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The Issue Five Packing Party

The past few days, Mike and I have seen on social media that M&T Issue Five has begun arriving at customers’ mailboxes. It is always rewarding to see our readers excited to get the new issue and dive in right away. As many of you know, the fancy brown wrapping and trade card with wax seal is the effort of many enthusiastic readers and friends. Without the 20 or so people that block out their weekend to help, it would probably take Mike and me two weeks of work to wrap the thousands of copies that need to go out. This work party tradition came about from a vision to take something necessary and potentially uninspiring (wrapping and shipping magazines) and...

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Last Call for Issue Five Pre-orders!

If you are looking to pre-order Issue Five (with wrapping, trade card, and free shipping), today (Tuesday 18th) is your last opportunity. Starting Wednesday, Issue Five will be sold without the wrapping and free shipping. To get your order in on time, there are two ways to do it:  1. Subscribe for a year (2 issues) 2. Order Issue Five individually  We will begin shipping Issue Five this weekend and expect that you will see your copy in your mailbox during the first week of October. - Joshua  

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One Week Until Pre-orders Close

  If you are looking to pre-order Issue Five (with wrapping, trade card, and free shipping), you only have through next Tuesday to do it. After September 18th, Issue Five will be sold without the wrapping and free shipping. To get your order in on time, there are two ways to do it:  1. Subscribe for a year (2 issues) 2. Order Issue Five individually  This issue’s got a fascinating combination of traditional coopering, Norse Sea Chest construction, Chester Cornett, Japanese woodworking, Eric Sloane, and more. Check out the full table of contents here. We are so excited about this new issue and can’t wait to get it into your hands! The packing party to ship this issue out will be...

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Issue Five Packing Party - Sign Up Now!

  As of this afternoon, Issue Five has been sent off to the printer. That, of course, means that the next Packing Party is right around the corner! For those of you who haven’t heard, with each new issue of the magazine, comes the fine, established tradition of the Mortise & Tenon Packing Party! We have folks travel from all over to come to our new workshop in Sedgwick, Maine to help wrap each new issue in brown paper, affix a special trade card with wax seal, and place it in a mailer with a handful of pine plane shavings. Everyone shares good food (wood-fired pizza, home-baked goodies, and more), locally-roasted coffee, excellent conversation, and an overall fantastic time. We...

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Issue Five Available for Pre-Order!

We are excited to announce Issue Five is now available for pre-order in our store! If you don’t already have a subscription, you can sign up here. or If you want to pre-order only this issue, you can do so here. This pre-order window will close after Tuesday, September 18th. After that date, the shipping charge will be applied and there will be no brown paper and wax-sealed wrapping.  

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Issue Five: A Journey into Japanese Woodworking by Kim Choy

Note: Pre-orders for Issue Five open tomorrow morning! First thing in the morning (eastern time), we will be releasing the brand new cover art and begin taking orders. As always, all pre-orders and subscriptions will get the special brown paper wrapping and wax-sealed trade card with the new issue. Scheduled delivery of this issue is late September. If you haven’t yet signed up for a yearly subscription (offering free shipping and a discounted cover price), you can do so here right now. See you in the morning! We are so excited to be launching our fifth issue! 10,000 Hours: A Journey into Japanese Woodworking by Kim Choy Every woodworking journey begins with a step. But setting out in pursuit of 10,000 hours...

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Issue Five: Woodworking in Classic Literature by Megan Fitzpatrick

Tradespeople have been admired, depicted in paintings, remembered in song, and hilariously lampooned in popular writing for centuries. Every village had a joiner, a carpenter, various wrights, smiths, and weavers, and English literature from the past half-millennium is rife with references to these workers and their trades - some glowing in admiration, some tellingly unflattering. In M&T Issue Five, author Megan Fitzpatrick invites us to dust off our library and explore some of the unique contributions that the woodworking trades have made to classic compositions. 

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Issue Five: Tools for Learning - Woodworking with Young Kids

The passing of hand skills from one generation to the next has been a basic part of humanity from time immemorial. Parents teaching children, masters guiding apprentices to make the necessities of life and to grow in both proficiency and the understanding of materials and forms. Children are hard-wired to create, and the task of guiding kids in their creative explorations has always fallen on us: mentors, teachers, and parents. 

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Issue Five: Examination of an 18th-century Tea Table

In Issue Five, we will be featuring a photo essay examination of an 18th-century mahogany tea table that I purchased at an auction a while back. This examination is unique from our others in that the photos depict the sliding dovetail joint disassembled during conservation treatment. This is a rare opportunity to look at the minutia of how this joint was cut and fit – there are undercut and overcuts that tell a lot about how this craftsman was working.

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