Sep 162021
 
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For the September 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Randy Cordle shared his experience constructing a set for his family’s favorite game, Mazza:

Mazza is an easy to construct yard game that’s fun for family and friends and has enough variety to keep players entertained. No skill is necessary, and it can be played in small spaces such as a backyard or larger areas like a community park. The game uses scoring hoops that can “travel” for each round of play, so distance between rounds can be increased gradually during the game to provide a healthy amount of walking exercise if desired.

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Sep 142021
 
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For the September 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Norm Reid reviewed The Artful Wooden Spoon By Joshua Vogel:

When the author of The Artful Wooden Spoon, Joshua Vogel, took up spoon carving, he had it in mind to document his procedures so others could replicate them. His goal was a book to convey his observations. And so, he asked himself just how many spoons would he need to carve to justify sharing his experiences: a few dozen, perhaps, a hundred maybe? Vogel set out to carve as many as he could, using a variety of wood sources, tool sets, designs, and techniques. In the end, I suspect he carved well in excess of 100 spoons, with a range and variety well-evidenced throughout the book. His outcome: a well-informed guide to spoon carving that combines well-organized instruction with inspiring examples.

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Sep 092021
 
Stories from Grandpa's Workshop: Contemplation in a Woodshop
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For the September 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Bob Rummer discusses the importance of the “thinking spot” in his shop and how it plays a part in his woodworking. My thoughtful spot is Mr. Francis’ folding lawn chair. Hugh was my 90-year-old neighbor in Alabama. He shared a lot of wisdom with me, like, […]

Sep 072021
 
September 2021 Woodworking Poll: Do You Have a Designated "Thinking Spot" in Your Workshop?
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In our January 2021 Show Us Your Workshop article, Ray Pugh pointed out his “pipe smoking and thinking spot” within his shop. Bob Rummer, the author of our Stories from Grandpa’s Workshop column has been doing some thinking of his own, specifically about the benefits of having a designated “thinking spot” in the shop. They […]

Aug 172021
 
A Foundation for a Great Start: A Review of Len Reinhardt's Finishing Class
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The first thing I did once I got my Highland Woodworker Online Class Membership was to channel surf the videos available. As I perused the selection, I was afraid a lot of the content would be above my woodworking experience level. I have a few projects completed that range from cutting boards to coffee tables, […]

Aug 122021
 
Women in Woodworking: Meet Erin Longfellow
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For the July 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Char interviewed Erin Longfellow, a woodworker who specializes in the Japandi style of furniture: You can tell Erin pours a lot of her of herself into her work. “My projects are all things I want or need for myself. If I’m making them, I feel that […]

Aug 102021
 
Book Review: Woodworker's Pocket Book
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For the July 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Norm Reid reviewed Woodworker’s Pocket Book: Woodworker’s Pocket Book is quite different from the usual fare of woodworking books. It is a pocket reference compiled by Charles H. Hayward, longtime editor of the British magazine, The Woodworker, and draws on his extensive and comprehensive knowledge of […]