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Lie-Nielsen Toolworks' Curtis Turner and the LN No. 51.

Can You Smell It?

For the last couple days, there’s been an odd and slightly offputting scent lingering in the air wherever I go (and yes, I’ve showered). I’m pretty sure it’s the ripe smell of panic. It just hit me that Woodworking in America is less than three weeks away (Sept. 12-14 in Winston-Salem, N.C.). In my...

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Veritas Planing Stop (Or, Some Tasty Crow)

I scoffed a few months back when I opened a box from Lee Valley Tools in which was enclosed a 17-1/2″ Veritas Planing Stop. It’s a thin stick of aluminum with two steel posts that drop into dog holes. I could see how it would be handy, but hey – we’ve got garbage cans...

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Tweaking Greene & Greene

We had Darrell Peart in our shop a few weeks back to shoot a video, and though I was planning to write about it once the DVD was available, I certainly can’t describe it better than Darrell! (Though I will say what an honor and pleasure it was to have him visiting us for...

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Senco Nailed It.

Last month the entire staff of Popular Woodworking Magazine (PWM) trekked off to Senco‘s manufacturing facility to take a tour with four of the five grand prize winners from our Senco Event held in the PWM shop in the Spring. The guy who missed the tour gave some lame excuse about his wife having a baby....

The 2014 Fred West Memorial Tool Chest

Fred West Commemorative Tool Chest Giveaway

If you’re a hand-tool woodworker, you have – at least in large part– Fred West to thank for the astounding number of high-quality hand tools available today, though you may not know it. But if you’re a maker of high-quality hand tools, there’s little doubt you had the pleasure of knowing Fred. Fred was...

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Advertisements in Woodworking Magazines

While building the new American Woodworker Magazine Compilation disk (you can get it as a download, too), I was asked to check the issue PDFs as they came in. I checked every page in all the issues, one at a time. Many of the articles were immediately pulled out for my personal use (I...

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The Lee Valley Tools Collection

Last week, I took a quick trip to Ottawa to visit Lee Valley’s headquarters for a press event – and gosh do I wish I could spread the news, but I can’t…yet. There will be a couple of “reveals” in the near future for the company, the first at the 2014 International Woodworking Fair...

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Woodworking in America Speakers – Drew Langsner

Drew Langsner, while new to Woodworking in America, is far from new to the topic of woodworking. A quick look down his resume clearly indicates his chops for woodworking. Plus, he’s had articles published in many magazines and has authored a number of books, including The Chairmaker’s Workshop (Lark Books), 1995 Green Woodworking –...

Jay Gaynor, from a 2005 article, "A History of Historic Trades," in the Colonial Williamsburg Journal.

Jay Gaynor: A Brief Remembrance

I am sad to report that Jay Gaynor, director of Historic Trades at Colonial Williamsburg since 2001, died today (July 31, 2014). Jay was formerly the curator of Mechanical Arts at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, which he joined in 1981. Prior to that, he was co-owner of Jamestown Tool Co., makers of reproduction 19th-century...