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Win one of my Roubo frame saws (or other great prizes)

Hand tool enthusiast James Wright (Wood By Wright on YouTube) has put together a great little contest called Tool Make 2017. I love this idea – document the process of building a hand tool, give it away to someone who’s … Continue reading

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Quartersawn American beech billets for planes and saw handles

I chanced upon an impressively large American beech plank the other day. This twenty foot long board came from a tree that was nearly 200 years old, was  36″ wide, and just over 2 1/2″ thick. Needless to say, it … Continue reading

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Christmas and ordering

It’s been a while since I last posted, but not for lack of material. I have no shortage of ideas and topics, but time has been in short supply over the last several months. Between moving to a new, dedicated … Continue reading

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Halloween wood cutting

Earlier this year, a nice ash tree came down on a nearby back road. The butt end is a solid 24″ across, and there is about 20 feet to the first fork. While I would love to cut the butt … Continue reading

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CRAFTS of NJ Picnic update

I have been told that a bridge on one of the approaches to the Picnic site may be closed for construction. The map below shows some alternate routes.   It’s shaping up to be a beautiful fall day, so I … Continue reading

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Dovetail and carcase saw in Gabon ebony

These are the last two saws to leave my bench. They are a matched set, with handles made from Gabon ebony supplied by the customer. The first is a ten inch dovetail saw, the second a twelve inch carcase saw. … Continue reading

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An interesting miter box – updated

About a week ago I posted some pictures of this miter box, along with a request for any information about it.   A big thanks to Jeff Burks (frequent contributor to the Lost Art Press blog and the man who … Continue reading

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An interesting miter box

Monday, besides bringing the beginnings of a nice little snowstorm, brought an email from a reader with some questions about a fascinating cast miter box. It is a Union No. 2, but beyond that I know nothing about it. I … Continue reading

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Good bye, Fred

One of the best parts of this job is meeting and getting to know many of my customers. It is truly satisfying to interact with people happy to buy what I make. Among all of these people, Fred West truly … Continue reading

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Wanted to buy: Burr saw toother / retoother

I really, really, want a Burr toother / retoother. If anyone has a lead on one that may be for sale, I would love to hear about it. Rust is ok, so long as the die does not have large … Continue reading

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