Nov 122020
Stories from Grandpa's Workshop: Calling All Toymakers
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In the November issue of Wood News, Bob Rummer shares stories of his own toy-making inspiration for the holidays: I have shared before about some of the toys that were made by my Grandpas and my Dad. While they all did serious woodworking, I suspect that toymaking brought a special twinkle to their eyes around […]

Nov 052020
Book Review: Mortise & Tenon, Issue #9
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For the November 2020 issue of Wood News Online, Norm Reid reviewed Issue #9 of Mortise & Tenon Magazine: Mortise & Tenon Magazine has evolved into a semi-annual feast of words and images that inform and inspire. This latest issue follows the proud tradition of its predecessors…If you revel in the diversity of ways to […]

Nov 022020
November 2020 Woodworking Poll: Making Toys for the Holidays
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This month, Bob Rummer, who has written several articles about the joys of generational woodworking within his family, wanted to share a short fairytale, The Toymaker Finds Vorstellun, to inspire your woodworking for the holiday season. You can find his story below the poll. In turn, Bob’s story inspired us for this month’s poll and […]

Oct 292020
Women in Woodworking: Meet Victoria Kim
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In the October 2020 issue of Wood News, Char Miller-King interviews Victoria Kim, a fellow woodworker from Georgia whose woodworking combines her incredible oil painting skills with her passion for building. This month’s feature is a hidden gem in my book. She brings a unique set of skills to the table that were developed in […]

Oct 272020
Turning a Classic Carver's Mallet
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In the October 2020 issue of Wood News, Temple Blackwood shows us how to turn an ancient and well-used carver’s mallet in different sizes and weights. One day following an email inquiry exchange, a new friend travelled some distance to bring me several fresh-cut, large logs of apple, a gift-in-trade. In the course of our […]

Oct 222020
Book Review: Good Work
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In the October 2020 issue of Wood News, Norm Reid reviews Christopher Williams’s book Good Work – The Chairmaking Life of John Brown. Good Work – The Chairmaking Life of John Brown is a book that, when I first laid my hands on it, I was not so sure I would want to read. Or […]

Oct 212020
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In the short video below, Jim Dillon demonstrates the use of a simple side clamp honing guide, explaining how to use it to sharpen your hand tools consistently and repeatably. This honing guide plus many other useful sharpening tools are available at Highland Woodworking.