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 […]

Form, color, pattern – Part I


    The enemy of accomplishment is interference. Fortunately, though, the dunces of the world are too busy aiming their jackassery at the heoric and revered to bother with the merely adequate. You wanna get stuff done? Better to be underestimated. Get off the parade float, dress sloppy, and develop a stutter; drool a bit […]

Music from A DIfferent Kitchen

Hey! Suit! Put down the the blackberry, leave the platinum card in your pants, and for god’s sake wash off that damn body spray – you’re makin me squint. This ain’t no cocktail party, son. This place is diffrent – Dem Brickton Chowles. This weekend, I’m dragging my travel bench and spy case down to […]

The Screw-Drawn Wedge (or: Content AT LAST!)

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working up a project that’s been on the ‘to do’ list for well over a year now: prototyping an M2 mitre . The plane itself- shown above – is a new size designed around a 1-1/4″ blade, placing it dead-center between the two sizes I’ve offered to date. […]

Road to Ruin

I’m happy to announce that as of November 13, DAED Toolworks is now based in beautiful Greenfield, Indiana – just fifteen minutes and a million miles away from the hustle of downtown Indianapolis. It wasn’t the easiest move in recorded history – we’ve been working on this transition for two solid years now – but […]