Wednesday, February 21, 2018

With Saw, Plane and Chisel

Hi guys,

I've never made these publicly available, only by request or at in-person appearances. But I just got another case of books in the mail and thought I'd give you all a crack at it.

Here is the writeup on the book provided by the publisher F&W.

"With Saw, Plane & Chisel documents the hand-tool-only construction of six pieces of classic American period furniture, spanning the major styles from the 1690s through to the mid-19th century. This will include details on how to do veneer work, inlay, painted decoration, etc. Finally, this book offers a brief look at the historical development of these styles and the European influences from which they evolved. Woodworkers will gain a strong understanding of how period furniture was made, how that influenced the development of those styles, and how to use this information to make excellent, realistic period furniture today."

I am offering copies of the book, signed by me (if you prefer), for $35 shipped to the lower 48. If you're interested, drop me a PM or shoot me an email at

All the best,

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

You see... the thing is....

Contrary to popular belief, I haven't died. I haven't been lost at sea. I haven't yet been put in jail.

I've just been busy... life has gotten a touch in the way of woodworking for me.

We have a toddler now. She's almost two. I always said I didn't want kids, but boy was I wrong. Her name is Abigail and every day she amazes me.

It would be unfair to blame her for my woodworking leave of absence. I've also been doing a lot of work outside the shop. I became a certified appraiser of personal property (think Antiques Roadshow, not real estate) and have been doing that for the last two years or so. I've also been taking on a lot of writing assignments with RM Sotheby's, one of the world's most important collector car auction companies. 

I must admit that I have neglected my shop. After my book came out (if you haven't purchased a copy yet let me know, I'll be happy to set you up with an autographed copy), I was so burned out that the fire was basically ashes. It is starting to rekindle a bit and hopefully I'll spend the summer making things again.

I know there has been a lot of shakeups in the woodworking media, including the departures of Megan Fitzpatrick and Scott Francis from Popular Woodworking. I hope to return to consistent posting to help offset some of that.

In short, I apologize for neglecting you and hope that all of you are doing well.