a moderator, posting under the screen name Bibliophile 13. I encourage you to sign up for a free forum membership and send me a PM (private message). Or you may e-mail me at lastwordsmith AT gmail DOT com.
I am sometimes asked whether I sell my work. I am not in the woodworking business, and I work primarily for myself, my family, and my friends. While I occasionally sell wooden spoons and spatulas, as well as tobacco pipes, I seldom do any other woodwork for pay. I would much rather help you build a project yourself than do it for you.
I retain the copyright to all pictures and text on this blog. While I offer the information as a public service to other woodworkers, please do not copy or re-post my pictures or text without my prior permission. If you see something you would like to duplicate, please leave a request in the comments, and I’ll respond. You may use brief quotations from this blog, provided you clearly attribute them to their source (i.e. give me credit for the information and specific wording). Please include a link back to the original source here on my blog. I don’t patent my work, and I encourage others to adapt any of my projects’ design features to their own work.