Jul 182016
Write Down Your Woodworking Ideas and Shopping Lists
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Are you forgetful? Google “forgetful” some time if you want to see a different photo of me than my profile picture. Yes, I personify forgetfulness! And it didn’t start when I applied for Medicare, either. As a child, we lived in the boonies.  Five miles from the nearest paved road.  When we made a trip into town, we […]

Jul 142016
Lie-Nielsen 2016 Open House
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We had a fantastic time, yet again, at this year’s Lie-Nielsen Open House. The toolmakers are always so inspiring – we loved walking around in the tent and the workrooms inside to meet and chat with some of our artisan toolmakers such as Peter Galbert, Matt Bickford, Scott Meek, Chris Keuhn of Sterling Toolworks, and many more! On […]

Jul 112016
Tips from Sticks in the Mud – July 2016 Tip #2 – Tarp Storage
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No Southern-fried Southern boy wants to be called a Yankee, but we share the characteristics of shrewdness and thrift. Thus, each month I share a money-saving tip. It’s OK if you call me “cheap.” My late mother’s childhood was spent in bayou country, South Louisiana.  As a result, I grew up with some very unusual pronunciations.  […]

Jul 082016
Tips from Sticks in the Mud – July 2016 – Tip #1- Dusty Tissues
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Welcome to “Tips From Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop.” I am a hobbyist, not a professional, someone who loves woodworking, just like you do. I have found some better ways to accomplish tasks in the workshop and look forward to sharing those with you each month, as well as hearing your problem-solving ideas. As I’ve mentioned previously, I […]

Jul 072016
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We are very excited to be making our way up the coast to Warren, ME for the annual Lie-Nielsen Summer Open House. This one is a special one, celebrating 35 years of exquisite tool making. We will be taking a look behind the scenes at the factory and talking to many great tool artisans who […]

Jul 052016
Poll: Allergy Precautions in the Workshop
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In my Tips column I’ve previously written about my struggles with allergies and some of the ways I cope with them. The last time I made a significant project out of cedar, a hope chest for our eldest granddaughter, I developed a cough that lingered for months.  Repeatedly, I went to my ear-nose-throat doctor, trying different […]

Jul 012016
Remembering Michael Gilmartin
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We were very saddened to hear of the death of Master Woodworker Michael Gilmartin in May of this year. Michael was a long time customer and an acclaimed woodworker who lived and worked for decades in Atlanta.  He specialized in sculpted furniture, and was known for his unique and iconic plywood sculpted chair, which became […]