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Finish

3 Simple Finishes is a workshop coming up next week on June 16-18. If you have ever had a question about finishing, and who has not, then join us and learn some of the tricks. Finishing is part chemistry and … Continue reading

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Building a Portfolio

Any good portfolio takes time to build. Just like the construction of a piece of furniture is an accumulation of days and hours of effort, so too is that compendium of your work. Where to start? Start at the beginning. … Continue reading

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Beginning

The first step is the hardest. The decision is the key. Who can say where this choice may lead? That’s a bit of a daunting thought. But starting the project is first. Let the mistakes begin! I think this is … Continue reading

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Chairs

Chairs are one of the most challenging of projects. They are mostly air with only a few small sections of wood holding up your bulk and your pride. Jeff Miller wrote the book on them: Chairmaking & Design. Join us … Continue reading

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A Designed World

Folks have a dread about learning design. They feel that it is somehow beyond them. They are not artists. They are not creative enough. They lack the weird curiosity to be a designer. Or the hair. Nothing could be further … Continue reading

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Craftsmanship

I wonder what it is that brings people to this need to do things well. Is it a compulsion from inside or a rule, a standard imposed from outside? You see this craftsmanship of course in old work, where the … Continue reading

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A Beckoning

Spring beckons summer. It’s a tease is spring, a glimpse at the future. So too with our calendar. It has the promise of things to come for classes this summer.  3 Simple Finishes will be a great three days exploring chemistry and … Continue reading

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Name Change

Branding is always such a sensitive issue. Put the wrong name on your product and you can have such a very hard time selling it. For instance, a baby bath cleaning product called Smells Like Baby Farts Again might be … Continue reading

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Beginnings

Don’t we all start at the beginning? Even bringing the wealth of experience or talent or skills that one might have from another field to the bench, we still take our first steps in complete, utter, and blissful ignorance. Then … Continue reading

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Flow

I have a Hand Tool Shop class running this week with a fun group of folks trying their hands at this work. Being at the bench to the untrained eye looks like a picnic. Simply pick up your tools and … Continue reading

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