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A Look Inside Issue Twelve

It’s been a wild ride working on the 1810 house project. We’ve been planning the rubble trench and granite block foundation, cleaning up and selling my double wide home (gone first week of June!), setting up the cottage for moving into (building railings for the loft, digging a water line, running wiring, etc). Anyway, there’s been a lot going on around here. But in the midst of it all, Issue Twelve arrived! Our printer, Cummings Printing, has done a top-notch job, as always. We moved to them a few issues ago and have been so impressed with their consistency and quality. And the page spreads in this one are fun to flip through because the photographs are so captivating. I...

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Podcast # 41 – Making Wooden Planes

  In this episode, Joshua and Mike discuss something they both feel strongly about – the primacy of wooden hand planes. In unpacking Joshua’s article in Issue Twelve (heading to mailboxes as we speak!) about making your own fore plane, they go over why wooden planes are just plain better than their metal-bodied counterparts, and how approachable the craft of planemaking can be. Most modern woodworkers view toolmaking as a craft dependent on NASA-level precision, but in his article, Joshua dispels that popular misperception. In this podcast episode, he and Mike talk through the pre-industrial process of planemaking, explaining that appropriate tolerances are determined more by the eye than rule.  SHOW NOTES  Issue Twelve  

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No Passive Aspects

“There are no passive aspects of hand-tool woodworking, no downtime as you absent-mindedly feed that board for another trip through the planer. Our bodies are integral to every motion, every operation. And this engaged work is actually beneficial for us: Much ink has been spilled declaring the positive effects of physical activity, especially as we age. There are myriad studies that universally proclaim the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle, and they can be summarized with the words use it or lose it. A habit of physical inactivity will eventually kill you, but before it does that, it will take away your ability to meaningfully engage in creative work.      If using our bodies and maintaining physical fitness is the ideal,...

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The Issue Twelve Cover

This cover design, based on the Spanish chairmaking which was written about by Masashi Kutsuwa, was the result of several experiments. First, we purchased an antique blade (an English beet knife, actually) that we modified with a second (perpendicular) handle to be a cuchilla, a Spanish push knife. Then I made a wooden stop fitted to my staked bench to brace the stock while shaving. We did some experimenting to get a feel for the skill and are delighted to find that it is quite effective. We knew this technique belonged on the cover. So, a hearty “thanks” goes to Masashi for making these ways of working known to the rest of the world.  We believe that the craft is...

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Issue 12 T.O.C. – Michael Updegraff – “Risk and Reward”

This post is part of a blog series revealing the table of contents of upcoming Issue Twelve. 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 Twelve is open now. To get Issue Twelve when it ships early April, 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 Twelve is coming your way soon! ___________________________________ Michael Updegraff – “Risk and Reward” Risk. It’s a concept we’re all...

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Issue 12 T.O.C. – Masashi Kutsuwa – “The Van Gogh Chair”

This post is part of a blog series revealing the table of contents of upcoming Issue Twelve. 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 Twelve is open now. To get Issue Twelve when it ships early April, 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 Twelve is coming your way soon! ___________________________________ Masashi Kutsuwa – “The Van Gogh Chair” Half a century ago in...

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Issue 12 T.O.C. – “The Courage of Curiosity: An Interview with Furniture Conservator Donald C. Williams”

This post is part of a blog series revealing the table of contents of upcoming Issue Twelve. 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 Twelve is open now. To get Issue Twelve when it ships early April, 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 Twelve is coming your way soon! ___________________________________ “The Courage of Curiosity: An Interview with Furniture Conservator Donald C. Williams”...

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Issue 12 T.O.C. – “Both Ends of the Spectrum: An Examination of Two Ladderback Chairs”

This post is part of a blog series revealing the table of contents of upcoming Issue Twelve. 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 Twelve is open now. To get Issue Twelve when it ships early April, 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 Twelve is coming your way soon! ___________________________________ “Both Ends of the Spectrum: An Examination of Two Ladderback Chairs” Charles...

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Issue 12 T.O.C. – Jordan Goodwin – “For the Love of History: A Journey into Practical Blacksmithing”

This post is part of a blog series revealing the table of contents of upcoming Issue Twelve. 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 Twelve is open now. To get Issue Twelve when it ships early April, 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 Twelve is coming your way soon! ___________________________________ Jordan Goodwin – “For the Love of History: A Journey into Practical...

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Issue 12 T.O.C. – Joshua A. Klein – “The Simple Art of Wooden Planemaking”

This post is part of a blog series revealing the table of contents of upcoming Issue Twelve. 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 Twelve is open now. To get Issue Twelve when it ships early April, 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 Twelve is coming your way soon! ___________________________________ Joshua A. Klein – “The Simple Art of Wooden Planemaking” Bench planes...

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