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Yes, But What Else Can I Sharpen?

Over the past decade, my family has been gradually, gleefully destroying our yard.  Huge yards – or “lawns,” I guess, if you’re the kind of person who likes crumpets and cricket –make little sense for the high desert ecosystem in which we live. And as the American Southwest endures its worst drought in a millennium and long-lost human skeletons riddle up on the shores of Lake Mead as its water level recedes past the point of no return, it feels indefensibly wasteful to be gleefully dumping precious water on a huge expanse of Kentucky bluegrass whose sole purpose is…. being green and kind of tickly against your bare feet. (I am not, of course, the first guy to point out...

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Issue Thirteen Cover

This new cover features the step-by-step components of the manufacture of an 18th-century-style laminated firmer chisel. Author Kenneth Schwarz shipped us these samples from the Colonial Williamsburg shop where he works. The smiths use this set to show visitors how chisels are made by hand. It is truly jaw dropping to see how simple and elegant the process is. If the left-to-right (back cover running into front cover) sequence doesn’t make sense, wait until you read this article. It’s pretty astounding how easy he makes it look. The photography he sent us is super clear and absolutely gorgeous. Hang tight… after reading this article, you’ll find yourself typing “used anvil” into a Craigslist search.  To look at the whole Table...

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Vintage Photography, Sliding Dovetails, & an Auctioned Workbench

In this roundup of the Daily Dispatch, a table leg snaps off, a beautiful workbench gets some attention, and a funny old photograph receives some colorful commentary.   Things have been busy around here, as we’re into the crux of Issue Thirteen editing and design. Before we began announcing the Table of Contents on the blog, Joshua gave a first peek at Issue Thirteen on the Dispatch. This is the fun part. One of the articles in this issue features throwback, vintage-style photography with the look of those early 20th-century woodworking manuals. This kind of photography presents some interesting challenges.   A friend forwarded along a Skinner auction listing for a beautiful, centuries-old workbench featuring a number of brilliant design details. Lots...

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Issue 13 T.O.C. – Brendan Gaffney – “Root & Branch: Rediscovering the Uttermost Parts of a Tree”

This post is part of a blog series revealing the table of contents of upcoming Issue Thirteen. 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 Thirteen is open now. To get Issue Thirteen 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 Thirteen is coming your way soon! ___________________________________  Brendan Gaffney – “Root & Branch: Rediscovering the Uttermost Parts of a Tree”...

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Issue 13 T.O.C. – “From the Ashes: Examination of a Mid-19th-Century Worktable”

This post is part of a blog series revealing the table of contents of upcoming Issue Thirteen. 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 Thirteen is open now. To get Issue Thirteen 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 Thirteen is coming your way soon! ___________________________________  “From the Ashes: Examination of a Mid-19th-Century Worktable”  The number of surviving examples...

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Issue 13 T.O.C. – Steve Voigt – “Reconstructing the Varnish Maker’s Art: Traditional Finishes for the 21st Century”

This post is part of a blog series revealing the table of contents of upcoming Issue Thirteen. 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 Thirteen is open now. To get Issue Thirteen 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 Thirteen is coming your way soon! ___________________________________  Steve Voigt – “Reconstructing the Varnish Maker’s Art: Traditional Finishes for the 21st...

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Issue 13 T.O.C. – Kerry Lambertson – “The Fiddle’s Unfolding: Tracing a Folk Tradition”

This post is part of a blog series revealing the table of contents of upcoming Issue Thirteen. 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 Thirteen is open now. To get Issue Thirteen 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 Thirteen is coming your way soon! ___________________________________  Kerry Lambertson – “The Fiddle’s Unfolding: Tracing a Folk Tradition” When we think...

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Issue 13 T.O.C. – Joshua A. Klein – “Fruitful Efficiency: On the Cultivation of Skill”

This post is part of a blog series revealing the table of contents of upcoming Issue Thirteen. 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 Thirteen is open now. To get Issue Thirteen 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 Thirteen is coming your way soon! ___________________________________  Joshua A. Klein – “Fruitful Efficiency: On the Cultivation of Skill” Author Joshua...

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Issue 13 T.O.C. – Jim Tolpin – “Some Thoughts on the Artisan Process: Enjoying (If Not Making) a Living with Our Hands”

This post is part of a blog series revealing the table of contents of upcoming Issue Thirteen. 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 Thirteen is open now. To get Issue Thirteen 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 Thirteen is coming your way soon! ___________________________________    Jim Tolpin – “Some Thoughts on the Artisan Process: Enjoying (If Not...

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Issue 13 T.O.C. – “Engaging Work: Selections on Craftsmanship & the Modern World”

This post is part of a blog series revealing the table of contents of upcoming Issue Thirteen. 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 Thirteen is open now. To get Issue Thirteen 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 Thirteen is coming your way soon! ___________________________________  “Engaging Work: Selections on Craftsmanship & the Modern World” In ancient times, the...

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