Author Archives: fitz

About fitz

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

Half-baked House Projects

I am woefully behind in posting about house renovation progress – probably because it takes me forever to finish things and take a “beauty shot.” My problem is that once a project is functional, I let it function…instead of first … Continue reading

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Down here, where we’re at

First, my fervent thanks to everyone who has helped me to keep the lights on by buying copies of “Mechanic’s Companion.” I appreciate your support with my micro publishing company more than I can express. When I precipitously left Popular … Continue reading

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Production Turning: It Ain’t Me, Babe

Update: I’ve found a Production Turner in Maine that I can almost afford, so…I sent a check. Thanks for all the suggestions/offers. I’ve come to the sad realization that I will never find time to turn the 54 spindles I … Continue reading

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SOLD: Fancy Anarchist’s Tool Chest

Update: this one has sold. (But if you’re interested in one, I do commission work.) For sale: With my extra time during the lockdown, I was able to complete this hand dovetailed sugar pine Anarchist’s Tool Chest. Its exterior dimensions … Continue reading

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June ‘Chronicle’ – Sneak Preview

The new issue of “The Chronicle,” the quarterly journal for members of the Early American Industries Association is at the printer now. I’ll be asking for the updated mailing list to be sent early next week…so join now if you’re … Continue reading

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Let’s Go Dutch

Waiting for a book to print on the laser writer at the shop is boring, so Chris and I were talking to pass the time as we awaited the pages of Nancy Hiller’s “Kitchen Think”; it’s off to Kara Gebhart … Continue reading

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Help Me Solve a Remuddling Mystery

Two months ago or so, as the first step in renovating my kitchen, I started tearing out a first-floor bathroom that was in what was almost certainly a butler’s pantry – and will become so again. But this seems like … Continue reading

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Big-A** Medicine Cabinet

A woodworking friend asked about the specs of the cherry medicine cabinet/open shelving I recently made for my bathroom, so I sat down at my computer to send her the SketchUp model. But I cannot find it (did I even … Continue reading

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Support WOO & the WOO Pit Crew

Kelly Harris, Claire Minihan and Aspen Golann are donating their time and expertise to help A Workshop of Our Own – a Baltimore non-profit educational woodshop for women and gender non-conforming craftspeople – with some much-needed space upgrades and equipment … Continue reading

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‘The Carpenter Bench’

I got an email recently asking about the image atop my Facebook page (and above), a young girl planing at a workbench. It’s from a 1918 booklet, “A Catalogue of Play Equipment,” by Jean Lee Hunt; it was published by … Continue reading

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