Blog

Just to be clear. I’m a woodworker, not a computer geek. I’m not the greatest typer, and I sometimes get stumped trying to do a simple computer task. I do, however, realize the value of sharing information with fellow woodworkers.

I’m a self-taught craftsman. I learned everything I know from reading, doing, re-doing, reading some more, and trying again. I have lots of great craftsmen to thank for passing along the craft. If I can share something that helps another craftsman, I’m happy to do it.

So, from time to time, I will publish a technique, share a story or just plain old get something off my mind.

Let me know what you think and thanks for your interest.

Classic 19th Century Chinese stools

About 20 years ago I saw one of these three-legged stools at a client's home. I was drawn to its simplicity, but at the same time the complexity of its joinery. I made up my mind right then that I would build one in the future. It wasn't until about 12 years later...

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Marc Adams 2018

I enjoyed once again being an instructor at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. This year I taught 14 students how to build a bow-front table using a blend of machine and hand tools. The MASW has great facilities, outstanding staff, and some of the...

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Wood Turning with Marcus Reid

Marcus Reid apprenticed with me right out of high school. I consider him a great friend and now a mentor. He is an amazing artisan. Whether he building furniture, making string instruments or turning wood, he excels. As a teacher he sets lofty goals for the students,...

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Summer 2018 Internships: Meet the students

The Joiners Bench is pleased to offer summer internships to several students interested in enhancing their furniture-making skills. Students work on one or two of their own furniture projects, as well as several group projects, in a collaborative setting. Outstanding furniture projects will be featured in the Salt Lake Furniture Design Show this fall. Meet the students…

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Springtime at the Joiners Bench

In addition to the wood shop, the Joiners Bench includes a small home with lots of trees and plants. I love it in the spring when the flowers start to bloom and the trees take on their green leaves. I thought it would be fun to take a break from the...

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Fine Woodworking Live 2018

It was my pleasure to be a presenter at Fine Woodworking Live 2018 this past weekend. I always enjoying seeing the FW staff, as well as the talented woodworkers from all around the country who come together for a weekend filled with hands-on presentations and lectures.

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Classic Shop Stool Class

Several years ago I saw a classic shop stool at a friend's home. I liked the simple, yet elegant style and knew that the stool would be a nice addition to my workshop. I also relished the chance to make it by hand because of the challenging joinery. After making a few...

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2013 Joiners Bench Workshops

The 2013 Joiners Bench workshops are now posted. Back by popular demand is the Heirloom Tool Chest Workshop. I will also once again teach one-day workshops on dovetailing and tuning and using hand planes, spokeshaves and shapers. New this season are workshops...

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Heirloom Tool Chest Workshop

This weekend I hosted a workshop at my studio in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was my fourth of the summer, and I have one more scheduled and two more that I will be adding -- a second tool chest class (I had to turn a few folks a way) and a long board/skateboard building...

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