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.

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,...

2018 Summer Internship: Part One

The internships are progressing nicely. We worked on several group projects during the first week. Among them…an Enfield Shaker Cabinet, a Kumiko wall cabinet, and a bow-front sofa table.

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…

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

Busy summer

I apologize that I have been unable to do any blogging this summer. I spent good portion of the summer working on commissioned pieces, working on our house and traveling. The Uintas, Jackson Hole and a trip to Florida were all in the offing. It's been a great season,...

Welcome

Welcome to my new website. I've been doing traditional woodworking for 25 years and am excited to share some of what I've learned. This technology stuff is new to me and so be patient. It will take me some time. But I'm confident some good things will come of it.