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This summer Lie-Nielsen Toolworks will release a DVD on the basic principles of using handsaws and backsaws. During the video, I quote the Bible, cut all sorts of joints and am constantly menaced by flies.

We shot the DVD in Tom Lie-Nielsen’s barn in February, which is most definitely not fly season in Maine. However, once the lights we were using during the shoot started to heat up, the flies came back to life, like in a zombie film. No lie: There were thousands of flies.

We smashed them with our feet. Swatted them with tools. I even threatened to cut the head off their leader and put it on a toothpick to serve as an example for all the other flies.

So by the end of the week-long shoot, we were exhausted and punchy from filming and slaying. So I tried to cut a dovetail with the saw-shaped object on a Leatherman tool.

It did not go well.

When the DVD is released I’ll let you know. In the meantime, don’t try this at home. (And by the way, as always all my proceeds from this DVD will go to a woodworking-related charity or non-profit educational organization. I’ll let you know which organization when the DVD is released.)

– Christopher Schwarz

My Other Favorite Lie-Nielsen DVDs.

Traditional Molding Techniques: The Basics DVD with Don McConnell

Unlocking the Secrets of Traditional Design DVD with George Walker

Precision Shooting Simplified DVD with David Charlesworth

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  • David Chidester

    HAHAHAHA! Chris, that was too funny!

  • Christopher Schwarz

    There are several.

    The one I have contributed to for the last four years has been the Roger Cliffe Fund, which funds woodworking education for those who cannot afford it at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking.

    Other schools have similar scholarship funds. Also, many of the non-profit tool organizations have scholarship funds for those seeking to do research or further their education.


  • Marty

    I hate to seem crass and uninformed, but what "woodworking-related charities" are out there?

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