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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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Final Call For “Another Work is Possible” Bundle!

  Today is the last day to order the Another Work is Possible book-and-film bundle for the discounted rate of $63. Starting tomorrow, Saturday, Feb 1st, the only option to purchase these products will be as individual items at full price.   You can order them individually now at these links below: The book alone is $50. The film alone is $25   Mike and I wrapped up copy reading the book this afternoon, and it’s going out to the printer on Monday morning. We are so proud of everyone that helped put this book together, and know that if you are into what we publish in the magazine, this book will be right up your alley.  We thank you...

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The Design of “Another Work is Possible”

Earlier this year, graphic designer Adam Spitalny reached out offering to take me under his wing to teach me more about design. It was an easy sell because I had been waiting for just the right person connect with for this very thing. I knew I wanted to grow in these skills, but didn’t know where to begin. Adam and I began working together right away, with our sights set on to refining my workflow and layout strategy. He sensed that I had a clear vision for what I wanted, but saw where I could grow in ways that would enable me to better achieve my aim. With these lessons from Adam I’ve been learning more efficient ways to use...

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“Words Cannot Adequately Express”

  From the earliest stages of planning the Carpenters Without Borders project, I almost knew I’d be writing a book all about it. It was sure to be too unique a thing not to share with our readers. I wanted as many people to experience hand hewing, joining, and raising a frame as possible. But as I started planning the book, I knew words alone would never be able to capture the thud of the axes on the logs or the graceful movements of skilled hands at work. This is the kind of thing you need to see for yourself. So we started pondering what a film documentary would look like alongside the book, but we knew right away that...

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What Do You Mean By “Another Work is Possible”?

This has been an insanely busy season for me. This past September, soon after Charpentiers Sans Frontières (CSF) left our place after constructing our hand-hewn blacksmith shop, I hit the ground running to write and organize the book that captured all that was bursting inside my mind. I had been studying and reflecting on the value of manual craft work for a long while before the project, but when this team of carpenters arrived and set to work, I realized that I was witnessing one of the most powerful examples of it I’d ever seen. Watching 35 carpenters from all over the world hew freshly felled logs into timbers, then joining and raising them with nothing more than the strength of...

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Order “Another Work is Possible” Now!

The moment has finally come! Starting right now, we’re kicking off the “Another Work is Possible” book pre-order and film release as a bundled package at a discounted rate of $63. This offer will be good for two weeks – January 17th - 31st. After that these products will only be sold separately for full price: the book is $50 and the film is $25. Get your popcorn buttered and your pastis poured… the film is now available for immediate streaming and download. The book will be shipping out near the end of March. You can now order your copy of the book and film here. Enjoy, my friends!  – Joshua  

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News about Ordering “Another Work is Possible”

For those of you that have been asking for details about ordering this book and film, this announcement is for you: We’re going to be kicking off the first two weeks of the Another Work is Possible book pre-order and film release as a bundled package for a discounted rate of $63.00. This offer will be good for two weeks – January 17th-31st. After that time, these products will only be sold separately for their full price: the book is $50 and the film is $25.  When can you order? Well, because we miss those crazy midnight releases we used to do, we’ve decided to open orders at 12:00 a.m. Eastern time zone on January 17th. This means that you...

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Podcast 15 – Workshop, Timber Frame, and Issue Seven

This podcast episode (listen above) is all about filling you in on our incredibly intense summer. Between the workshop with our six students, Issue Seven shipping out, and our hand-tool-only timber frame blacksmith shop, we’ve been out straight busy. Also, in this episode, meet Grace, our new team member. You’ll hear our enthusiasm for the whirlwind of events that happened as well as the new projects we’re working to wrap up now! A new book, a documentary film, and another apprenticeship video all on the horizon!  

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Silence at the Job Site

It has been two days since our 35 dear new friends left, and I can still hardly believe it happened. If it wasn’t for the standing frame and the scattered hewing stations with their empty bunks and mounds of woodchips, I’d be tempted to believe this was all a dream. But as I’ve thought about it further, I’ve realized that this was a dream – it was exactly the kind of convivial hand-tool project that I’ve longed to host. Over the years, I’ve had different ideas of ways to bring people into our space to work together on something beautiful. I see our workshops as part of that vision, but I’ve known there was something even bigger out there – I...

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Come Visit Carpenters Without Borders in Sedgwick, Maine

Between Friday, August 23rd to Saturday, August 31st, a team of 35 professional timber framers from France, England, Slovenia, Estonia, and the US who specialize in historic hand-tool methods will be constructing a 16’ x 26’ timber frame outbuilding/blacksmith shop adjacent to the Mortise & Tenon Magazine woodshop in Sedgwick, Maine. This team, Charpentiers sans Frontiers (Carpenters Without Borders), is led by François Calame, ethnologist in the Ministry of Culture in Normandy. Usually they are restoring medieval masterpieces like Château d'Harcourt, Château de Gaillon, or a 1491 barn in Alcou. CSF does at least one of these events per year and M&T is grateful to be chosen for their 2019 project. François and his crew are supportive of the efforts of M&T to promote human-powered, pre-industrial craftsmanship...

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