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The Bleeding Edge of Risk

In the day of helicopter parents, litigious lawyers and cubicle life how is a person going to experiment with a risk vs. reward model with relative safety?  Woodworking gives us an outlet to analyze, and take the risks that can provide great reward while avoiding the … Continue reading

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It’s the story man, the story.

This past weekend we worked a small local market in Bastrop. Having now moved close by this will likely become a standard market I’ll work monthly even though sales will likely be lower than desired. Hopefully I’ll be able to … Continue reading

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Woodworking: A Tool for Developing Imagination

Like most latchkey kids who grew up in the ’80s, I watch too much TV. If you are ever in my shop you’ll likely see a small TV on in the background. Do I really pay attention to it? Not … Continue reading

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Taking Woodworking Classes on what You Already Know

*** previously published on Popular Woodworking’s Blog*** Continuing education should be a priority in your life – especially in areas such as favorite hobbies! The longer you travel down the path of a particular subject, however, you gain more knowledge … Continue reading

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World of Woodcraft

***previously published on Popular Woodworking’s Blog*** I foresee a real paradigm shift in the craft hobbies coming in the very near future that could dramatically swell the ranks of the clan we call woodworkers, and possibly preserve the knowledge we … Continue reading

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Buying Good Tools for the Wrong Reason

***previously published on Popular Woodworking’s Blog*** There is no easy way. There I was, on my butt halfway up the hill on my seventh try, tackling what I refer to as the single-track-mountain-bike hill of death. The throbbing from the … Continue reading

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Share with Others

*** previously published on Popular Woodworking’s Blog***   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 … Continue reading

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You Don’t Need a Doctorate to Color in the Lines

*** previously published on Popular Woodworking’s Blog *** I have a news flash for you…woodworking ain’t that complicated. It’s a learned craft at which anyone can become accomplished. How many of us have heard the sayings: “Draw a line, Saw … Continue reading

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Don’t Play the Cards, Play the Person…

  *** previously posted to Popular Woodworking’s Blog *** Scene: Mid-project in a chest-build class. Stage focus, a single bench with a busy student. Commotion all around at other benches just outside the lighted center stage. (Instructor enters from shadow … Continue reading

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Hand Tools vs Power Tools for Beginners

*** previously posted to Popular Woodworking’s Blog *** Do you start a kid (or kid at heart) down the woodworking rabbit hole via hand tools, power tools or both? The more time I spend teaching woodworking, observing students learning and … Continue reading

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