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Black History Month Wrap-up

Through no fault of my own, I was seperated from my laptop containing several interesting blogs about African American Woodworkers. Now that we are united, I feel the month is gone and the moment lost. But I do want to say a few things about Black History Month before I leave it until next...

John Hemings (1776-1830)

John Hemings started life as an enslaved carpenter at Monticello, home of President Thomas Jefferson. His Mother Betty, the daughter of a slave ship Captain and an unknown African woman, belonged to Jefferson’s father in law (John Wayles). After the father in law’s third wife died, Wayles took Betty to his bed. She bore...

Cesar Chelor ( -1784)

Picture from Joel’s website (linked below) When I first began collecting antique wooden planes, the name Cesar Chelor was an oft told inside joke. Chelor was a mid 18th c planemaker. He was owned by New England planemaker Francis Nicholson. When Nicholson died in 1753, he freed Chelor, providing him with land, and tools....

Black History Month

As you all know, February is Black History month. School kids will learn about the likes of George Washington Carver and Dr. Charles Drew. If they are really lucky, they will get to hear stories about the Tuskegee Airmen. I got to meet some of them when I was in the service. Their presentation...

Improving planes

A few months ago, I read about Schwarz’ ambitious teaching schedule here. I’ve taught a few classes and enjoyed them thoroughly. Sometimes I feel a bit guilty since I always feel as though I learn as much or more than the students. In a recent class, I got to see the performance of a...

Williamsburg's conference

Each year, I look forward to attending the “Working Wood in the 18th century” conference at Colonial Williamsburg. It’s a chance to spend a few boys’ nights out with my closest friends, reconnect with friends I don’t see often, and recharge my woodworking batteries. As a woodworking social event, it’s top notch. After conference...

Make your magazine come to life

I’ve had a few occasions to speak to woodworking groups. Each time, I’ve asked myself how I could make the audience’s experience great. Being brutally honest, print is probably a better way to learn. You can read at your own pace. I get to choose my words carefully. The photos and graphics are carefully...