Roy Underhill

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Get Lubed Up in 19th-century Style

Ever since Roy Underhill wrote about the joys of mutton tallow as a tool lubricant in Popular Woodworking Magazine in the August 2010 issue, readers have been asking where to purchase the stuff. Or, even more alarming, how to render it themselves. The good news is that Lee Valley Tools has started to carry...

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Roy Underhill’s Woodshop of Old Curiosities

Roy Underhill’s The Woodwright’s School is filled to the rafters with vintage hand tools, bacon-powered machinery, solid workbenches, piles of wood and more (you can read about the school in Christopher’s Schwarz’s August 2009 “Great Woodshops” article). And just about everywhere you look, there are also curiosities. While I was at the school to...

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Road Trip to Roy’s!

Tomorrow morning, I’m hopping in my car and driving south to Roy Underhill’s “The Woodwright’s School,” where the view off the back deck of where I feel honored to be staying looks like this (though I suspect it will be slightly less verdant – though no less sylvan – at the moment):    ...

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It’s a Mystery

This puzzle mallet is seemingly made by magic. by Roy Underhill pages 44-49 From the April 2012 Issue, #196 It can’t come apart, but, problem is, it can’t go together! Legend has it that Abraham Lincoln invented this mysterious mallet. The trouble with ordinary mallets, in his time as now, was that they kept “flying off the handle.”...