Category Archives: Reviews

General Tools #820 Marking Gauge: A Review

I want to make one thing clear up-front: if you’re a woodworker, you should make your own marking gauges.  With only a few scraps of wood and some simple tools, you can make a functional tool in a single afternoon. … Continue reading

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Take a Look at Living Woods

There was a time when American and British woodworkers didn’t know much about each other–something to do, I think, with being separated by 3,000 miles of open water and a common language.  But this is the 21st century.  The Digital … Continue reading

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Colonial Craftsmen, by Edwin Tunis ~ 50 Years Later

I have been leafing through a fine volume, Colonial Craftsmen and the Beginnings of American Industry by Edwin Tunis (d. 1973).  Originally published in 1965, this book was reprinted by Johns Hopkins University Press in 1999.  In it, Tunis surveys … Continue reading

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A Good Sloyd Knife

After making a few spoons with my current knives (a short Frost knife and one or two chip carving knives), I determined that I needed a longer knife for shaping handles. I searched for Sloyd knives at all my usual, … Continue reading

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Woodworking in America 2013: Meeting People

The best reason to attend the Woodworking in America conference is to meet people.  Here’s an abbreviated list of some of the woodworkers I met during my two days at the conference.  (Sorry, very few pics.  I was too busy … Continue reading

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Woodworking in America 2013: Highlights

My wife and I spent the last two days at the Woodworking in America convention in the Cincinnati area.   Here are some of my highlights. Peter Follansbee gave a fun, engaging demonstration of Sloyd spoon carving.  In his characteristic … Continue reading

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Country Ways and Workings: In Memoriam Aldren A. Watson, 1917-2013

When I first began to work wood seriously, I pillaged the local libraries for books on hand tools.  I found books by Roy Underhill and Michael Dunbar, but the first book on hand tools I bought was Aldren A. Watson’s … Continue reading

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Review – Note by Note: The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand Piano

On a whim, I bought a copy of Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037, a documentary about the people who build Steinway pianos, as well as about the pianos themselves.  For reasons I won’t go into, it’s tough … Continue reading

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Three Reasons to Get a Mortise Chisel

Cutting mortises is not my favorite joinery task.  I’ve used a number of methods for mortising, both hand-powered and electrical, but until now I’ve put off getting mortise chisels because they weren’t in the budget. Now that Narex offers a … Continue reading

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“Grandpa’s Workshop”: A Review

Grandpa’s Workshop by Maurice Pommier, ($22, ISBN 978-0-9050777-2-3) published by Lost Art Press and translated from French into English, tells the story of a little boy, Sylvain, awakening tools that have long been asleep in an old chest in his … Continue reading

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