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Issue 11 T.O.C. – Gustave Rémon – “The Versatile Socket Axe”

This post is part of a blog series revealing the table of contents of upcoming Issue Eleven. As is our custom, we’ll be discussing one article per weekday in order to give you a taste of what is come.  The subscription window which includes Issue Eleven is open now. To get Issue Eleven when it ships early October, you can sign up for a subscription here.  If you aren’t sure about your subscription status, you can reach out to Grace at info@mortiseandtenonmag.com. Keep in mind though, if you are set to auto-renew, you never have to worry about getting the next issue of Mortise & Tenon. Issue Eleven is coming your way soon! ___________________________________     Gustave Rémon – “The Versatile Socket Axe” The axe is...

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Issue 11 T.O.C. – Jeremy Tritchler – “Discovering the Trade, Art, and Mystery of 18th-century Cabinetmaking”

This post is part of a blog series revealing the table of contents of upcoming Issue Eleven. As is our custom, we’ll be discussing one article per weekday in order to give you a taste of what is come.  The subscription window which includes Issue Eleven is open now. To get Issue Eleven when it ships early October, you can sign up for a subscription here.  If you aren’t sure about your subscription status, you can reach out to Grace at info@mortiseandtenonmag.com. Keep in mind though, if you are set to auto-renew, you never have to worry about getting the next issue of Mortise & Tenon. Issue Eleven is coming your way soon! ___________________________________       Jeremy Tritchler – “Discovering the Trade, Art, and Mystery...

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Issue 11 T.O.C. – Nevan Carling – “Restoration of an 18th-century Loom”

This post is part of a blog series revealing the table of contents of upcoming Issue Eleven. As is our custom, we’ll be discussing one article per weekday in order to give you a taste of what is come.  The subscription window which includes Issue Eleven is open now. To get Issue Eleven when it ships early October, you can sign up for a subscription here.  If you aren’t sure about your subscription status, you can reach out to Grace at info@mortiseandtenonmag.com. Keep in mind though, if you are set to auto-renew, you never have to worry about getting the next issue of Mortise & Tenon. Issue Eleven is coming your way soon! ___________________________________   Nevan Carling – “Warp & Weft: Weaving Academic Research with Handcraft...

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Build For Ever

  I’ve been staring at the rear post of an antique ladderback chair this morning. This might seem like a mindless thing to do, but there’s a lot to engage with here – this chair is more than 150 years old. How many times does a hand have to touch a turned hardwood finial before a flat is worn? How many people have leaned back into that curved top slat after a long day? I wonder about the lathe those posts were turned on – does it survive somewhere, perhaps in pieces in some dusty barn? Who was the maker, and where did they live? Did their shop tools get passed down through the generations, or dispersed through flea markets and...

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Podcast 31: “How Do I Learn New Skills?”

  In this new podcast episode, Mike and Joshua talk about the struggle to learn new skills and ways to overcome the hurdles. The journey begins with a resolved commitment but is only carried out through regular practice. SHOW NOTES: VIDEO: “HOW CAN I LEARN WOODWORKING?” VIDEO: “CULTIVATING A HABIT OF WOODWORKING” VIDEO: “CRAFT AS A COMMITTED PRACTICE” REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR THE APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM! William Coperthwaite, A Handmade Life: In Search of Simplicity Jacques Ellul, Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes The Mortise & Tenon Apprenticeship Program

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Incontestable Consequences

“As a couple well-meaning colleagues and concerned friends told me, taking a detour to teach hand-tool woodworking in a high school English class was a bad idea. Regardless of how enthusiastic I felt about it. I’d be adding even more chaos into the classroom, like tossing another flaming chainsaw to someone on a unicycle already juggling 10 of them. Ask a teacher you know, and they’ll tell you that on any given day, they wear a lot of hats. They pivot between being a public speaker, a cheerleader, a counselor, a lion-tamer, an event planner, a hostage negotiator, a psychological puppetmaster, and (thankfully, not often) a triage nurse. I don’t mean to complain – the unpredictability of my career is...

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New Around Here?

We’ve had a lot going on over the last year or so and therefore, it seems appropriate to introduce ourselves afresh to those who haven’t been with us since the beginning. The following is a brief summary written to spell out the things we spend our time doing and explain why we do them. To be honest, after I finished the list, I felt a little tired: Welcome. We’re Mortise & Tenon Magazine, and we’re passionate about hand-tool woodworking. We are an independent, family-run publishing company (read: 3 families) based in rural coastal Maine. We publish our 144-page ad-free magazine twice per year (with back issues in stock). We also publish our own books about handcraft and its connection to...

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Registration Now Open for the Apprenticeship Program!

You can now register for the 8-week M&T Apprenticeship Program here: https://www.mtapprenticeship.com/apprenticeship-program If you’ve been interested in learning to work wood with hand tools, now is the time to sign up. We are going to have to cap the number of students so that we can have enough attention for folks as they work their way through the weekly assignments.  This first term begins on August 30th but sign up now before it fills up! We look forward to seeing you in the Apprenticeship! – Joshua  

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Video: “Craft as a Committed Practice”

Many of you have offered personal anecdotes and insightful replies to the previous videos in which we discuss the ways people can learn woodworking these days. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. We’ve enjoyed discussing your comments. In this final video, Mike and I talk about the necessity of committing to a daily practice and the struggles to do this in our own lives. No one starts out with the ideal setup. Instead, we get started with make-do situations and discover what we actually need only once we’ve begun to develop the foundational skills. This past year, Mike and I have been discussing the importance of a structured, committed practice coupled with the guidance of a mentor. We’ve been developing...

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