News & Events

This Tool Is Art: Jim Leamy Plow Plane

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Those of you who read Popular Woodworking, visit Christopher Schwartz’s blog for a close-up on a Jim Leamy plow plane that the magazine snuck into a cover photo of a hall cupboard. Leamy’s tools are art; some are brilliant to use, others to touch and move the parts on.
Get the photos.

Amish Bakery Photo Tour

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Kevin Williams has a treat for you. The Amish Cook columnist has visited Countrylane Bakery and Gifts of Berne, Indiana. Of course, he took pictures of Amish baked goods. Ooh, is that confectioner’s frosting on those peach fry pies? Photos, as well as directions to visit for yourself, are at
Click to read about pie.

How Kids Learn, How Humans Learn, How to Learn Woodworking

Friday, January 9th, 2015

By Tobin Dimmitt
Doug Stowe teaches woodworking to primary schoolers. This means he doesn’t only discuss woodworking, but how he can apply the ways that children learn to creating woodworking projects.
He gives you a sample of B. B. Hoffman’s “The Sloyd System of Woodworking” which was published in 1892 but is still inspiring today. Be careful when you read on, because Doug has kids work with tools and Hoffman did too. Hoffman discusses whether various crafts or tools are going to teach kids anything.
Interestingly, Hoffman concludes that the knife is a more useful teaching tool than the lathe. It is simpler than other tools, and kids have seen one before arriving at school. The principle is to start people with a concept they know, and then to use that familiar concept to introduce new ideas.
Stowe concludes with a justification for schools to teach kids how to use knives for woodworking rather than letting them get hurt figuring knives out on the street.
On a side note, Doug includes photos of a geometric project he’s working on.
Get the source.

California Home Blends In With Local Foliage

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Visit Decoist to tour the Mountain View Residence by Atelier Hsu. The bright California home has rammed earth walls to complement the suburban vegetation and keep the house cool in the summer. The interior is clean and minimal, a balance between modern and contemporary. The house tour also has a floor plan.
Click for more.

Textile Manufacturing Museum Tour

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

David C. Roy is always coming out with something different, but this time it’s really different, I promise! His tour of the Millyard Museum at the Amoskeag Manufactoring Company mill in Manchester, New Hampshire starts with furniture. Then it turns around and goes into weaving and textile machinery.
Rolling out the Furniture Record

Shipping Container School Built in Africa

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

In Malawi, the Legson Kayira Community Center and Primary School is built from shipping container architecture. Architecture for a Change, also known as A4AC, chose shipping containers to build the center affordably for the Malawi community. A detailed explanation of how the building functions efficiently is at Jetson Green.
Pictures of architecture and kids

How to Do a Faux Painted Brick Backsplash Right

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Lydia Pudel made over her tiny kitchen and is showing it on Remodelaholic. When I read the words, “faux painted brick backsplash,” I questioned Lydia’s design decision. But then I saw the finished work. The bricks are not trying to look real, which nearly always fails. These bricks have a truly artistic style and handpainted character.
Click to see them.

Build Your Own Utility Knife Handle

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015


You keep those wood strips because you know you can make something small with them. Now let’s use them. John Heisz’s idea is to make a utility knife handle. This project involves light work with the metal plate that protects your handle from the blade slider. The project might be what you need if you’re looking for something different.
See the tutorial at I Build

The Hello House Would Like to Tell You Something

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

OOF! Architecture of Australia went for contemporary hardwood when they designed the interior of the Hello House. But the house’s most distinguishing feature is the brick work in the front. The bricks employ differing textures and depth rather than color to tell all the neighbors, “HELLO,” ending perfectly with a window.
Go say hello.

Both Sides of This Loft Bed Are Climbable

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Small spaces often have loft beds to save floor space, but they create another design problem: who gets the ladder or stair side? Of course, if you’re the Hungarian firm Batlab, you just build a bed loft with stairs on both sides. The following design is even lit up.
View the loft at TreeHugger.