Archive for April, 2010

Red Oak Cabinet

April 30th, 2010 by
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Our international readers continue to submit some great projects.

Attached is a cabinet I made from red oak which was left over from a hotel restoration after Hurricane Ike. There are 60 mortise and tenon joints in the frame alone.

I live in the Turks & Caicos Islands where I have to import everything, including  lumber.

Seamus Day
Turks & Caicos Islands

Do you have a project you’d like to share?  Click here to send it in!

Matt Becker
Internet Production Coordinator

Oak Cabinet

Oak Cabinet - Angle

Oak Cabinet Frame

Up in Smoke: Kenya’s Charcoal Industry

April 26th, 2010 by
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You may have read my recent blog post about woodcarving traditions carried on by Kamba tribesmen in Kenya. I’ll call that the highlight of my “wood-related” African travelog.

There was a lowlight, too: charcoal production. Its carbonized and troubling evidence was stacked in bags along the highways wherever we went.

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A Tool By Any Other Name…

April 22nd, 2010 by
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Tool InspectorOur recent Woodworker’s Journal eZine Industry Interview with Rockwell Tools engendered quite a few comments, some of them unprintable, with the general take that if the tools are Asian-made, the name means little. While I will not agree with the contextual argument that an Asian-made tool is, without exception, of lower quality than a U.S.-made tool, I do agree that brand names move around a good bit.

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June Issue Coming Soon!

April 19th, 2010 by
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Although the month of June is still a couple of calendar flips away, we here at Woodworker’s Journal are more than happy to jump the gun and get Summer 2010 underway! I’m happy to report that your new June print issue is off the presses and in the mail. You should be receiving your copy very shortly. Let’s all get summer on the brain, shall we? Here’s a taste of what’s coming in the new issue:

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Turned Candle Holders

April 15th, 2010 by
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This image comes all the way from Norway, and features some great wood selection.

This 3 tealight holders (candle holders) are made in segmented techinque. They are made from this materials; Beech (light), Jatoba (brown) and African Wenge (black). The measurement of the tealights are from 100 mm to 120 mm in diameter, 70 mm in hightand each of them consist of 85 segments.

Oistein Jensen
Austevoll, Norway

Check out some of Oistein Jensen’s other work on his website, and click here to send in some of your own projects.

Matt Becker
Internet Production Coordinator

Tealights

Kamba Carving from the Heart of Kenya

April 12th, 2010 by
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Last month, my family and I had the unique opportunity to travel to Kenya, Africa, for two weeks. My wife had professional reasons for being there, but I’ll admit that I went with the typical intentions of a Westerner—to see a world of new wildlife and experience Kenyan culture. I was richly rewarded on both of those accounts. Exotic wildlife is plentiful in the country’s many national parks. And, the Kenyans we met, both in cities and small villages, were warm, welcoming and very willing to share their lives with us.

Still, the curiosities of a woodworker don’t take a back seat, just because a guy spends a couple weeks out of the shop.

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Good Woodworking for a Good Work

April 9th, 2010 by
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Earlier this week, Marc Spagnolo – AKA. The Wood Whisperer – contacted me and told me of an effort that he helped lead for charity.  He and 67 woodworkers, organized through the Woodworker’s Fighting Cancer charity, built and sold tables to benefit the American Cancer Society. The tables were just super to look at and the result of their effort was an amazing $8,000 donated to the American Cancer Society. As Marc asked me in his email, “How awesome is that?”  My answer: truly awesome indeed.

Fighting cancer is an effort that is near and dear to those of us at the Woodworker’s Journal. About one year ago, my wife of 30 years, Maggie Ward, passed away from a particularly aggressive form of cancer. It was eight months from diagnosis to her passing.  Sadly, and ironically, a year before that, our publisher Larry Stoiaken’s wife – Margaret Mary Carroll – had passed away from ovarian cancer. Both of them were gone too young and left behind a host of grieving family and friends.

So we heartily commend Marc and his fellow woodworkers for the excellent work that they did for a truly good cause. To see a goodwill effort like theirs succeed so well is a heartwarming event. Check out a video of some of the woodworkers and their tables by clicking here.

Rob Johnstone
Editor in Chief
Woodworker’s Journal

Maggie Ward

Woodworker's Journal Editor in Chief's wife, Maggie Ward, and her dog Cullen

Margaret Mary Carroll

Woodworker's Journal Publisher's wife, Margaret Mary Carroll

Gentlemen (and -women), Start Your Captions!

April 7th, 2010 by
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As we were digging through our archives putting together this year’s April Fool’s eZine, I ran across some photos from the past that just beg for our readers’ clever captioning (given the outpouring of quality submissions for this entry).

This one features Jeff Jacobson, our Senior Art Director and frequent contributor to the magazine.

We know you’ve got some ideas, so let’s hear them!

Matt Becker
Internet Production Coordinator

Our Art Director in a Go Cart

Hot Spots for Cool Lumber

April 2nd, 2010 by
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Photo courtesy Todd Damon, Wood Werks Supply.

In a recent eZine issue, Rob asked you all to tell him which wood species is your favorite. Not surprisingly, and to our delight, the emails poured in. He was downright cyber buried! If you didn’t happen to read his editorial, click here to catch up.

So, now that we know which woods are good as gold to you, I want to ask the logical extension to his question: Where do you get the wood you love most?

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