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JOEL Joel's Blog

Sherlock: The Saw Tooth Detective

06/29/2022

Closeup of saw teeth A draft blog post about saw sharpening, including a macro shot of saw teeth, inspired me to think about the saw's teeth. The saw in the picture is a mid-late 19th century backsaw by Norris. It's a collectible saw from the period when Norris was a general hardware store company , not the specialty infill plane maker that we remember today. Let's take a look at these teeth....more..
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Barry Iles 1961-2022 RIP

05/21/2022

I am very sad to report that Barry isles, managing director of Ashley Isles, brother to Ray and Tony Isles and the youngest of Ashley Iles' three sons, passed away last week at the age of 61 after a long illness. Barry entered the business started by his father when Barry was in his early teens. His first job was sharpening carving tools on a buff. He told me his record time from picking up the...more..
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BEN The Build-It Blog

Pre-Summer Inspirations

05/26/2022 By Joe Samalin

From the article "Artists’ Frames in Pâte Coulante" by Peter Mallo Summertime tends to slow down for us here at Tools for Working Wood, giving us that rare chance to take a quick deep breath and look around for a moment. And to break out the big fans. It gets hot here in Brooklyn. And so as part of taking a breath, we wanted to share a bit of what is inspiring us at the moment, in the...more..
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Carving Japanese Chashaku (tea scoop)

03/03/2022

One of the perks of living in a place like New York City is access to a very wide range of people and experiences. This last weekend I was able to enjoy just such an experience - a four hour class on carving traditional Japanese bamboo matcha (powdered green tea) scoops, or chashaku. The class was led by a master of the Japanese tea ceremony, Nagano Yoshitsugu , and that is who carves...more..
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Woodturning for the Holidays

12/24/2021 By Joe Samalin

Look what I did! Happy holidays to everyone who celebrates, and hope that folks are doing as well as can be in these somewhat trying times. The holidays can often be an added stressor for people, and that is why when I saw that my good friend and turning teacher Alan Dorsey was holding a christmas turning session I jumped all over the chance to dust off my turning tools and spend a few...more..
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BREN Video Roundup

Spoons and Scoops

03/22/2022

Like most people, we spend lots of time (way too much time) surfing the web, entranced by various videos. In Video Roundup, we offer some videos from all over the world that we found especially intriguing. First up - a very cool look at making spoons two ways, side by side. Second - a cool take on bandsaw scoops, made from an old mattress frame no less. 2 Ways to Make Wooden Spoons...more..
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Freehand Sharpening Using Oil or Waterstones, with Maurice Fraser and Joel Moskowitz

02/22/2022

Like most people, we spend lots of time (way too much time) surfing the web, entranced by various videos. In Video Roundup, we offer some videos from all over the world that we found especially intriguing. Freehand sharpening using oil stones with Maurice Fraser Freehand sharpening using waterstones with Joel Moskowitz (who was much younger then)...more..
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Name Stamps And Lumberjacking in the City

02/15/2022

Like most people, we spend lots of time (way too much time) surfing the web, entranced by various videos. In Video Roundup, we offer some videos from all over the world that we found especially intriguing. Our first video is a long one and is in Japanese. I know. But it is a fascinating look at hand carving an inkan, or hanko, a Japanese name stamp used in place of signatures. I was captivated...more..
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WORK The Work Magazine Reprint Project

WORK - An Illustrated Journal of Practice and Theory

01/21/2016

Tweet #TfwwWorkBlog!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); Greetings Workateers! Our fourth and final volume has come to a close and so has the Work Magazine...more..
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WORK No. 200 - Published January 14 1893

01/14/2016

Tweet #TfwwWorkBlog!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); The editions of Work mag we have here in the shop often have the ads removed but the last couple...more..
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WORK No. 199 - Published January 7th 1893 NEW

01/07/2016

Tweet #TfwwWorkBlog!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); ARTICLES FOUND IN THIS ISSUE: STENCILS FOR WALL DECORATION • THE ART OF...more..
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