Monthly Archives: May 2015

1-01b: Chisels & Grain – Part 2 of an Introduction to Woodworking

In concept, this video is day two in our public school woodworking class (double block). We delve into grain direction intricacies and chisels. So grab a piece of wood and a chisel and follow along. You’ll be done by the … Continue reading

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1-01a: An Introduction to Woodworking

This is the premiere episode of a new series of classroom style videos I believe appropriate to be shown in a public school environment. For the past year I’ve been teaching a weekly free class here at the brick and … Continue reading

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FOX 7 News

We were featured in 3 two minute segments on FOX 7 Good Day News today. A last minute thing arranged last night. They posted one of the three segments to their website. MyFoxAustin | KTBC | Fox 7 Austin | … 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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Turn a Carving Mallet

Another of our short, silent film style, artsy-fartsy, videos. This one on making a carving mallet on the lathe.

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I recently got at email from a retired public school woodworking teacher (30 years!) who had a wealth of information he’d been using in his classroom from magazines and books he’d scanned in. Most of these dated back to the … Continue reading

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Making a Mallet: purpose, design, creation

This stand alone lesson is all about design. Utilizing the designing and building of a carving mallet to explain the intricacy and depth designers go to produce the best they can for a given purpose. You can download the worksheet … Continue reading

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