A Couple of Updates

Hi Folks,

Just a couple of quick updates. First- all of the tools that were sold on Monday are either already en route to their new owners or waiting to be brought to the post office tomorrow- lots of boxes of tools headed all over the world. I’m doing my best to single-handedly keep the USPS in business!

A number of you asked if I was headed to HandWorks this coming weekend. Unfortunately I won’t be there. I’d love to go but, as I mentioned in my last update, I have an anniversary and my son’s birthday this weekend. I love tools and woodworking, but I’m not going to miss those for the world.

For anyone planning to go to HandWorks: if you are in the market for a complete, ready-to-use spring pole lathe, let me know. A customer in Cedar Rapids, just about 20 miles from Amana, is selling one he made. If you might be interested drop me a line and I’ll put you in touch with him.

I often wonder if anyone reads the bits of my personal life I put in the blog updates. I include that stuff to make sure you know I get out of the tool warehouse (aka my basement) once in a while and breathe some fresh air. Last time I mentioned a fishing trip which elicited quite a few responses from readers. Until a few weeks ago I hadn’t fished in probably close to 20 years. Then the other day all of the sudden, out of the blue,my daugher asked me to take her fishing. What dad could pass up that invitation? I bought her a pole, taught her to cast, and sure enough she caught a really decent fat sunny her first time out, all by herself. I’m just slightly proud ūüôā

Thanks for reading. More tools coming on the first Monday in June.

Josh

Hi Folks,

Just a couple of quick updates. First- all of the tools that were sold on Monday are either already en route to their new owners or waiting to be brought to the post office tomorrow- lots of boxes of tools headed all over the world. ¬†I’m doing my best to single-handedly keep the USPS in business!

A number of you asked if I was headed to HandWorks this coming weekend. Unfortunately I won’t be there. I’d love to go but, as I mentioned in my last update, I have an anniversary and my son’s birthday this weekend. I love tools and woodworking, but I’m not going to miss those for the world.

For anyone planning to go to HandWorks: if you are in the market for a complete, ready-to-use spring pole lathe, let me know. A customer in Cedar Rapids, just about 20 miles from Amana, is selling one he made. If you might be interested drop me a line and I’ll put you in touch¬†with¬†him.

Pole Lathe For Sale

I often wonder if anyone reads the bits of my personal life I put in the blog updates. I include that stuff to make sure you know I get out of the tool warehouse (aka my basement) once in a while and breathe some fresh air. Last time I mentioned a fishing trip which¬†elicited¬†quite a few responses from readers. Until a few weeks ago I hadn’t fished in probably close to 20 years. Then the other day all of the sudden, out of the blue,my daugher asked me to take her fishing. What dad could pass up that invitation? I bought her a pole, taught her to cast, and sure enough she caught a really decent fat sunny her first time out, all by herself. I’m just slightly proud ūüôā

First Fish
First Fish

Thanks for reading. More tools coming on the first Monday in June.

Josh

A Quick Update

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the lack of an update in a while. I had planned to put some new tools up for sale last week, then today, but things came up which prevented me from doing so. Since the first of the year it seems like we have consistently had at least one of our three kids down and out of school with some sort of illness. Today for the first time in weeks all of three were almost healthy and back in school but Mother Nature intervened with an ice storm that forced schools to dismiss early. Drat. So, I’m sitting on a pile of tools ready to sell. I just need the variables to line up properly. I have an update planned for next Monday, Feb 3.

I did have a couple of hours free this morning before the kids came home from school. I spent some time in the shop restoring, tuning, and testing a few plow planes while it snowed big fat snowflakes.

Testing some plow planes while it snows outside. Shown above: A handled beech and boxwood screw-arm plow by Auburn

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading.

Josh

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the lack of an update in a while. I had planned to put some new tools up for sale last week, then today, but things came up which prevented me from doing so. Since the first of the year it seems like we have consistently had at least one of our three kids down and out of school with some sort of illness. Today for the first time in weeks all of three were almost healthy and back in school but Mother Nature intervened with an ice storm that forced schools to dismiss early. Drat. So, I’m sitting on a pile of tools ready to sell. I just need the variables to align properly. For now I have an update planned for next Monday, Feb 4.

I did have a couple of hours free this morning before the kids came home from school. I spent some time in the shop restoring, tuning, and testing a few plow planes while it snowed big fat snowflakes.

Testing some plow planes while it snows outside. Shown above: A handled beech and boxwood screw-arm plow by Auburn

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading.

Josh

Halloween and Hurricanes

Hello everyone,

Here in Connecticut we’re supposed to get hit pretty hard by hurricane Sandy. The coast is at the greatest risk from the predicted huge storm surge. Thankfully we’re 500 ft. above sea level up here in the hills so we shouldn’t have any flooding. I am worried about something falling on the house, but there’s nothing I can do about that. We have the generator ready and plenty of food put up. Let’s hope for the best.

