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By Hand and Eye Workshop

  Every woodworker I know wants to get better at design. Yet it’s hard to carve out time to devote to it. Perhaps it’s because most of us…

The Hidden Hexagon

You may remember this page from the introduction to From Truths to Tools. We’ve had a few folks ask about the “hidden hexagon” mentioned in the text and…

Good Bones

Scratch beneath the surface of any great design and there’s always something simple and profound. This fact is not lost on ages past. Even when fashions called for…

Gateway to the Gateway

Design is a step into the unknown. It’s much different (and safer) to stick with things like learning to cut precise dovetails or learning to sharpen a blade.…

Abracadabra – make your own water

It's not quite as magical as making your own water but it's pretty close. Our latest book "From Truth to Tools" explores how artisan geometry was the flame that…

Our New Book is (almost) Here!

You can now order a pre-publication copy of “From Truths to Tools” in the Lost Art Press store. The book will ship in early or mid-November 2017. The…

Does this Entasis Make Me Look Fat?

Well no, dear, the curvaceous tapering just makes you look muscular. Or maybe it's just an optical illusion. Or maybe the builders knew that the swelling, though slight,…

Handmade Tools for By Hand and Eye

I am now taking orders for try squares and straightedges as shown in the photo above. I make and true these tools completely by hand from carefully selected and…

Traditional Joiner’s Chest Fundraiser

FYI:  The chest sold at auction at eBay for $3650.  Maybe I'll just have to make another one this winter!   I just finished up work on this…

Tour of Jim’s Handtool-Only shop

Lot's of folks have been asking for a more in-depth look at my little backyard shop...all 196 square feet of it. So here it is. Sorry for the…