This summer I had the opportunity to take the Moravian Workbench class with Will Myers at the Woodwright school.  Two things happened last summer that made this possible. I got married and turned 40. For my 40th birthday my wife organized a fund raiser through family and friends to make this week possible. This was […]

My Japanese inspired strong box project is on hold for now. In its place is a series of smaller, simpler containers made for the purpose of  building up my box making skills and giving me a chance to experiment with some new techniques. I never want to admit that a project is outside the range […]

Admittedly I’m not good at keeping up with my blog, but keep in mind that anything that is a distraction from time spent in the shop is noise I don’t want to deal with. At the same time it’s fun to share what I do with the world. For now I have delayed the strong […]

Like a joke with out a punch line what good is a woodworking bench with out a vice? Nothing. The ghetto workshop took a hit this week. My bench vice striped out. It was a discontinued, and-now-I-know-why, cheapest thing I could get model. It couldn’t hold up to the clamping power  needed for chiseling out […]

I’m happiest in the wood shop, sharpening, planning, cutting, carving and even spending an hour this morning scraping the resin off my table saw blade arm deep in pitch remover. I am not happiest however spending any amount of time in front of the computer trying to market my wares for sale and profit. I […]

Part three is the exciting conclusion of this series on spoon carving—the finishing process. There are three kinds of woodworkers—those who don’t have a card scrap, those who have a scrape and think they know how to use it, and those who have a scrape and know how to use it.  I know this because I have been all […]

In this week’s installment of the spoon carving picture narrative, we will look at the tools and methods I use to transform the initial chunky wooden block into a spoon with some sex appeal. Remember it’s all about curves, and a successful transition between the thick and thin parts is what makes the spoon interesting […]