Sowing the Seeds of Woodworking

My first time teaching woodworking to a group of toddlers took place almost two years ago. This opportunity to introduce the craft of wood to what is by far the youngest crowd I have ever taught [...]

Planting Trees

This piece originally appeared in the November 2020 issue of Popular Woodworking As I write this, I’m sitting in my basement (“home office”) in Minneapolis, a few days after my 35th birthday. [...]

Joyners vs. Carpenters, 1631

Period woodworking trades in London were strictly regulated. I’ve temporarily put down my 5⁄16” joiner’s mortising chisel in favor of a 2″ chisel for chopping carpenter’s mortises. [...]

Carpenters’ Work

Early modern records show guild regulations in London. Early 17th-century London tradesmen were protective about their work, carefully keeping an eye on any interlopers to their craft. A dispute [...]

Our Top 10 Articles of 2020

Well, it’s certainly been a year, that’s for sure. As we close the door on a tumultuous 2020, let’s look back and see the woodworking projects and stories that inspired you in [...]

The Great Lumber Purge of 2020

I’ve always aspired to be one of those handymen who has every tool for every job, enough knowledge to handle any repair, and just the right piece of scrap lumber on hand for every single [...]

Working on Woodworking in America

One of our goals for this year is reviving Woodworking in America. We’re working on what Popular Woodworking’s flagship event (Woodworking in America) is going to look like going [...]

What Happens Next is Everything

Three weeks ago, Minneapolis police officers killed George Floyd. Outrage over his death sparked protests around Minneapolis and throughout the world. As a resident of Minneapolis, it feels like [...]

Lighting Matters

Raking light through windows is the clear winner in a hand-tool shop. In 2007, I was a speaker at Colonial Williamsburg’s Furniture Forum, and there I met Adam Cherubini. He was in costume in the [...]

Simple Acts of Kindness

When there’s so much uncertainty in the world, it’s awfully nice to be able to put my hands on real, tangible things that give me comfort. Sharp tools, a pile of lumber and a project provide [...]

No One Right Way

This article originally appeared in the June 2013 edition of Popular Woodworking I know I’ve been lucky as I’ve learned to work wood during the past eight years. When I started at Popular [...]

Baby Steps Into the 2020 Pandemic

These are difficult times for so many people. As residents of the state of New York, we are at the epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak. Until almost three weeks ago I was still teaching in our [...]

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