I’m going to postpone the tool sale I had planned for tomorrow. I’ll have a house full of kids and a possible interruption of power and/or Internet access so it’s best to push it off a week to November 5. This will give me another week to put together even more good tools which should make this an enormous list of tools for sale. Lots of fun stuff coming up- I promise.

Hello everyone,

Here in¬†Connecticut¬†we’re supposed to get hit¬†pretty¬†hard by hurricane Sandy. The coast is at the greatest risk from¬†the¬†predicted huge storm surge. Thankfully we’re 500 ft. above sea level up here in the hills so we shouldn’t have any flooding. I am worried about something falling on the house, but there’s nothing I can do about that. We have the generator ready and plenty of food put up. Let’s hope for the best.

I’m going to postpone the tool sale I had planned for tomorrow. I’ll have a house full of kids and a possible interruption of power and/or Internet access so it’s best to push it off a week to November 5. This will give me another week to put together even more good tools which should make this an enormous list of tools for sale. Lots of fun stuff coming up- I promise.

We spent some time today carving pumpkins for Halloween. The kids are all excited about our town’s Trick-or-Trunk event at the school on Halloween. We live in the middle of nowhere so door-to-door trick or treating isn’t practical. Instead, everyone gathers at the high school and decorates their trunks/trucks and passes out candy. My daughter has been working hard on our display this year- she picked a Plants vs. Zombies theme. Hopefully the hurricane won’t wash out Halloween again like it did last year. Here are some photos of the pumpkin carving. As you can see, old tools were utilized. I have a Harvey Peace keyhole saw that I’ve modified just for this purpose and it works great. A center bit in a brace is a good way to cut a pilot hole for the saw, and plus it makes fun curly pumpkin¬†shavings¬†that the kids love.

Boring a pilot hole with my 4in brace and center bit.
Removing the top with my specialized pumpkin-cutting keyhole saw- my son's favorite part.
Curly pimpkin shavings curtesy of a razor sharp center bit.

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading!

Josh

A Few Updates

Hello Folks,

Just a couple of updates..

First, for anyone in southern New England, there is a Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event October 19 and 20 at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. I was invited to attend as a vendor again this year. Last year the event was a lot of fun, enven though the Saturday was cut short by an epic early fall snow storm. This year I will be bringing a load of good tools to sell as well as a number of tools from my shop to demonstrate. There will be several other vendors setup including Lie-Neilsen, Matt Bickford, Matt Cianci,Tico Voigt, and others. Craftsman and writer Freddy Roman will be there as well- hopefully with some of his Federal furniture on display. Stop by and say hi if you can.

Second…

Hello Folks,

Just a couple of updates..

First, for anyone in southern New England, there is a Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event October 19 and 20 at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. I was invited to attend as a vendor again this year. Last year the event was a lot of fun, enven though the Saturday was cut short by an epic early fall snow storm. This year I will be bringing a load of quality old tools to sell as well as a number of tools from my shop to demonstrate. There will be several other vendors setup including Lie-Neilsen, Matt Bickford, Matt Cianci,Tico Voigt, and others. Craftsman and writer Freddy Roman will be there as well- hopefully with some of his Federal furniture  on display. Stop by and say hi if you can.

Next.. I received a follow-up to my July post about molding planes from the shop of Gene Landon. Tom Meiller wrote to provide some additional information and point out that he has written a book about Gene and his furniture. Is is available here. I’m¬†embarrassed¬†to admit that I misspelled Gene’s last name in my first post- it is Landon, not Langdon. I’m so used to typing “Langdon” as in “I’m sorry, I don’t have any Langdon mitre boxes available at the moment” that muscle memory took over, thus the typo. Sorry!

Finally, ¬†I’m happy to say that all of the tools that were sold on Monday have been shipped and are on their way. There was a mix-up with the USPS Carrier Pickup system that resulted in a missed pickup on Tuesday so everything shipped today. My faithful USPS letter carrier says “thanks” for all the business, despite the pouring rain today. Most everyone in the US should have their packages by the end of the week.

Everything packed and ready to be picked up by the USPS

Thanks for reading.

Josh

Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event Recap

Two weeks ago I attended the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event in Manchester, CT. I mentioned this on my blog and invited you to stop by and say hi. A number of you asked for a report so here it goes, complete with pictures.

Two weeks ago I attended the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event in Manchester, CT. I mentioned this on my blog and invited you to stop by and say hi. A number of you asked for a report so here it goes, complete with pictures.

The two day event was a huge success for me. I went there with high hopes but almost no expectations.  My idea was to setup a few tables of tools for sale and set out some tools from my own shop to demonstrate. Having never setup at an event like this my goals were simply to meet a few of my customers I had previously only communicated with by email, and perform a few demonstrations without making a fool of myself. Along the way I hoped to sell some tools as well.

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A Visit From the Sawyer

I had a visit from a local sawyer on Monday to help cut some logs. I snapped some photos along the way and wrote up a quick story.

More tools coming later this week!

