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New Blog: “The Work of Our Hands”

For those of you who have followed along here for a while, you’ve probably picked up on my interest in a few topics that occasionally emerge. I have spent a good amount of time in the past few years especially studying the history and nature of technology in society and its implications for humanity. Because I am a Christian, I have also been exploring the way this research intersects with biblical theology. Perhaps unsurprisingly, these thoughts have deeply influenced the way my family has been developing our homestead activities (garden, goats, chickens, ducks, etc.). All of these things are a huge part of my life, but I rarely write about them in detail for M&T readers. After sitting on it...

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Excellent Podcast Review of "Hands Employed Aright"

Woodworker and podcaster, Ray Deftereos, of the podcast “Hand Tool Book Review” has just released a thoughtful and thorough review of my first book Hands Employed Aright: The Furniture Making of Jonathan Fisher (1768-1847). He clearly took a lot of time assessing the book and distilling its contents for listeners, because I have never heard a more complete and concise description of the book anywhere else. Ray nailed it. I appreciated hearing his perspective on the practical benefits of this book which fits only by technicality on the dry and dusty “historical monograph” shelf. He talked about how he was delighted to see something different in such a work – something more personal. This was exactly my intention with the...

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"Another Work is Possible" Book Trailer

    A short trailer for those who would like to know more about my new book, Another Work is Possible. You can order your copy of this book here. Remember, as an effort to help those financially strained by COVID, we are offering store-wide free domestic shipping for one more week (through Thursday, April 23rd).  Hope you all are enjoying this book! – Joshua  

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Free Shipping for COVID-19

OK… we never do this. But we want to help in any way we can. Mike and I have been sharing the pain of the worldwide community in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and have been racking our brains trying to think of the best way to provide encouragement to our readers. We want to give as we are able. For the next two weeks (now through April 23rd), we are offering two discounts in our store: Free domestic (U.S.) shipping on everything in our store. (Enter coupon code “COVID_FREESHIP” at checkout.) A considerable price reduction on both our “Foundations” and “Tables” streaming instructional videos. At $20 a piece, that means you get a total of six hours of...

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Podcast 19 - Engagement with the World

In our most recent episode of the Mortise & Tenon Podcast, we spent time discussing how to make the most out of this social distance isolation most of us are experiencing. We talk about how we see the way this could open up new opportunities to experience life in a rich way both now in the midst of the virus and into the future once its passed. This episode is dedicated to inspiring you to not lose heart and to not give up on intentional living and craftsmanship. Items Mentioned in this Episode: My New Book “Another Work is Possible” Now Shipping The Documentary Film of “Another Work is Possible” Spoon Blanks for Carving in Your Apartment Michigan Sloyd Spoon...

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$65 International Subscription!

Big news for all you international readers! One of the major benefits of our shifting to the printer fulfilling future subscriptions is that we are able to get their enormous international shipping discount. For years, we’ve sympathized with folks overseas who sent us emails complaining that our shipping rates are so high. We’ve looked into several alternatives but always hit dead ends. We agreed the rate was stupid high, but could do nothing about it. For example, the shipping we’ve had to charge for our $45 two-issue subscription has been $48, making the grand total $93. Ouch. But our hands have been tied – until now. Because our printer will now be sending subscriptions directly, we are able to dramatically...

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Strange Times

This is a strange day for two reasons. After canceling the packing party because of the COVID-19 scenario, Mike and I (with help from Grace and our families) wrapped thousands of copies of Issue Eight in brown paper, adhered a wax-sealed trade card (done by my wife and me over many evenings), slid them into rigid mailers with a white pine plane shaving, and applied the postage. Considering that the printing of postage alone takes us 8-10 person-hours per issue, this special wrapping process is a monumental undertaking. We love every minute of it, and that’s why we’ve always invited 25 volunteers to help out for two days. But we knew this wrapping would soon be coming to an end...

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Last Day to Subscribe for Issue Eight!

  Issue Eight is on its way soon! We’re stoked about how this one turned out. Each issue, our printer has been fine-tuning their work to our specifications of premium paper choice, etc, and this one is absolutely gorgeous ­– they nailed it!   Just wait until you see Issue Eight in person! It’s just the kind of reading you need for your socially distanced time off. Tomorrow, Tuesday the 24th is the last day to subscribe to get a wrapped copy of Issue Eight!  Link to order here:  https://www.mortiseandtenonmag.com/collections/magazine/products/magazine-subscription   – Joshua  

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A Pre-industrial Immersion 2020

  Registration for the M&T Pre-industrial Immersion Workshop is now open! The event is scheduled for June 8-12 here at our shop in Sedgwick, Maine. Our first week-long workshop last year was a great success, and we can’t wait to do it again! One of our students said, “The last week was filled with fantastic food, great discussions, and amazing people. I learned so much, but these new friends truly made the week what it was and are what I have come to cherish most.” The application can be downloaded and printed here. Please note that it must be postmarked no later than March 20th. We want these workshops to be unique, with an emphasis on educational value, skill growth,...

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Podcast # 18 – Issue Eight

We recorded this episode of the podcast last Friday as Issue Eight was uploading to the printer – and at rural Maine internet speeds, there was plenty of time for a conversation! As we’ve spent the last several weeks getting this issue dialed in and ready to publish, we’ve grown even more excited about the content – our authors have crafted some beautiful and inspiring articles. From spending a few lively days with the Roy Underhill, to the story of a high-school English teacher reproducing Henry David Thoreau’s desk with 11th graders, to witnessing the mechanical genius and thoughtful choices of boatbuilder Harry Bryan, we’ll discuss some of this issue’s articles and the stories behind them. As we all await the arrival...

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