Monthly Archives: January 2015

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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New Beginnings…

July 2013 As the sun began to set on December 31st, 2012, having spent the entire year making one infill plane after another, I found myself thinking about Dick Kazan, an entrepreneur I had known in Los Angeles some years … Continue reading

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You Got to Know When to Shut Up…

I learned long ago to stop talking and start listening when I ran into someone who knew more than I did, and the lesson came in handy when I committed to taking a booth at the Woodworking in America show … Continue reading

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In the Beginning…

  June 2012 You’re looking at the first two working double-dovetailed infill smoothing planes I made, and I emphasize the word “working,” since the truth of the matter is that before I made these, I had already consigned three other enthusiastic … Continue reading

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