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June 6, 2017

One of the joys of doing craft shows and Farmers' Markets is watching customers admire your work. It's great to receive praise from family and friends, and often that's the only thing that keeps you motivated on days when you just aren't "feeling it." But when a comple...

March 31, 2017

Wow...it's been over 10 months since I wrote on this blog. Feel free to pick from the following excuses:

1. Time flies when you're sweeping sawdust

2. I've been way too busy finding a cheap source for wood glue

3. Band-aids make my fingers too fat for the keyboard

To be ho...

May 15, 2016

A few months ago, I was at a craft show in Orillia and a very nice woman was looking at my cutting boards. We began a conversation, and she told me that she had an old cutting board that belonged to her grandmother. Apparently it was old, fairly beat up, cracked in two...

March 26, 2016

Today was a feet up kind of day.

 

After last night's ice storm, the loss of power for 11 hours (and for another hour this morning, just as I was hitting the "on" button on the Keurig), nobody in the house felt like doing much. 

 

For me, taking a break from the shop is a...

March 17, 2016

I find that there are three different kinds of days in my workshop. The first is the productive day. You are on fire, baby! Projects are going together. Finish is drying nicely. Cuts are precise. Sanding is almost pleasant. You find every tool you're looking for the fi...

March 14, 2016

I participated in a craft show this weekend. There's always a lot of eager excitment in preparing for a show. First there's finishing your newest creations. Then packing, making sure you've got all the supplies you'll need for the day. Finally, arriving early for setup...

March 10, 2016

As I've mentioned before, I love making cutting boards. I am now approaching 50 boards...every one different, every one unique. And I can't wait to do more. 

 

Every home deserves a good quality wooden cutting board. Not only are they a pleasure to cut on, wood is actual...

March 8, 2016

What's the difference between a carpenter and a woodworker? 1/8 of an inch.

 

Let's get this out of the way - my idea of woodworking is planning a project to specific tolerances, building it with care, sanding it smooth and adding four coats of the appropriate finish. So...

March 7, 2016

One of the joys of woodworking is starting a new project. You envision it in your head...imagine it from every angle...try to work out in your head the steps and the order to put them in. Often the best (and sometimes worst) part is getting the wood.

 

This is sometimes...

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