New Workshop Schedule

I’ve finally gotten things together and posted the fall/early winter workshop schedule. I’m excited to announce four new classes this session: Mortise and Tenon Joinery by Hand, a workshop on making the ‘Magic’ Tenoning Jig and its companion Mortise Jig, A Chippendale Chair class, and a Joinery with Curves workshop. You can see the complete listings here.

I hope you’ll be able to join us!

Lie-Nielsen Weekend Workshop

The weekend after Las Vegas was more or less the exact opposite experience: teaching a workshop on mortise and tenon joints by hand at Lie-Nielsen in rural Maine. Hand tool heaven. It was great to get a tour of the Toolworks, get to know Thomas Lie-Nielsen and a bunch of the great people who work there a little better, and to teach a room full of very enthusiastic hand tool woodworkers.

Here are some photos of the weekend, graciously provided by Lie-Nielsen:

Sawing the cheeks must have been going well....

LN workshop 2

....and the shoulders, too.

LN workshop 3

LN workshop 4

LN workshop 5

LN workshop 6

Thanks to everyone at Lie-Nielsen, and to all of the students who were there!


There’s no place like home! I’ve been traveling an awful lot over the last six weeks: first a family vacation, then a trip with my son to his freshman orientation at college, then out to the AWFS Conference in Las Vegas to present two seminars, and finally off to Lie-Nielsen Toolworks to give a weekend workshop on mortise and tenon joints. A great time at each of these events, but all that moving around does take its toll. So it’s finally time to dig back in to the work at hand; furniture to make, lots of articles to write, and lots of photographs to shoot for those articles. Oh yes, and a new book project, which is scheduled to be published next fall by Popular Woodworking! More on that another time….

There wasn’t a whole lot of woodworking relevance on our family trip, but one thing stood out: the dining table at the rather bizarre place we stayed was actually a classic old Roubo-style workbench.

A Roubo Dining Table?

You can see where the threaded hole for the leg vise was plugged, and there’s some evidence of a crochet as well. Made a great dining table (other than the stretchers, which did get in the way). That will certainly go on the list of options for a new table design. This one only had through-tenons, but I like the idea of the through-tenon and dovetail joint even better.

AWFS in Las Vegas was great fun, and the seminars were well attended and enthusiastically received. The show itself was a wild experience. Attendance was not the greatest, which wasn’t really a surprise given the state of the economy, and I’m clearly not exactly the target market for a show like that. But cabinetmakers were in heaven amongst the endless sea of CNC (!). I loved watching an Onsrud 5-axis CNC router machine a sphere inside a cube (loose, but still captured).

This was extremely impressive work, but it would be hard for me to justify something like that in my one-man shop. I also liked some of the Grex air tools, Lamello’s INVIS fasteners (that are indeed invisible once assembled, and tighten up with a rotating magnetic tool! – they’re not new, but they’re still pretty amazing), and a variety of other small tools.

Mostly, I enjoyed meeting people.