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Issue Three Soon To Be Out of Stock

  As mentioned in our most recent podcast episode, we are seeing the end of Issue Three coming soon. A long time ago, you all cleared out our inventory of Issue One and Issue Two. Now, Three is not far behind. We will be posting some excerpts here on the blog until this one goes out of stock. If you don’t have a copy of Issue Three, now is the time to order. Honestly, we get emails all the time from folks begging for Issues One and Two, so we recommend ordering Issue Three right now before it’s gone for good. In related news, we just revealed in that same podcast episode mentioned above that Mike and I are beginning...

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Thursday’s Webinar: “With Ready Hands: Exploring the Interplay of Technology and Craft”

Tomorrow night, I will be broadcasting a live webinar from the M&T workshop for the North House Folk School. I’ve turned down almost all of these offers over the past year, because… Zoom. But this is a rare exception. I’ve long wanted to get to know the North House folks better because our interests and visions overlap in several important ways. Also, I’ve been anxious to get talking about my research into technology and craftsmanship. If this webinar is the way I can do these two things right now, so be it. When asked about a topic I’d like to cover, I knew exactly what it would be. The webinar’s description is below:    “With Ready Hands: Exploring the Interplay...

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“Foundations” DVD Back in Stock

  OK, OK. We give up. After almost two years of fielding email requests for DVDs of our Apprenticeship: Foundations instructional video, we finally decided to do another run. When we ran out, we assumed that everyone who wanted a DVD rather than streaming would’ve purchased already, but it turns out we were wrong. Streaming is not for some folks. So, at long last, the Foundations DVD is back in stock. We also have our other Apprenticeship videos in DVD: Tables and Greenwood. We believe that with these three videos, you should have ample instruction to build most any item of furniture. Yes, each form has its own construction, but all the basic skills are laid out in these three...

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Podcast 24 – Our Tools Shape Us

Mortise & Tenon Magazine · 24 – Our Tools Shape Us   In this new episode of our podcast, Joshua and Mike discuss the idea that “we shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us” – the very theme that runs through Issue Ten (which is now officially in the hands of the printer). They look at several of the upcoming articles and discuss how they were impacted by them as they worked through the editorial process. Issue Ten is full of deep, thoughtful reflection on our tools and the work of our hands.  

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Last Call for Issue Ten!

The Issue Ten Cover Design The table of contents has now been fully released and this is the last call for the Issue Ten subscription window! Tomorrow, Sunday, February 28th, is the last day to get in on the big send-out to subscribers. If you want to be in the initial release, make sure you order a subscription here.    The Issue Ten Table of Contents   Will Wheeler - “An Unexpected Gift: Discovering Calm in a Modern Apprenticeship” Jeff Miller - “An Exercise in Precision & Randomness: Replicating David Pye’s Fluting Engine” Al Breed - Book Recommendation Joshua Klein – “Ready Hands: A Letter to My Sons” John Ruskin - “Savageness” George Walker – “A Whisper from the Past: The Lessons...

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Issue 10 T.O.C. – Joseph Brihiez – “Walking with Wood/Se Promener avec Le Bois”

In 2019, we at M&T were given a crash-course in French timber framing when dozens of international carpenters from the Charpentiers Sans Frontières came to Maine to build a blacksmith shop. The art of construction with hand-hewn timbers is closely guarded and preserved in France through traditional apprenticeship models which have been in place for centuries. In Issue Ten, we will hear from author Joseph Brihiez on his experiences as an apprentice to CSF carpenter Loïc Desmonts. 

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Issue 10 T.O.C. – Michael Updegraff – “The Rhythm of Weaving Cattail Rush Seats”

When it comes to sustainable and useful natural materials, it’s hard to beat the common cattail. Long used in traditional handcraft, it was the go-to choice for weaving comfortable chair seats for many centuries before the invention of factory-produced paper rush and other industrial products. But author Michael Updegraff believes it’s time for cattail rush to make a comeback.

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Issue 10 T.O.C. – George Walker – “A Whisper from the Past”

As woodworkers, our tools are precious to us. We’ve grown accustomed to their quirks, learned their capabilities and weaknesses, and love the feel of their worn handles. They become extensions of our own hands. This connection between worker and tool has existed for millennia. But how have the Industrial and Digital Revolutions changed the way our culture defines “tools?”

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