Thanks for reading,

-Josh

Hello everyone!

The freak October snow storm hit us especially hard here in Connecticut. The snow fell fast and piled up to more than a foot at our house. It was a wet, heavy snow that stuck to everything. Most of the trees still had their leaves  which resulted in lots of snow build-up. The heavy limbs broke and took entire trees down. The damage was incredible- dar worse than the hurricane that hit less than two months ago. We lost power and utilities for five days. There are still several tens of thousands without power in the towns north of us. Overall we fared very well. We lost several trees but sustained no damage to our home. After the hurricane, which left us without power or water for seven days, we invested in a good inverter/generator so this time we had water, lights, and some basics. Our wood stove, as always, kept the house warm. Again, we were very lucky.

Yesterday I had a visit from a local sawyer I found. Back in August we had some tree work done on our property to remove some of the more hazardous trees that were too close to the house for me to cut myself. I’m good with a chainsaw but I won’t cut any decent size trees within a tree length of the house. We were left with close to five cords of firewood on the ground and six decent logs that I wanted to have sawn.

Logs
Logs Waiting to be Sawn

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Come Meet Me Next Week in Manchester, CT

Hi Folks,

I’m excited to announce that I’m going to participate in the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool event this coming Friday and Saturday, October 28th and 29th, at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking in Manchester, CT. If you haven’t been to one of these events before, they are a great way to check out Lie-Nielsen’s complete lineup of hand tools and to see hands-on demonstrations and meet local tool makers and woodworkers.

After attending the last hand tool event in Manchester earlier this year, I spoke to Deneb at Lie-Nielsen about participating as a vendor in this upcoming show. I offered to setup to sell tools, offering my usual assortment of usable old tools, and to do some hand tool demonstrations. He said they’d like to have me there and invited me to attend both days. Woo! I’m very excited about this opportunity. I’ve never setup to either sell or “perform” at an event like this. It should be a lot of fun. We’ll have at least one workbench available and I’ll bring some saw benches. I’m planning to bring along some tools form my user kit to demonstrate- molding planes, plows, saws, boring tools, and other fun stuff. I’ll also show some of the methods I use to tune and restore these tools. I’ll probably break out some of the more interesting tools from my collection to exhibit as well.

I’m also excited to say that my friend Matt Cianci, noted saw geek and owner of thesawblog.com, will be attending as well and sharing a space with me. Matt is going to bring along some of his super-tuned saws and will will be demonstrating and talking about saw sharpening. Matt Bickford of M.S. Bickford Hand Planes will also be there showing off some of his superb molding planes and the moldings he makes with hollows and rounds.

So, sell the house, sell the car, sell the kids.. do whatever you need to do to get to Manchester, CT next week. It’s going to be a good time.

Thanks for reading,

-Josh

Hi Folks,

I’m excited to announce that I’m going to participate in the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool event this coming Friday and Saturday, October 28th and 29th, at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking in Manchester, CT. If you haven’t been to one of these events before, they are a great way to check out Lie-Nielsen’s complete lineup of ¬†hand tools and to see hands-on demonstrations and meet local tool makers and woodworkers.

After attending the last hand tool event in Manchester earlier this year, I spoke to Deneb at Lie-Nielsen about participating as a vendor in this upcoming show. I offered to setup to sell tools, offering my usual assortment of usable old tools, and to do some hand tool demonstrations. He said they’d like to have me there and invited me to attend both days. Woo! I’m very excited about this opportunity. I’ve never setup to either sell or “perform” at an event like this. It should be a lot of fun. We’ll have at least one workbench available and I’ll bring some saw benches. ¬†I’m planning to bring along some tools form my user kit to demonstrate- molding planes, plows, saws, boring tools, and other fun stuff. I’ll also show some of the methods I use to tune and restore these tools. I’ll probably ¬†break out some of the more interesting tools from my collection to exhibit as well.

I’m also excited to say that my friend Matt Cianci, noted saw geek and owner of thesawblog.com, will be attending as well and sharing a space with me. Matt is going to bring along some of his super-tuned saws and will will be demonstrating and talking about saw sharpening. Matt Bickford of M.S. Bickford Hand Planes will also be there showing off some of his superb molding planes and the moldings he makes with hollows and rounds.

So, sell the house, sell the car, sell the kids.. do whatever you need to do to get to Manchester, CT next week. It’s going to be a good time.

Thanks for reading,

-Josh

I’ve Been “Schwarz’d” !!

This morning Chris Schwarz was kind enough to mention my web site on his blog. Chris warned me ahead of time so I had some time to prepare, but I wasn’t expecting this level of response! I left the house this morning, right after Chris published his entry, headed to my daughter’s Pre-K “Thanksgiving Feast” at school. I returned, full of good food and with one tired kid, to find more than 50 email messages waiting for me. I’m just responding to them now, processing them in the order they were received. If you haven’t heard from me yet, you will. I appreciate your patience!

Thanks for reading,

Josh