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Roman Workbench Build-Along

  Inspired by Chris Schwarz’s article in Issue Two “Decoding the Roman Workbench”, Mike and I have decided to build our own Roman (i.e. staked) benches. I’ve been doubly curious about this form because Jonathan Fisher’s bench of this type survives in his house (now a museum) and I’ve really wanted to get some time working at one before finishing off my book on him this winter. The week of February 20th, Mike and I will each be building a bench. I will be basing mine largely on Fisher’s bench, which is a 12.5” wide by 7’ long rough-sawn board with four riven and hatcheted legs. His is a little less than 2” thick but the plank I have set...

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Collecting M&T Trade Cards

It has been a delight to see social media filled with snapshots of readers’ wrapped copies of M&T Issue Two. Although I thought this extra effort would be appreciated by at least a few of our readers, I didn’t expect to see this much enthusiasm for the wrapping alone. The trade cards attached to the wrapping are based off of 18th and 19th century cards tradesmen used for advertising to their communities. They usually featured drawings of furniture or tools and had verbose descriptions of the superiority of their wares or services. The text we use on our M&T cards is pulled straight out of these advertisements and cards. We’ve borrowed their sentences and applied them to our publication (complete with...

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Issue Two Packing Party: Without a Hitch!

   This past Friday and Saturday, Mike and I had the big Issue Two packing party. We are still so stunned at how incredible it turned out. Readers came up to help from all around Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, and even Maryland. We had just shy of 20 people wrapping a few thousand copies in brown paper and string and attach the wax-sealed tradecards. Every copy was shipped in a rigid mailer with a few pine shavings for an extra touch.  Check out the full video for the event above! I would definitely say it was a success. All the pre-orders are in the mail and we have a pile ready for future fulfillment. Everyone worked so hard and really seemed...

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What Should You Expect to See From Us in 2017?

  As we’re only days away from the packing party to ship out Issue Two, I can’t help but reflect on the year (11 months actually) since Issue One was released. 2016 has been a wild ride for me. Before M&T launched, I spent my work week alone in my studio regluing chairs and refinishing dining tables. I ran a little blog documenting some of it but, for the most part, I was pretty much in my own little world. This leap-in-the-dark magazine idea was simply the culmination of my many thoughts and observations working on period furniture. I never knew if it would resonate with anyone else. Mortise & Tenon has completely flipped my life upside down. The interest...

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VIDEO: Interview With Chris Schwarz About Decoding the Roman Workbench

    In this video, we talked with Chris Schwarz about the fascinating article he has written a  titled “Decoding the Roman Workbench” for Issue Two. His article, which looks at the practical usage of the bench, has been informed by meticulous research in ancient texts, surviving European artifacts, and in-the-shop exploration. As it turns out, this experimental archaeology approach has yielded some compelling discoveries about pre-industrial woodworking. You can order your copy of Issue Two here.  

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VIDEO: Issue Two Has Arrived!

We just got done loading Issue Two off the delivery truck and into storage! They will be heading out from our packing party on January 6th and 7th! Coming soon to a mailbox near you! Order your copy here!  

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VIDEO: Issue Two Sneak Peek!

  We just got a small box of Issue Two copies shipped to us from our printer! This new video on our YouTube channel is the first look into this new issue of our traditional hand-tool woodworking magazine! We are so excited about how it turned out... It’s even better than we could have hoped for! We can confidently say that if you enjoyed Issue One, you will love Issue Two. The freight delivery is in route now! We should be seeing those boxes soon!  

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“Please Draw Godzilla on the Box”

I guess I have a weird sense of humor but about a year ago I was delighted to hear of someone filling in the “Special Notes” sections of online order forms with off-the-wall requests for drawings on the box. The one that made me chuckle the most was “Please draw Godzilla on the box.” Making that kind of peculiar request to everything from pizza places to Etsy stores was just the kind of unusual habit I like to pick up. Over the past year or so I’ve been filling the comment box with precisely this request. I was curious to see which of my suppliers would indulge such inanity.  Turns out seminary bookstores don’t. Nor does Amazon.com. Neither do conservation...

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Come Party With Us!

Issue Two of Mortise & Tenon Magazine is on the presses as we speak! As you may have picked up by now, we don’t like to do anything half-hearted. Every individual magazine we ship out is wrapped in kraft paper and string with a wax-sealed 18th-century-inspired tradecard adhered to it. Last year, we had a crew of nine of us working for three days to get them all out the door. We set up long tables in my living room, turned on the music, and mused together about handcraft, the local food movement, cottage industry businesses, homesteading, etc. while we wrapped the magazines. It was the highlight of our year, deepening our friendships forever. This year, we’re doing it again....

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