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Popular Woodworking in America: Interview with Caleb James

Caleb began his woodworking career designing and creating mid-century furniture, with a focus on Danish modern chairs. His entry into traditional chair making began with training from Peter Galbert and further expanded as he collaborated with Curtis Buchanan. This traditional type of woodworking guided his research into traditional tooling and led to his making...

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Popular Woodworking in America: Interview with Mary May

Mary May has been a professional woodcarver for more than 25 years. She studied with a variety of European master carvers to learn the traditional techniques that have been used for centuries. Mary now works with architects, designers and furniture makers, helping to add ornate details to their work. She teaches at various woodworking schools...

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On Sale Now: 19 Years of Magazine Issues

When I came onboard as managing editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine a few months back, my knowledge of the title was that of a reader – but as a staff member of a publication with about 30 years of history, I had some catching up to do. So I dug into the stacks (or,...

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Popular Woodworking in America: An Interview with George R. Walker

After decades working in corporate America, George R. Walker’s woodworking took a huge detour while doing research for an article on pre-industrial design. Since that time, George has explored design in numerous writings, including “By Hand & Eye” and “By Hound & Eye,” books co-written with Jim Tolpin (Lost Art Press). His videos include...

My two panel saws (one rip filed, one crosscut filed), slip into raised slots at one end, and the handles fit over "French fit" keepers; they are held in place with toggles.

Saws with a Proper Home

Following my post “Overflow Saw Storage,” a couple readers asked for a better look at my saw storage for those tools that already have a home. My panel saws are affixed to the underside of my English tool chest top – a location that necessitates sliding the top till to almost center in order...

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Book Giveaway: Furniture Fundamentals—Casework

Thanks for all the great comments! Congratulations to Billy’s Little Bench, the winner of this book giveaway. Stay tuned for more exciting book giveaways and if you’re interested in a copy of “Furniture Fundamentals: Casework,” it is currently available for pre-order.  When I joined the woodworking team a couple of years ago I found myself thumbing...

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Live Edge Class at Peters Valley Part 1: Nicky’s Bench

In early July I had the pleasure of returning to Peters Valley School of Craft in New Jersey to teach a class on live edge furniture. Live edge furniture, also known as natural edge furniture is furniture that celebrates wood in its most dramatic, organic and irregular way — by showing off bark, spalted areas and...

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Popular Woodworking in America: An Interview with Joe Zeh

Joe Zeh is a lifelong woodworker and an engineer with experience in the computer and graphics industry. He is author of “SketchUp: A Design Guide for Woodworkers” and also teaches SketchUp in video and live courses. This September Woodworking in America will feature two sessions by Zeh on the program and how to utilize it...

The lower left corner shows a Roman workbench; this form was used for thousands of years.

Christopher Schwarz on Roman Workbenches

I recently stopped by the Lost Art Press shop to chat with Christopher Schwarz for a few minutes about Roman workbenches. He’s in the midst of building two of these in preparation for his talk on that subject at Popular Woodworking in America 2016 (Sept. 16-18 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center). I was...