Mill a Log into Lumber with Ron Herman

Every woodworker who sees a downed tree quickly says a short prayer to the gods of nature and immediately thinks of turning that log into lumber. It’s just natural to want to see a natural resource being utilized and not wasted. And, of course, procuring some inexpensive lumber doesn’t suck either! But what does...

Video Shorts with Ron Herman

As editors, we search our two web sites (popularwoodworking.com and shopwoodworking.com) constantly for information for the online extras portion of all  articles and most columns – the information, we hope, is both relevant and interesting. While searching the sites, I often come across books, articles and DVDs that have scads of interesting information, including...

Buying & Restoring Hand Tools with Ron Herman

Vintage hand tools can be a terrific addition to anyone’s toolbox.  Check out Ron Herman’s DVD “Buying & Restoring Hand Tools” today and learn the best ways to assess, purchase and ultimately restore hand tools. This double-disc DVD will walk you through every step of the way right up to the very end of restoring...

Ron Herman: ‘Sharpen Your Handsaws’

The first time I saw Ron Herman sharpen a handsaw, I learned more about sharpening the tool in 20 minutes than I had learned in all the years I’d been a woodworker. I had been sharpening my saws for years, but I was mostly trying to replicate the saw’s existing tooth geometry. I wasn’t...

New DVD: ‘Sharpen Your Handsaws,’ with Ron Herman

Traditional housewright Ron Herman has sharpened thousands of handsaws in his career, and now, he shares his expertise with you on a new DVD: “Sharpen Your Handsaws.” Ron starts off by discussing the different parts of typical saws, including handle and sawplate shapes, and talks about the shape of the teeth on ripsaws and...

Can You Pass Ron Herman’s Joinery Challenge?

“The Joinery Challenge,” a new DVD from Ron Herman, is now available for pre-order at ShopWoodworking.com (and on sale for $5 off the regular price through the end of June). This exercise is one Ron had to pass when he was in his apprenticeship on his way to becoming a journeyman housewright (he’s now...

Ron Herman: Kicking it Estonian-style!

  This week we are putting the finishing touches on a new article from Ron Herman, the Columbus housewright, on a topic that has yet to be covered by the woodworking media – as far as I can tell. I’m not going to tell you what the article is about. But this isn’t just...

A Visit to Ron Herman’s Shop

Megan Fitzpatrick and I drove up to Columbus, Ohio, last Thursday with Al Parrish, our staff photographer. We visited Ron Herman at the shop for his business, Antiquity Builders of Ohio. Ron had recently shot a couple of videos for us; one on sharpening saws and one on a joinery exercise. He’s working on...

Ron Herman’s DVD on Saw Sharpening

One of my goals in this job has been to help produce a saw sharpening video that makes sense of all the dogma about this simple task. Should you set the teeth before or after you file them? Should you sharpen fleam from one side of the saw? Or turn the saw around to...