Back to business!

I won’t say I’ve been lazy in not posting for the last, well, too many months. It’s been pretty crazy. I’m just finishing up a new book that’s due out this fall, and I also recently started on dialysis (I’ve had kidney disease for more than half my life – and for my entire woodworking career – and this is just another phase in dealing with it). So my energies have been focused pretty seriously on other things. But it’s time to get back to business.

Especially since this weekend (Friday, April 20th, 10 am to 6 pm, and Saturday, April 21st, from 10 am to 5 pm) is this year’s Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Hand Tool Event in my shop. Not only will the good folks from Lie-Nielsen coming, but there will be an over-abundance of other great presenters: Chris Schwarz (Lost Art Press), Megan Fitzpatrick (Popular Woodworking Magazine), Jameel Abraham and Father John from BenchCrafted, Kevin Glen-Drake (Glen Drake Toolworks), Raney Nelson (Daedworks planes), Gary Benson, from Elkhead Tools, and Andy Brownell, representing Gorilla Glue. Whew!

The book is ever so close to complete at this point. It’s tentatively called Foundations of Better Woodworking, and it’s scheduled be out this fall, just in time for Woodworking in America in Kentucky (where I’ll be teaching a couple of classes). Popular Woodworking is publishing, and I’m excited to be working with them on this. The book covers a lot of stuff I’ve seen very little of elsewhere – the essential things that underlie all of the skills and techniques that get all of the attention. More on this later.

I hope to see you this weekend, for a great educational experience. The event is free, no reservations are required, and you’re sure to learn something. Oh. And you get to play with some of the most amazing tools anywhere.

– Jeff