Month: December 2020

  • Currently reading

    Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler Oranges by John McPhee Code of the Woosters by P. G. Wodehouse Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell Analogia by George Dyson Up next: The Book of Eels by Patrik Svensson Looking for a Ship by John McPhee My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante Paris in the Present Tense by Mark Helprin

  • Turning Candlesticks on the Lathe

    Back in September I made a serious effort to learn how to turn wood on the lathe. I turned a few tenons on the stool legs earlier this year, but that is it. I was on the hunt for a good beginner project and Amanda asked for some candlesticks, so I got to work. As […]

    Turning Candlesticks on the Lathe
  • Dad has a blog!

    My Dad now has his own blog: He is using the Seedlet theme and is hosted at Pressable. His first post is about firewood. Go check it out!

  • Turning Christmas Ornaments

    We decided to change up our Christmas decor this year and go with an all natural aesthetic. Dried orange and cranberry garland, a basket instead of the tree stand, and wooden ornaments. I’ve been learning how to do lathe work this year, so after Thanksgiving I started turning ornaments. I’m still pretty new to turning […]

    Turning Christmas Ornaments
  • Two Staked Wooden Stools from The Anarchist’s Design Book

    I love staked wooden chairs and I want to learn how to make them, so I picked up The Anarchist’s Design Book from Lost Art Press. All of their books are top-notch and I highly recommend them. Christopher Schwarz’s introduction on what he means by “anarchist” resonates deeply with me. I figured I’d start small […]

    Two Staked Wooden Stools from The Anarchist’s Design Book
  • Wooden Joiner’s Mallets

    I made three wooden joiners mallets this year, following the Paul Sellers videos (1, 2, 3). The first has a head of laminated Beech and an Ash handle. Mostly because that is what I had around! There are no nails or screws in these, just wooden joinery. The handle and mortise in the head are […]

    Wooden Joiner’s Mallets