I wrote a post a little while ago about how I WANT TO BE Tom Fidgen after reading a preview of his latest title “The Unplugged Woodshop: Hand-Crafted Projects for the Home & Workshop”.
Once I wrote it, I was a little concerned it would come across all Buffalo Bill”ish” “I want to wear your skin”, so I should set the record straight so no one thinks Tom should carry around a scary sharp 1″ butt chisel in his pocket for protection from me.
I WANT TO BE Tom Fidgen-like when it comes to how I approach my projects.
The truth of the matter is I am extremely inspired by this book. I had hoped it would still leave me with the same desire I had when I finished reading his first book Made by Hand to pare down my shop to a handful of hand tools and spend more time enjoying the peace and calm that comes from using and appreciating a muscle-powered tool versus an electric-powered one.
And when all is said and done, I do! I can’t help but find myself seriously considering changing how I woodwork. Not WHAT I woodwork, but HOW I go about building the same projects but in an unplugged way.
If I had to pick a single project from the eleven he created for the book, it would have to be either the “Good Doctor’s Medicine Chest” or “The Gentleman’s Valet”. Both are amazingly designed and constructed and so well detailed in the book I have no doubt in my mind I can build them…but it’s not just these two projects.
Tom has done a masterful job of detailing each project from start to finish. Every project has a story, and each project includes a great little drawing of the plans in the beginning followed by the steps, tools and techniques that make them unique.
But what good is all that if they aren’t laid out in a way that the reader can follow along and appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into them? Well no worry there, because they are. They’re so easy to follow along and build in your own shop that it says a lot about Tom’s skill as an instructor.
I’m going to stop here, because there’s no way I can continue to describe how much I appreciate adding this title to my library. And that’s where the title of this post comes from, “The Unplugged Woodshop: Hand-Crafted Projects for the Home & Workshop” has made me so angry in the sense I can’t wait for the day when I can unplug all my power tools and just build with tools powered completely by me, unfortunately that day is quite a ways off. And that makes me angry (or sad and I’m confused about my emotions).
Either way, when it finally happens, any anger I feel now will just melt away one saw stroke at a time…
I hope you’ll feel the same way when you get your copy. And to help speed that process up, I have a copy to give away.
To enter for a chance to win it, leave a comment here on the website telling me which of Tom Fidgen’s projects from either this title or his previous one you’d most like to build.
Not sure which ones you can choose from? Visit the following links where you can preview the table of contents to see them.
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