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Something old, something new…

I’m finishing work on four No. 3 infills to take to the Lee-Nielsen open house next month in Maine – two in Honduran rosewood, two in Gabon ebony – and the wrinkle on the prune is that two of them … Continue reading

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And Sometimes the Imperative Is to Act…

On the theory that in woodworking as in love and war, you must seize the initiative and keep it, I knew what to do as soon as I heard the snakewood crack: figure out what had gone wrong, ask my … Continue reading

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A No. 4 in snakewood, without doubt the most ornery wood I ever worked

I finished work just yesterday on this No. 4 in snakewood, without question the most challenging wood I ever laid tool on. The stuff is gorgeous – and it splinters, cracks, explodes, and otherwise gives you headaches once you start … Continue reading

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Honorable Mention at Del Mar

Here’s happy news. This No. 3 in Honduran rosewood won an “Honorable Mention” ribbon last week in the “Design in Wood” juried competition at the San Diego County Fair at Del Mar, said to be one of the toughest, most … Continue reading

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The Cyma Curve

The tote you see here, made from English walnut given to me by my friend Will Richter up in Berkeley, will go into one of my shorebird planes, a No. 4, so-called because the crown flips upward, giving the whole … Continue reading

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The Thing That Bequiles the Mind’s Eye…

I was born impatient and become more so as I age. I make haste in worry that my hands, my eyes, my determination will give out before I make the perfect plane – the one I see before me at … Continue reading

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Fred West: In Memoriam

January 2014 Fred West –- furniture maker, tool collector, tireless supporter of those who spend their happiest hours knee-deep in sawdust –- died last weekend after a short and apparently brutal battle with cancer. Let us celebrate this man’s life. … Continue reading

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What I Had in Mind All Along…

December 2014 I had three opportunities to show my planes to potential clients this fall –- two Lie-Nielsen hand tool events here in California and the Woodworking in America show in Cincinnati –- and came home with commissions for two planes in hand. … Continue reading

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“If We Do Everything…”

September 2013 I’m off this morning to Oakland for a Lie-Nielsen “hand tool event” at which I will show three new planes – two smoothers and a larger, narrower jack plane that I finished this week. I’ve worked hard to make these planes three … Continue reading

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