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“Back to School Sale” at Shop Woodworking

September 8, 20140 Comments

When I was growing up, just about the only thing I liked about going back-to-school at the end of the summer was getting school supplies. A backpack full of new pencils, binders and paper was the signal of a new beginning. Of course by day two, the euphoria was over. Now that I’m older and […]

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This Built America presents “The Great Alaskan Bowl Company”

September 6, 20141 Comment

Everybody loves a success story, especially one that involves a boyhood dream and a relentless drive to turn moments of near-failure into that success. Thanks to shows like This Built America (a new multimedia platform from AOL) we have a chance to explore the companies and people re-imagining American manufacturing. In other words, the rebirth […]

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Woodworking in America 2014 is almost here!

September 5, 20140 Comments

As many of you know, I had originally announced I wouldn’t be in attendance this year at Woodworking in America. But thanks to the folks over at Highland Woodworking I will now! I’m so excited to be going that I know it’ll be impossible to sleep over this last seven days until I’m off the […]

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New tool announcement coming soon…starting with Tormek

September 3, 20140 Comments

Frequently I receive press releases and updates from manufacturers about tools and services they’re rolling out. I’ve always wrestled with whether or not to say anything about them, but then I’ll hear from someone asking if I was aware of it and why I didn’t say something? So after giving it some thought, I figured […]

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530 Small turned mallet or “My first turning project!”

August 28, 201415 Comments

I knew it was eventually going to happen, the temptation is far too great to avoid. Don’t worry, I’m not talking about turning to the darkside and taking up knitting (although I wouldn’t mind making my own matching wool scarf and woobie set for winter, especially if it’s as cold as last year.) Instead, I’m […]

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Two NEW DVD titles from Hendrik Varju “Making Drawers” & “Making Frame and Panel Doors”

August 25, 20140 Comments

Have you been looking for great information and tutorials on the construction of furniture components such as drawers or frame and panel doors? Look no more! Well, actually DO TAKE A LOOK! Take a look at the two new DVD titles released recently from woodworking expert Hendrik Varju of Passion for Wood. Both titles are […]

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“Woodworking burn out” can happen!

August 23, 201412 Comments

Several times a year it’s inevitable I’ll get asked if I ever experience “woodworking burn out?” So let me state without a doubt “YES!” At some point we need to step back and do something different. It happens in all aspects of life, with a variety of activities, so it only makes sense it’s going […]

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“How to Build a Guitar in 3 Easy Steps” Infographic from M&M Tool Parts

August 20, 20141 Comment

I’ve always wanted to learn how to play the guitar, but I have ZERO musical talent (ever hear me attempt to “sing” on the show? Not pretty!) The next best thing for me might be making one instead. But where do you start? Looks like the folks over at M&M Tool Parts have been asked […]

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Business of podcasting – audio equipment

August 18, 20140 Comments

Before we delve deeper into the topic of podcasting we need to discuss equipment. Depending on the podcast format of your show; video, audio or both, will dictate the equipment you’ll need. Let’s start with a simple audio podcast (I say simple, because as far as I’m concerned they’re the least complex to produce compared […]

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