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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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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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