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Hands-on Teaching Tool

Here's a page from a forthcoming pamphlet I'm working on about the geometric truths that underlie--and led to the development of-- all our layout tools, including (basically end…

Hand Tool Heaven—the Movie!

Check out Andrea's new animation work for our hand tool oriented courses at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking. Hard to believe, but everything you see in the…

Libella vs. Laser

  Been thinking about the Libella lately...the ancient leveling tool. Would it be as accurate as today's laser levels?  No, probably not. The precision of the laser would…

Special Plane from Across the Room

  A visit to a retired shop teacher/avid boatbuilder locally yielded a look at this plane. I knew from across the room that there was something special about…

Let the Log do the Talking

Here's my take on what to call the different lumber grading by end grain configuration.  In my opinion, I say let the wood and the geometry provide the…

Ex Nihilo

The ancient “geometers” believed that geometry was the key to comprehending the incomprehensible; that an understanding of its inherent truths was the key to unlocking the mystery of…

The Truth About Planes

The truth about planes from Jim Tolpin on Vimeo.

Height by Hand and Eye

  An astute follower on Instagram mentioned that an old-school forester could easily get the height of a tree using only a stick the length of his arm.…

Affirmation

Making a Rudder for a Ship of  War, by W. H. Pyne 1803   By the look on their faces, the folks at Braxton Brewery were not prepared to…

Be There AND Be Square!

The following sequence of steps show how to use simple geometry to create a right angle along the edge of a board--demonstrating that you don't need a square…