Your Southern Can Is Mine


  Because I was (by far) the slowest and most infrequent blogger in the house, there’s already been better coverage of the 2013 FORP than I could ever offer: Jam-master “J” Alibaba’s video and commentary over at the Benchcrafted blog AP Style Maven Chris “The Tip” Schwarz’s day-by-day coverage at Lost Art Press Jeff Miller […]

Lost in the Supermarket


I was in the local Orange Behemoth not long ago, and saw some woodworking magazine with the phrase ‘CNC magic’ on the cover. The picture was a geometric bowlish object – one of those things that looks like it was made with the 3D equivalent of a spirograph. I made an involuntary noise. ‘Bless you’ […]

I got peace turned up so loud. Handworks 2013.

Punk at its heart is a blood-n-spit forged radical commitment to integrity. It’s a full-force head-butt to a mass-produced culture that degrades our humanity and a caste system sewn in niceties, innuendoes, and euphemism. It’s not nice and it’s certainly not subtle. But true? Aye – it’s that. Always that. — Stew Napalm, aka Stuart […]

One of these things is not like the others


One of them’s sold, one’s mine, and one is the ‘door prize’ at Handworks. Which one’s earning me bupkis? Here’s some clues specifically geared to anyone educated in the US public schools. There will be (multiple choice) test.   Come by the booth and see me if you’re going to Amana. I will NOT be […]

Daed Toolworks Index Plane


Brace yourselves, gentle readers. Two blog postings in one month – I know, right? First things first – For those needing further proof that the map is indeed not the territory, today it was discovered that tearing off the last page of the Mayan calendar didn’t actually cause the cessation of the human species. Good […]

Modern Edge Tools


A couple of weeks ago, the hipster geniuses at Tools for Working Wood sent out a new publication called ‘Modern Edge Tools’. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can download it from their site. Personally, I think it’s worth every second you can spare. I defy anyone to read “Saw Veneer in your Spare […]

All Hand(work)s on the Bad One

So by now, I suppose it’s possible you may have heard about Handworks 2013. If you have an internet connection, you’ll want to check out If you don’t have an internet connection, you’re not reading this. And in that case, I should like to say that I never liked you much. Handworks is, simply, […]

Nelson’s Universal Design Method


I get exasperated when I hear woodworker’s say they ‘can’t design’. Furniture-making is design. Toolmaking as well. Can’t do it well without a good design sense. I think anyone who believes they can’t design has fundamentally misunderstood what design is.   There is a persistent myth out there that design is something you’re either born […]

Learning shoji…

I don’t do a whole lot of review and recommendation writing on here, but on occasion something comes along that I’m so enthusiastic about that I feel the need to post about it. Even though it’s been a few years since I managed to post frequently about it, the kumiko and shoji work on my […]

Form, Color, Pattern – Part II

Subtlety is just bull$%!t in evening wear — anon. Greetings, dear reader. After a hellish few days toiling away making coarse physical objects and wasting all that potential for ‘intellectual work’ that I was imbued with in school – I’ve finally managed to get some time back at my computer. Ah, the workstation… if my […]