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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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Issue 8 T.O.C. – “Manual Training: What it is and its Place in Education” – Joseph C. Park

Back around the turn of the 20th century, as the Industrial Revolution was reshaping western civilization and driving the working class away from farms and rural areas towards the city, many observers were growing concerned about the future of the traditions, values, and skills that had been employed for centuries. Although technology promised solutions for many of society’s problems, what was the cost in abandoning the lifeways that had allowed generations to thrive? What would happen to the moral character of a population that previously relied on hand skills and now looked to mechanization and infrastructure to meet its needs?   These questions were pondered by many visionaries who were troubled by the trends they saw, and they sought a...

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Issue 8 T.O.C. – “Tool Marks Tell Stories” – Michael Updegraff

How can we put together a well-rounded and detailed understanding of the techniques a cabinetmaker or chairmaker employed to create their wares centuries ago? We have resources such as journals, ledgers, and a few valuable firsthand accounts, but the best information might actually be written with steel on wood, rather than ink on paper.    Join author Michael Updegraff as he explores the fascinating world of tool marks – often intentionally sanded away on modern handmade furniture, but almost universally present on period pieces. From the scientific discipline of traceology (reading macroscopic markings on artifacts to glean new insight) to the experimental archaeology practiced at open-air and living history museums, Updegraff extols the value of learning how an operation was...

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Issue 8 T.O.C. – “Showing Us What is Possible: A New Vision of Work from Charpentiers Sans Frontières” – Joshua A. Klein

At Mortise & Tenon headquarters here on the coast of Maine, the biggest event of 2019 took place in August, when an international team of carpenters hewed and raised a timber frame for a blacksmith shop in just nine days. This project saw the transformation of the M&T workshop into a dining area for 50, the woods behind the shop rang with the resounding song of axes on fresh timber, and for Joshua Klein, the theoretical limits of what is possible to achieve with simple hand tools changed dramatically.

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