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 Video Roundup

Native American Totem Poles


Like most people, we spend lots of time (way too much time) surfing the web, entranced by various videos. In Video Roundup, we offer some videos from all over the world that we found especially intriguing. This week our selections focus on Native American/First Nations totem poles. A Totem Story British Columbia: Reading Totem Poles at Capilano Totem Poles of Haida...more..
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Making Wooden Bracelets


Like most people, we spend lots of time (way too much time) surfing the web, entranced by various videos. In Video Roundup, we offer some videos from all over the world that we found especially intriguing. This week our selections focus on making wooden bracelets. First, a bent wood bangle cuff made from thin pieces of walnut veneer, and next a lathe-turned bracelet made of contrasting pieces...more..
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 Joel's Blog

English Paring Chisels


See key below When a tool maker or seller talks about paring chisels, we don't mean chisels that can be used for paring: Almost any chisel can be used for paring. Rather, we are referring to chisels that were designed to making accurate paring easy. Paring is a chisel operation in which the chisel is used to shave precise amounts of wood from the work. The goal here is control - otherwise...more..
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This Old Dog Learns New Tricks


I have been making things of wood and metal for a good long time. I started at age 6 in a woodworking class at the 92nd Street Y and I haven’t stopped since. In the past twenty years or so, as running a business has taken over my life, I have worked less in the shop, but I still get some time in. Perhaps more importantly, I have my years of experience of making things. I think my situation...more..
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Making Stuff, and Other Human Impulses


Last week a gentleman who runs a local maker space invited me to teach some hand tool classes at the space. I was happy to have the discussion but we got hung up by a central question: How do you get students to the point at which they can produce something? My own answer thus far as a teacher has been to teach classes in which the product is the skill itself. I teach classes in making...more..
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 Classes & Events

TFWW Woodworkers' Hangout

Fri Jun 01 03:00 PM Friday Afternoons 3 pm - 4:30 pm

Come join us Friday afternoons from 3 - 4:30 pm for the Woodworkers' Hangout. Get ideas to solve your woodworking challenges. Learn about the latest tools and accessories. Meet your fellow woodworkers. Show off your projects. We’ll have interesting things to see and try out. Sometimes we'll have informal presentations. We'll always provide refreshments! Special treat at...more..
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Installing Butt Hinges and Other Hardware by Hand with Joel Moskowitz

Sat Jun 09 01:00 PM

No need to take out the various router jigs to mortise hinges and other hardware! If you are installing one or two hinges, doing it by hand is fast and surprisingly easy. In this class, Joel will demonstrate mortising butt hinges using basic hand tools, then work with each member of the class to mortise in a hinge. The class will also give an overview of hinges and their uses. The class...more..
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Build the Collapsible City Dweller's Shave Horse with Amy Pate

Sat Jun 23 10:00 AM

A shave horse is a combination of a vice and a workbench, providing a rapid and sturdy clamping mechanism for shaping wood. Historically shave horses have been used in many applications such as chair making, spoon carving, and coopering. We’ve designed ours to be sturdy yet collapsible - perfect for apartment living. In this workshop students will assemble their very own apartment-friendly...more..
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 The Work Magazine Reprint Project

WORK - An Illustrated Journal of Practice and Theory


Tags:Woodworking Tools and Techniques,Historical Subjects,Misc.
Tweet #TfwwWorkBlog!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=p+'://';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); Greetings Workateers! Our fourth and final volume has come to a close and so has the Work...more..
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WORK No. 200 - Published January 14 1893


Tweet #TfwwWorkBlog!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=p+'://';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); The editions of Work mag we have here in the shop often have the ads removed but the last...more..
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WORK No. 199 - Published January 7th 1893 NEW


Tweet #TfwwWorkBlog!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=p+'://';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); ARTICLES FOUND IN THIS ISSUE: STENCILS FOR WALL DECORATION • THE ART OF...more..
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 The Build-It Blog

Marching On


This is not a spill your guts blog... unless you're tree, but lately the sky looks awfully grey. I've been spending most of my energy fending off doom, and because of this I haven't managed to finish nearly as many projects as I've started, and I haven't started as many as I hoped I would. But, as Metallica points out, Time Marches On . So what have I been doing?...more..
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Brooklyn Guild


Last week I took an hour off work to go down the street to Brooklyn Guild , a design/build collective with a shop in Brooklyn. I met Brooklyn Guild when they came to Tools for Working Wood for hide glue . They began casually with 5 pounds, but within a week had bought nearly my weight in granulated hide. I had to know what they were working on that used so much glue, so I asked if I...more..
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Working Hard? or Hardly Woodworking in America


Tags:Product News, Sales, and Promotions,Misc.
I wrote this entry in an airplane cruising over the clouds as Tim and I headed home to Brooklyn from Woodworking in America . One week ago, after leaving work at midnight because we were finishing up the new Gramercy Tools Kings County Hammer, I rushed home to pack my underwater-camera and some socks before flopping into a cab for the ride to LGA. Tim and I arrived in Cincinnati a...more..
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 Joel's Blog
 Video Roundup
 Classes & Events
 Built-It Blog
 Work Magazine
Recent Blogs:
Chip Carving with Daniel Clay - Limited Enrollment Class - 07/14/2018
Build the Collapsible City Dweller's Shave Horse with Amy Pate - 06/23/2018
Installing Butt Hinges and Other Hardware by Hand with Joel Moskowitz - 06/09/2018
TFWW Woodworkers' Hangout - 06/01/2018
Native American Totem Poles - 05/24/2018
English Paring Chisels - 05/23/2018
Making Wooden Bracelets - 05/17/2018
This Old Dog Learns New Tricks - 05/16/2018
The Blacksmith's Guide to Transforming One Tool into Another - 05/10/2018
Making Boomerangs - 05/03/2018
Making Stuff, and Other Human Impulses - 05/02/2018
Hand Saw Maintenance & Sharpening - 04/26/2018
Getting Things Done - 04/24/2018
How to Make Wood Roofing Shingles with Hand Tools - 04/19/2018
David R. Russell - Some Thoughts on His Legacy - 04/18/2018
Osmo Roundup from All Over the World - 04/12/2018
eBay Fraud - 04/11/2018
Building the Gramercy Tools Bow Saw Kit & Dead Men Cut No (Dove) Tails - 04/05/2018
Blog Entry or Filler - You Decide! - 04/05/2018
Tilmann Riemenschneider, Master Carver of Limewood - 03/30/2018
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