Category Archives: Tool Making

Chisels and Alchemy

“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” – Carl Sagan Lately I have been designing a new piece that calls for many small dovetails. The chisels that I use now, while … Continue reading

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New Project (pt. 1)

I am very excited to begin this new piece.  It is a project that I have been thinking about and sketching for quite a while.  After much thought, I have a design that I feel perfectly matches the recipient. Before … Continue reading

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Smoothing Plane

Last week I took some time to build a nice smoothing plane.  It turned out well, and I feel that, in time, we will become close friends. “I began to think of the plane as being the cabinetmaker’s violin; the … Continue reading

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Raya

“Growing up with animals is enriching, but also habit forming: later on in life, if you aren’t with them, you miss them. …Now with a house and a workshop I can have pets – this time, cats.  Two black ones.  … Continue reading

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Dovetail Appliance

  I built this as a bookbinder’s press, but recently discovered that it works incredibly well at a dovetail guide.  

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Small Dovetail Marker

I made an Ebony dovetail marker to use with my new marking knife.  I plan to make several dovetailed walnut boxes, so this new marker will be a welcome addition to the tool chest. I typically use a sliding bevel … Continue reading

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Marking and Carving Knives: Tools that Tell Stories

Several months ago I received two pieces of Camillia wood from scholar, book artist, teacher and friend, L.L. Foster.  The wood came from a Camillia bush that grew in the lawn of the Foster home place.  I have had the … Continue reading

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