The magicís in the method

A woodworker knows how an ugly block of wood can be transformed into an exquisite turned bowl. To someone unfamiliar with the process, though, it must seem like magic.

Hoping for a better year

David DeCristoforoís blog today is on the same topic I planned to discuss Ė a look back at 2010. He just beat me to it by a few hours.

Out of flat and unaware

Ever have a serious problem pop up with a power tool, only to realize that itís not a new condition, but something youíve been cluelessly working with for a long time?

Four fixes

Creativity in the shop took a dive this week, with most of my productivity geared to repairing things. I hate that.

Locked out

I recently finished a beautiful paperweight in walnut and solid brass. Unfortunately, it wasnít supposed to be a paperweight. It just ended up that way.

Everyoneís a winner

I must be the luckiest man alive. I just won a $1,000 Home Depot gift card! But thatís not the lucky part Ė no, the lucky part is that itís the 10th one Iíve won! So farÖ

Boxed in

Few things are as iconic of woodworking and carpentry as a toolbox. Oddly, although Iíve been woodworking for decades, I donít have one.

For good measure

Ever measure something perfectly Ė more than twice Ė before you cut, but afterward find that the component just doesnít fit? I hate when that happens.

The tool you donít want

I bought a major new tool yesterday that cost about $600. Tool gloat? Nope. The tool I got was a monkey wrench.


What do you do when you have too many things for the available space? Something has to go, thatís what. Like in those lifeboat movies where they pick someone to go over the side.