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About fitz

Woodworker, writer, editor, teacher, ailurophile, Shakespearean. Will write for air-dried walnut.

Review of ‘Mechanic’s Companion’

J. Norman Reid (whom you might know as one of the names behind Shenandoah Tool Works)  wrote this nice review of “Mechanic’s Companion” for the December issue of Highland Hardware’s Wood News Online. Thanks Mr. Reid! And speaking of Highland … Continue reading

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Dovetail Fixes (If You Must)

I’m scheduled to teach myriad classes next year both at Lost Art Press and around the country ( at Port Townsend School of Woodworking, Highland Woodworking, Lie-Nielsen Toolworks – that one will be posted soon). Almost all of them involve … Continue reading

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True Confessions: I’m Grinding Averse

I always avoid grinding far longer than I should (unless I hit a nail or something else catastrophic to a cutting edge). But with a year’s worth of loaning tools out to students and hundreds of dovetails of my own … Continue reading

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Not Dead Yet!

It has been one year to the day since I got the biggest (thus far) shock of my life. And despite my terror at the time, I’m not dead yet (nor scooping ice cream for a living, as I did … Continue reading

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Get ‘Em Started Early

I can’t use my bench at Lost Art Press this weekend because we’ve a class going on. I came across the river with thoughts of getting started on the drawers for my built-in – I can mill stock and cut … Continue reading

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New: Rude Mechanicals Press T-Shirts

You can now order a Rude Mechanicals Press long-sleeved T-shirt from my online store. This cotton T-shirt is available in sizes from small to 5X ($22.50 for S-XL, $2 more for each size up from there, plus $4 shipping). They’re … Continue reading

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A Note from the Shipping Manager

In case you are considering a copy of “Mechanic’s Companion” for holiday gift giving: After a grueling computer session (sleeping on the  keyboard for several hours), the RMP shipping manager informs me that the recommended ordering deadline for Christmas delivery … Continue reading

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