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Wendell Castle

Furniture Show Celebrates Wendell Castle’s Work

I don’t think that there is a more reputable furniture artist, teacher and designer who is still actively producing masterpieces than Wendell Castle. Castle, who is now in his 80s, is considered by many as the “Dean of the American Craft Design.” Perhaps his most important contribution to our field is inventing techniques to...

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How to Create an Irregular Mortise & Tenon in SketchUp

A student wrote and asked me this paraphrased question: “Can you give me some suggestions for drawing these irregular tenons into the legs? If the mortises were rectangular I would simply use the Rectangle tool to trace one onto the face of the leg and Push/Pull it to depth.” I exaggerated his tenon in...

Watch Follansbee & Underhill for a Streaming Good Time

Now streaming on PBS is the recent episode of The Woodwright’s Shop in which Peter Follansbee (the Arts & Mysteries columnist for Popular Woodworking Magazine) shows Roy Underhill how he hews out huge bowls. It’s a good one – watch below: — Megan Fitzpatrick P.S. If, like me, you can’t get enough of “The...

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Carl ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Bilderback

I’m sad to report that this evening, Carl Bilderback passed away. I’m so glad to have had him as a friend. The below is bumped up from October. If you’re among the following, move along…nothing new to see here: • Members of the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association • Longtime readers of this blog and...

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Swords, Shields & Polar Bears

My school is throwing its annual Fall Fair this Saturday (Nov. 21). It’s a one-day open-house extravaganza where we open our doors to all to show our students’ achievements both in academics and the arts. At the Fair we offer artisan workshops in fabric, clay and candle making, and we sell handmade craft work...

Sharpening a chisel on a sandpaper plate

Sandpaper Sharpening & Honing, Part 2

In my last post, I showed how I use adhesive-backed sandpaper as a sharpening medium in our school classroom. Although adhesive-backed sandpapers have become the gold standard in tool sharpening, I find that in many cases conventional sandpapers will do a good job, too. There are a few ways you can build a sharpening...

Shaker Firewood Box

Make a Shaker Firewood Box, Part 1

With winter approaching, we’ve had a new wood burning stove fitted at home. Our joinery workshop (G.S. Haydon & Son) provides ample fuel and it’s a great way to save on the utilities bill and have that unique and comforting sight of a fire during the dark and cold months. My indoor firewood box...