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Troubling Consolidations

As in so many other industries, the companies who supply us with paints and finishes are consolidating at a rapid rate. When I started in this field 40 years ago, there were all sorts of local and regional suppliers. Every store carried its own unique brands. Minwax was a very small player. It was...

The store's window on Warren street, Hudson NY

A Hardware Store That Will Take You Back in Time

Dennis McEvoy and Bart Slutsky of Rogerson’s Hardware in Hudson NY are doing the herculean job of keeping a great old American hardware store alive, and they are doing it well. Swimming against the stream is fraught with difficulty, but the five-story building that has housed Rogerson’s Hardware since 1830 is a testimony to McEvoy and...

Mid Century Modern

Five Lessons from Mid-Century Modern Furniture

  You can purchase Michael Crow’s DVD “Building Techniques in Mid-century Modern Furniture,” at As a material object, a piece of furniture reflects the taste of its designer, the skill of its maker and larger cultural influences. For example, Shaker furniture shows the elegance of simplicity and the value of using local woods,...


Roubo Moulding Planes with Caleb James

In the April 2016 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine, Caleb James gives us a look into his take the Roubo moulding plane. If you haven’t picked up your copy, then you are missing out on a great article. We met up with Caleb at the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event at Braxton Brewing Co. in Covington, Ky., last weekend. There,...

Steve Voigt

Steve Voigt on Using Wooden Planes

Steve Voigt, a maker of superb double-iron wooden planes, was one of the many exhibitors at the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event at Braxton Brewing Co. in Covington, Ky., last weekend. You can read more about him in this post on the Lost Art Press blog – but before you click through, take a few...

17th Century Carving

The Wonderful Everyday

Shop time has been limited in recent weeks, but that’s normal for most of us and perfectly fine. I’ve been keeping the house quiet during the weekends as my wife is coming to the end of a course with a final flurry of assignments. That means plenty of child-friendly activities!  I decided to take...

Analine dyes, Lockwood and Moser, which is relabled Lockwood

Synthetic Aniline Dyes: Where Did They Come From?

Before 1856 all dyeing, and for that matter, most coloring, whether on cloth or wood, was done using natural materials. Being natural materials, they varied, so it was difficult to predict the color you would get. Most of these dye colorants also faded easily. The breakthrough to a better dye was discovered accidentally by...


Dry Ground & Live Edge

I spent last week on vacation at Kentucky Lake. My girlfriend and I wanted to have a week away before she graduates law school in May and goes directly into study mode for the bar exam. We had big dreams of hiking, kayaking and hopefully a little fishing. I didn’t want to even think...