Jun 152021
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For the June 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Bob discusses the smells of the woodworking workshop. He analyzes how some of those aromas are created from the wood we work with, and shares some fond nostalgic memories brought on by those scents:

Recently, a client was picking up a piece of furniture at my house. As they were leaving, they commented, “Does your living room always smell like wood and finish?” People often comment on the smell of the shop — “I love the smell of wood shavings!” or “This reminds me of my grandpa/dad.” We appreciate wood with our senses, but we often focus on visual character (color of the wood, grain patterns) or tactile perception (smooth and glossy or textured) rather than smell.

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Jun 082021
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For the May 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Temple Blackwood discusses his preference for ‘best-tool-in-the-box’, the Fingernail Gouge:

My natural preference for favorite tool is the skew chisel, But if we’re talking “best tool in the box” – my tool-for-the-day is the versatile and dexterous fingernail gouge, which in my shop comes in three different sizes: 12mm, 8mm, and 6mm.

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Jun 042021
June 2021 Woodworking Poll: Father’s Day Woodworking Gifts
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It’s almost Father’s Day and what better way to show Dad or Grandpa you love him than with a homemade woodworking gift. Or better yet, if he is a woodworker himself, maybe you can surprise him with a new tool from our Father’s Day Gift Guide or let him pick one out himself with a Highland […]

Jun 012021
Women in Woodworking: Meet Larissa Huff
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For the May 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Char interviewed Larissa Huff, who started off as a woodworking apprentice and now owns the Lohr Woodworking Studio and the Lohr School of Woodworking with her business partner: Unique, timeless, and beautiful…these are a few words one would use to describe the work of Larissa Huff. […]

May 272021
Stories from Grandpa's Workshop: Black Walnut - An Old Friend
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For the May 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Bob shares his love of Black Walnut, his favorite type of wood for his woodworking projects. Yesterday I was breaking down some walnut lumber to make leg blanks for a coffee table. This is some of the last of the rough sawn lumber that Dad put […]

May 252021
World of Woodcraft - The Shocking Secret to Giving Up Gaming for Woodworking
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My first experience woodworking was with the Boy Scout Pinewood Derby car kit. Seeing that block of wood with 4 wheels and 4 nails sitting on the table, my grade school mind ran wild with all sorts of impractical designs. Thankfully, my father was there to ‘help’ and by the end had carved out a […]