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Planing Competition Video, Japan

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014


It seems like whenever Japanese folk get together and do something, they push it to supreme excellence. In this case, some Japanese woodworkers have become amazing planers. It makes sense after having listened to Shop Talk Live Episode 63, which covers a few ways in which a Japanese woodshop uses fewer tools and space than a Western one, so each skill gains extra value. Watch this Kezuroukai planing competition video to see shavings so thin they are somewhat transparent.

This Amish Buggy Is Worth Over $9000

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

… And it’s shiny. It comes with a matching $1600 horse. The $9861.18 buggy, from Country Lane Coach Shop of Paradise, Pennsylvania, is the version with all the options; the bare bones version only costs $6895. Jerry sent photos of the buggy to Amish America after visiting an auction in Perry County.
Check out that dashboard.

High School Woodworking Program VS Youth Unemployment… GO!

Monday, July 21st, 2014

I don’t know how we did it, but somehow America has managed to create a demand for skilled tradespeople while preventing young people from learning the trades. Not Dean Mattson, though. Not only does Mattson’s wood manufacturing program teach woodworking skills, but it makes sure students graduate from high school into promising careers.
Click to watch Mark Till’s inspirational video on Mattson’s class.
Read Robert W. Lang’s point of view at Popular Woodworking.

Homedit’s Exclusive Montana Labelle Interview

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Homedit has something special for you: an exclusive interview with Toronto designer Montana Labelle, and a tour of her own small condo. Labelle loves incorporating fashion into her designs, but I see tons of style in her use of classic furniture and bold colors. It’s also a great inspiration for you small space decorators. Thanks goes to interviewer Alexandra Belgun.
Go to Toronto!

“/” Lamp (Pronounced Slash Lamp) is Made to Be Broken

Monday, July 21st, 2014


Dragos Motica of Ubikubi has designed a lamp with a cage and concrete shade so that the owner may break the concrete to their desired shape. The “/” lamp questions the definition of design not only by creating a piece that is simplistic at first glance but by letting the user participate. Looks like fun.
Source at Dezeen

Obviously Amish Photos

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Good morning. Kevin, the Amish Cook, has gathered some Amish photos for your adventuring pleasure. All of them are distinctly Plain. However the last one, of the woodburned sign, reveals the wit and wisdom that grows in a person living the minimal Plain lifestyle.
Click to horse around a bit.

Houzz Tour: New Twists for a Traditional New York Saltbox (15 photos)

Friday, July 18th, 2014


Houzz has a tour of a saltbox style home created by Stephen Moser for his sister’s family. The Shelter Island, New York home is fresh and contemporary inside and out. Of special interest is the Alaskan yellow cedar siding, which is resilient without requiring charring. Also check out the rubber roof.
Tour the Houzz.

Bucky Fuller: Innovative 20th Century Architect of Domes

Friday, July 18th, 2014

For those of you interested in 20th century architecture history, TreeHugger has a tribute to Bucky Fuller. Bucky was known for circular architecture and experimented with round houses, including grain silos, which sound like shipping container houses but cooler. Bucky also designed a futuristic dome for New York City. Lloyd Alter has gathered TreeHugger’s articles about Fuller.
See what interests you.

Easy DIY Hanging Lounge Chair

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Your porch needs a hanging chair because everybody’s porch needs a hanging chair. Sounds logical, right? For a project that is easy on your monetary and time budget, visit Caitlin’s tutorial at The Merrythought. With a series of dowels, canvas drop cloth, and rope, you can assemble a simple but comfy hanging lounge chair.
Get the tutorial.

The Tin Can Traveler Before and After

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Do I get to call it a home now? It certainly looks like one. The Tin Can Traveler, Rebecca, has worked her butt off updating her 1967 Airstream’s interior. She added airy colors, changed window treatments and cupboard doors, and opened the place up big time. It may have been a slight risk but it paid off.
Apartment Therapy has the scoop.