Visiting with Steel City Tool Works and a little Q&A

December 13, 20132 Comments

I’m not sure if you saw it or not (even more not sure how you could have missed it if you ever checkout my Facebook page) but most of this week I was in Illinois hanging out the folks at Steel City Tool Works. You remember them, right? They came on the market several years […]

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Woodworking in America 2013 – Peter Follansbee “Carved Spoons”

October 28, 20130 Comments

This year I decided I really wanted to take a class or two on topics that normally I wouldn’t be drawn towards. In the past this usually meant something to do with turning, carving a linenfold or leaf and especially nothing to do with hand-hewing a log. It’s not that I don’t think they’re worthwhile […]

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Woodworking in America 2013 – Mary May “Linenfold Carving”

October 26, 20130 Comments

At the top of my “woodworking things that intimidate me to tears“ list you’ll find woodcarving somewhere in the top 5, definitely far below “magnifying glass pyrography“. Considering I took the plunge not so long ago and faced my fear of woodturning, and currently I’m alive and not noticeably maimed (thanks to tricky camera angles […]

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Woodworking in America 2013 – Roy Underhill “TIMBER!!!”

October 22, 20131 Comment

I have no doubt in my mind that the chance of me felling a tree and then taking the time to hand hewn it is pretty much zero. But that didn’t stop me from attending one of my favorite classes this year at Woodworking in America 2013. The opportunity to sit in Roy Underhill’s class […]

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Morning of day 1 at Woodworking in America 2013 “sneak peek”

October 21, 20130 Comments

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Wood Talk Meet & Greet at Woodworking in America 2013

October 13, 20134 Comments

In case you’ve missed it somehow, Wood Talk is having its first meet & greet October 19, 2013 at the Keystone Bar & Grill in Covington, Kentucky. Myself, along with both Marc and Shannon, will be hanging out all night to meet as many fans of the show as are willing to show up. We’ve […]

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Weekend with WOOD 2013 – George Vondriska

June 30, 20132 Comments

One more trip back to Des Moines Iowa for the 2013 Weekend with WOOD conference. Today’s episode features a class taught by George Vondriska titled “Logs to lumber”. Wondering what the class was all about? The title isn’t a funny play on words, the class was literally a lesson on how to take small to […]

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Weekend with WOOD 2013 – Gary Rogowski

June 24, 20132 Comments

Another trip back to Des Moines, Iowa this week. The ‘Weekend with WOOD‘ conference was a wealth of information for all the attendees, especially myself. High on my list of classes were anything that had to do with finishing. When I saw Gary Rogowski was to be teaching a finishing class I knew I had […]

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Weekend with WOOD 2013 – Brian Simmons

June 17, 20130 Comments

I make no bones about it…I’ve been very reluctant to pick up my turning tools for years now. I use to ask “WHY?” every time I saw the lathe in my shop and wondered whether I should just sell it or not? But I knew deep down that I wanted to get over my phobia […]

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Weekend with WOOD – The Jim Heavey Experience

June 12, 20133 Comments

My entire first day of the Weekend with WOOD conference was spent with Jim Heavey in the finishing room. Jim taught 3 classes that day – the first was “Spray Finishing Made Simple”, the second was “Choose and Use the Best Topcoat for Your Project” and the third was “Finishing Your Finish”. Today’s footage is […]

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