Responsibility

Originally posted on Shavings:
I had this crazy idea about the world and how I’d like to change it today. Hear me out. What if folks acted as if they were responsible for their actions? That whatever they did out in the world had a pond and ripple effect? That they are not alone on…

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‘We’re All Frauds’

Originally posted on Lost Art Press:
The book that became “Chairmaker’s Notebook” began as a chat with chairmakers Peter Galbert and Curtis Buchanan. We made a plan to produce a video of Curtis building a chair that would be accompanied by a pamphlet from Peter illustrating the construction details. In the end, Curtis’s detailed videos…

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Live Well

“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” ~Voltaire Voltaire was on to something there.  Here is a very inspirational family making good in the wilds of Wisconsin.  I would love to see more as they sound like some truly genuine artisans and […]

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A Level of Craftsmanship

A REAL BEAUTY! Here is an overview of a most remarkable modern Vardo build by Greg Ryan.  Not only does it document an amazing build, it is a really well put together little film as well.  I wish I could hit this level of craftsmanship someday.  This is one that will really inspire the budding […]

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More Joinery

Here’s a beautiful trestle table coming together in Andy Rawls’ studio; spotted on his Tumblr this morning. Seeing this makes me realize I can’t wait to get some projects done over the three day weekend.  It makes me a little sad to say something like that.  Choosing a job for pay instead of a love […]

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A Master at Work

It is awe-inspiring to see a master of anything at work, making their creation seem almost effortless.  Many thousands of hours, or even thousands of days, really show at a high level of work.  This isn’t to say that repetitive tasks are always fulfilling or require lot’s of mental exercise but that is often the […]

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Butcher block counter top.

Originally posted on Woodworker Network:
“If you remain insensitive to the individual characteristics of the material you are working with and cut regardless to a predetermined, exact measurement, then the finished piece will lack a certain wholeness and be little better than something you could have bought from a factory.” – Graham Blackburn

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