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Issue 10 T.O.C. – Joshua A. Klein – “Ready Hands”

The lessons we learn in life should not end with us – we ought to always seek to pass wisdom on to the next generation. In Issue Ten, author Joshua Klein aims to do just that, in penning a letter to his three sons. He begins, innocuously enough, in describing a simple firewood box he intends to build for the living room. But Klein realizes, and wants his boys to realize as well, that the act of making by hand is a deeply integrated practice.    The process of building a box with simple nailed rabbet joinery might be allowed to slip by as an unexceptional undertaking, having been repeated millions of times over the centuries throughout many cultural traditions....

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Issue 10 T.O.C. – Al Breed - Book Recommendation

We’re big on books. We love to learn of obscure titles long out of print that contain information or images that cannot be found anywhere else. The quest for this kind of knowledge can lead down many rabbit trails – but where to begin? What volumes should a furniture maker track down to begin a woodworking reference library?Cabinetmaker, carver, and chairmaker Al Breed has forgotten more than most will ever know about pre-industrial furniture. He is a veritable walking reference, and he is generous in sharing that knowledge with others. For our book recommendation in Issue Ten, Breed has offered to do something a little different: He recommends a solid stack of books for the woodworker to start with in...

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Issue 10 T.O.C. – Jeff Miller - “An Exercise in Precision & Randomness”

David Pye pondered deeply about craft. His thoughts, encapsulated in his most well-known book, The Nature and Art of Workmanship, have reverberated for decades within the maker community. But Pye didn’t just work out his philosophy in pen and ink – he chose to live it as well, in the way he worked in his shop.  In Issue Ten, author and furniture maker Jeff Miller takes us alongside his version of the “fluting engine,” an ingenious device Pye designed for carving bowls.

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Issue 10 T.O.C. – Will Wheeler – “An Unexpected Gift”

What does a modern apprenticeship look like? How has that ancient model of immersive learning changed as our society pushes forward into the 21st century? And what are the lessons that a master can teach in today’s specialized world?  Author and spoon carver Will Wheeler explores these questions through his own experience in the Maine Craft Apprentice Program, in which he gained experience in a period of seven months under the watchful tutelage of Kenneth Kortemeier of the Maine Coast Craft School. Together, they worked through the process of creating a pair of ladderback chairs, starting from green logs.

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Issue Ten Table of Contents Released Monday

I’m in the thick of designing Issue Ten right now. I’m a few articles in and already find myself wonderfully lost in fine-tuning and finessing. There’s always a pile of bookmarked inspiration material laid out on the table, and edits and re-edits of photos stack up in my folders as I play with different presentations. It is a delightfully creative process that I’m consumed by every time.  But that’s not what this post is about. I thought I’d give you a heads up that starting Monday, we will begin sharing the Issue Ten Table of Contents here on the blog. We’ll announce one article per weekday, sharing a few photos and a description of what you’ll be seeing in print....

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