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Ancient Crafts in the Modern World: Book Review

Cræft: An Inquiry into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts, by Alexander Langlands, Norton, 2017. $26.95  Amazon link You may have noticed that there’s a handicrafts revival going on.  Every month there seems to be a new craft market … Continue reading

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Building A Frame-and-Panel Interior Door

If I had a backup career in woodworking, it would be making doors and windows for historic homes.  It’s not that I especially enjoy making such objects more than others.  (I’ve never even made a window sash.)  It’s that it’s … Continue reading

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How to Sell Your Handmade Goods at a Craft Market, part 3: Vendor Etiquette

In the last two posts, I offered some practical suggestions for creating an effective display table and interacting with customers at craft markets.  But there’s more to being a good vendor than just making your stuff look good and having … Continue reading

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How to Sell Your Handmade Goods at a Craft Market, part 2: Interacting with People

A lot of crafty, creative types are pretty introverted.  While it might be relatively easy for you as an introverted, creative person to set up a very attractive display table, the prospect of standing behind that table and talking to … Continue reading

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How to Sell Your Handmade Goods at a Craft Market, part 1: The Display

It took me a few years to learn to make wooden spoons and spatulas that people actually wanted to buy.  But when I started trying to sell my work at local craft markets, I learned something important: selling things is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Cræft by Alexander Langlands

Cræft: An Inquiry into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts by Alexander Langlands, Norton, 2017. $26.95 You may have noticed that there’s a handicrafts revival going on.  Every month there seems to be a new craft market to shop … Continue reading

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Build A Simple, Wooden Storage Crate in an Hour

One of the tests of a competent woodworker is the ability to make a simple, sturdy box to order.  Just this afternoon, my wife was cleaning and reorganizing, and she asked me to make her a crates to help her … Continue reading

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The Hardest Part of Learning to Sharpen

The other day, I was teaching a friend to sharpen his plane iron, and it got me thinking about sharpening.  Of all the skills I have learned while working wood, sharpening has been the most life-changing. It started with chisels … Continue reading

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The One Essential Hand Tool

I have a favorite hand tool, one which has been with me (in one form or another) for most of my life.   It’s my most-used hand tool, and the one I would be most reluctant to part with.  It’s … Continue reading

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Rebuilding Trunnions on a 14″ Steel City Band Saw

Not long ago, a friend offered to give me his old bandsaw, which he was replacing with a newer, bigger model.  The only catch: the old bandsaw had two broken parts, and because the manufacturer has gone out of business, … Continue reading

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