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WoodworkingWeb Theme: Arts & Crafts Style

The Theme for this month is the “Arts & Crafts Style” of woodworking. The era, around the turn of 20th century, was the about-face response to the Victorian era with all its intricate details and flourishes. The “Arts & Crafts” style is...

Welcome to Tortuga Early Instruments Worldwide Headquarters!

My shop is my sacred space. When I cross the threshold into its confines, something changes within me. I move from a work-a-day wage slave to a creator. When I transform wood, it transforms me. Because I have to maintain a day job, I move at a...

The Arts and Crafts Show Over the Weekend

For those of you who looked at my tea boxes last week, you know I was taking them and a bunch of other items to a show this past weekend. It was an outdoor show in a new venue for us. We set up on Friday night (tent, tables, etc) but didn’t put...

Project #5: Dad's Fridge Magnet

With fathers day fast approaching I decided to have a whirl at making a fridge magnet for my dad. I’ve now got plenty of scrap wood that was given to me and I found a roll of self adhesive magnetic strips in my arts and crafts kit. I...

Ramblings from a South Central Texas Wood Butcher: Kind of the Beginning

Jan. 15, 2015 It’s been another dreary, cold and damp day; just barely into the 40’s. Have felt like “poop” so I didn’t make it out to the “wood shop” today; although yesterday, I did glue the runners onto the bottom of a new miter sled for...

Ramblings from a South Central Texas Wood Butcher #1: The Band Saw and a Busted Lip

As I mentioned in my first entry (This isn’t actually my first entry, although the title says so), I was an Industrial Arts teacher for a number of years; starting with high school crafts, then moving to middle school wood and drafting, then high...

WoodworkingWeb Interview: HorizontalMike

Thanks to HorizontalMike for taking the time to do this interview. 1. What is your “inspiration story” — where did your interest in woodworking all begin? While I took “shop” in junior high school, it did not go over well. When I made...

A silk purse from a sow's ear... #2: Take 4 wire coat hangers, a length of tinsel and eight candles...

I finally got round to making a start on the wardrobe. End panels first. I can’t help but think of ‘Blue Peter’ – a long running children’s tv programme on the BBC. Every week they had a demonstration of how to make some artsy, craftsy piece of...

WoodworkingWeb Interview: Wolf & Rabbit

Thanks to Wolf & Rabbit for doing this interview.   1. What is your “inspiration story” — where did your interest in woodworking all begin? Well, it really goes back to when I was about eight or nine. My Grandfather had retired from his...

Crazy Stuff Stumpy Thinks About #1: One man's artsy is another man's fartsy...

A closely watched internet auction ended this morning. And by closely watched, I mean a total of five people, including myself, noticed it a few minutes before the end and checked back from time to time to see if it attracted any bids. It didn’t....