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It's time for a little summer reading with my kids--all about woodworking! 

http://literaryworkshop.wordpress.com/2014/07/06/summer-reading-kid-friendly-woodworking-books/
Summer reading isn't just for grown-ups.  With the kids out of school, it's just the time for everybody, young and old, to do some reading for fun.  As a woodworking father of four young children, ...
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Here are my two newest pipes, a little Dublin-style freehand and churchwarden in an "apple" shape.  I made both of them out of the same big block of plateaux briar. 

As usual, both are available for purchase at my Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LiteraryWorkshop
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Some wooden spoons from the past few months.
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Hatchet, hook knife, and sloyd knife, followed by card scrapers.
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Last installment of my "how to blog" series:

https://literaryworkshop.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/how-to-blog-about-your-hobby-part-6-back-to-basics/

Three must-read works (one essay, two books) for the aspiring writer.
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Zinsser's book is a classic--have recommended it to people for years and years now.
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I love writing about my hobby (woodworking), but I know a lot of hobbyists who would like to write more about what they love but don't really know how.  This month's blog series is for such people:
http://literaryworkshop.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/new-series-how-to-blog-about-your-hobby/
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Tool Chest
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I drew up the plans myself.  The design is based loosely on Chris Schwarz's "Anarchist's Tool Chest," and I'm really glad I read his book on the subject before I dove into the project.  He warned me away from several potential blunders.  He also pointed out simple, effective ways to divide up the inside.  But the frame-and-panel is my own variation on the theme.
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Been a while since I've posted anything here.  My most recent accomplishment is pipe #25, which is currently for sale on Etsy.

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I've learned a lot in the past few pipes, especially about getting the shape right.  Most important lesson recently: don't rush the sanding.  I'm used to casework in which sanding is a quick last step on the way to the finish. (My smoothing plane and card scrapers make sanding almost unnecessary.)  On a pipe, though, sanding can take nearly a third of the total time.

And here's a link to the item on my storefront:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/178770774/briar-churchwarden-tobacco-pipe?ref=listing-shop-header-0
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Went to the Woodworking in America convention a few weeks ago and came back with a handful of carving gouges and an interest in relief carving.  Or maybe that's re-leaf carving.
My wife came back from Wooworking in America with a few carving gouges and a lot of enthusiasm.  She and I had attended Mary May's seminar on carving oak leaf shapes, and we were keen to try out wh...
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I spent the weekend at the Woodworking in America conference in the Cinci area.  Here are a few pictures and highlights.
My wife and I spent the last two days at the Woodworking in America convention in the Cincinnati area.   Here are some of my highlights. Peter Follansbee gave a fun, engaging demonstration of Sloyd...
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An essay of mine has just been featured by Transpositions, an arts-and-theology blog hosted by the University of St. Andrews.  It's part of their Domestic Arts symposium this week, and the whole series is worth a look.

http://www.transpositions.co.uk/2013/02/reclaim-restore-redeem/
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When it comes to putting your thoughts down on paper (or a computer screen), things can get hairy.  How to begin?  How to put ideas in order?  How to end?  Here are some tips for blog writers, both novices and veterans:
http://literaryworkshop.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/how-to-blog-about-your-hobby-part-2-organizing-your-ideas/
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Whatever your hobby, you probably feel like you don't have enough workspace.  Here are some suggestions for dealing with space constraints.

http://literaryworkshop.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/five-tips-for-setting-up-a-woodshop-in-a-small-space/
How big is the ideal workshop? Just a little bit bigger than the one you have. We don’t like to work within strict limitations, especially not those measured in square feet. Yet most amateu...
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I've even seen effective storage between ceiling joists.  Clamps fit up there, for example. 
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