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M&T Podcast #10 - “Barriers to Woodworking”

  Our newest podcast episode titled “Barriers to Woodworking” is now live and can be listened to above. In this episode, Mike and Joshua talk with content editor, Jim McConnell, about common barriers to hand-tool woodworking. We discuss things like accessibility to tools (new and old), workable workshop space, decent lumber, wading through the sea of woodworking knowledge available, and scarcity of time to get any time in the shop. This was a rich conversation. Let us know what you think. What barriers have you come up against in your journey into hand-tool woodworking? Items Mentioned in this Episode: Brendan Gaffney’s Lumberyard Map The Tool Barn  

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Podcast 09 – “Perfection in Woodworking” with Jim McConnell

  During Jim’s visit a few weeks ago, we recorded this new episode (listen above) in which we further explore the topic of Jim’s article from Issue Three: “On Perfection: Both Practical & Practiced”. Jim talks about how this topic developed in his own life and what happened when he enlisted others to contribute their own answers to a series on his blog. Jim was surprised to find different perspectives on perfection in woodworking which eventually inspired his M&T article. In this podcast, we dive a little deeper into this topic of perfection in woodworking.   Items Mentioned in the Podcast:  Issue Three featuring Jim’s article “On Perfection: Both Practical & Practiced”  Jim McConnell’s “Perfection” blog series  

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Podcast 08 – A New (Old) Way of Working Wood

  This new episode of our podcast (listen above) was recorded after two weeks of traveling to meet inspiring craftspeople of many different specialties. Mike and I share some of what we learned on our trips and discuss how learning hand skills is essential to surviving in a hyper-consumerist culture. Joshua also discusses his recent explorations into a pragmatic approach to wooden planemaking. Items Mentioned in the Podcast: Packing party blog post My recent Port Townsend workshop Steve Voigt's PW Planemaking Article Photo of textured flooring Colonial Williamsburg Issue Three Will Lisak Our “Apprenticeship: Tables” video Issue Four Thomas Thwaites “How I Built a Toaster – From Scratch”

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Why Make Things with Your Hands featuring Ben Strano - M&T Podcast 05

  This episode of our podcast is the first to feature a guest. Since our friend, Ben Strano of Fine Woodworking, was up in our neck of the woods this week, we invited him to join us in a discussion about the importance of hand skills and making things with personal meaning. And because Ben is not only a passionate woodworker, but he is a tech-nut, we also discussed how both print and digital media support those two vital things for this next generation of woodworkers. Ben describes his work behind the scenes at Fine Woodworking and tells us about what it’s like working with the woodworkers he looks up to most. Notable Links from this Podcast:   Ben Strano’s...

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M&T Podcast 04 – Sourcing Lumber

  We’ve just uploaded Episode 4 of our podcast which is centered around sourcing lumber for furniture making. In reality, Mike and I both source our wood from all sorts of places. We harvest our own from the woods, use a lot of salvaged material, and also order from lumberyards. In our discussion, we go over the best way to store lumber for air drying (it’s simpler than you think). You can listen to the whole episode above.   Links for this Episode: Our Apprenticeship: “Tables” Video Wim Hof – The “Ice Man” Rusted Pulchritude – Deirdre & Aaron Brendan Gaffney's "Local Lumberyard Map"   Questions about this episode? We welcome your comments about how you source and store lumber...  ...

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Podcast Episode 03 - Beginning Your Hand-tool Journey

Podcast episode 3 is now up and can be listened to above. This time, Mike and I tackled one of the most common discussions we have with readers: how to get started on the hand-tool route. What change of mindset is needed to make the switch from power tools to hand tools? Should we be cutting practice joints? What are the biggest hurdles we encounter on this journey? We hope this episode is an encouragement to you to get into the shop to work with your hands. Have further questions? Leave us a comment and we’d love to help. Thanks for listening! Notable Links in this Episode: Our new Apprenticeship: Tables video Shop Class as Soulcraft by: Matthew B. Crawford ...

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Tradition and Innovation: M&T Podcast Episode 02

  Our new podcast episode is up and can be listened to above. In this episode, Mike and I discuss the relationship between tradition and innovation in our woodworking culture. This topic is near to our hearts and something we talk about often. Based on our interactions with readers about this over the past few years, this conversation touches on defining “tradition” and “innovation”, the advantages to one over the other, and how our individual and personal motivations for woodworking inform the way that balance plays out in our lives. Theme Music by: Austin V. Papp and Jesse Thompson  You can subscribe to our Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or Soundcloud.   Notable links from this podcast: The new “Kill Your...

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The Mortise & Tenon Podcast: Episode 01

Mike and I have resisted for a while now (too many commitments already) but finally feel able to commit to periodic podcasting. You can listen to the first episode above and look for future installments here on the blog or at our SoundCloud page. Feel free to offer your feedback below. We’d love to hear your thoughts. In this episode, we talk about the shipping out of our new Issue (#3) as well as the new book in our store: Zachary Dillinger’s With Saw, Plane & Chisel as well as two new stickers (one of which is soon to be revealed). We then discuss the progress on our new timber frame workshop. Links mentioned: http://www.theenglishwoodworker.com/plane-build-video/ https://www.instagram.com/blackthunderstudio/ Books mentioned: “Country Furniture”...

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