French Curves for Woodworking

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I’m reviewing the new set of stainless steel French curves from Sterling Tool Works for the October 2015 issue, but you might want to get your hands on these tools before then if you have some curvaceous projects ahead. Don’t use French curves? I’m not surprised. A typical set of French curves is sized for working on small-scale drawings. If you do your work in full-scale, most French curves are […]

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Spokeshaves – Rehab and Sharpening

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We have a new “Kit of the Month” – Sharpening Essentials – available now in our store, which includes Ron Hock’s stellar book “The Perfect Edge” as well as a side-clamp honing guide, “The Last Word on Sharpening” DVD by Christopher Schwarz and “Sharpen your Handsaws” DVD by Ron Herman, as well as several articles on sharpening. In other words, the kit has the essentials to help you tackle one […]

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Another Great Maker of Wooden Handplanes

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When I first started using and writing about wooden moulding planes, there was only one modern maker with a full line of planes: the pioneers Clark & Williams (now Old Street Tool). If you ordered from them, it could take two years to receive your tools. The two-person operation got so backed up that they stopped taking new orders to focus on the backlog (though I have heard that might […]

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Share with Others

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I have a love hate relationship with Art and Farmers’ Markets. Places that have been putting food on the table and paying rent for our school these past three years. My experience has been they are a lot of hard work, yet every hour you work them your return on actual product diminishes (labor investment). I’ve met very few individuals who actually earn their living working the circuit. For most […]

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Consider Selling Your Beautiful Woodwork in a Local Crafts Store

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The campuses of crafts schools often house a gift shop or a gallery where artisans who taught there, took classes or became known to the school sell their work. Often a school’s store is the only showcase in the area for refined American crafts, a place where potters, woodworkers, blacksmiths, weavers and other makers proudly present their goods for sale. Thankfully, we still have crafts stores in our towns and […]

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An Inside Look at the Peabody Essex Museum

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If this whole “building world-class furniture” thing doesn’t work out for Phil Lowe, I think he could get a job as a museum docent. Lowe, an amazing maker and owner of The Furniture Institute of Massachusetts, has worked on many pieces owned by the Peabody Essex Museum in neighboring Salem, Mass. As a special treat, Lowe took the entire class over to the museum on Thursday morning and showed us […]

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