Spring freshet

Wooden toy charts the course of a career We all got our start as woodworkers somewhere. Somehow. Some occurrence, possibly quite by chance, got us...

Smart hands

Intelligence from making things When we use the term intelligence, it is very likely that we are talking about mental functioning. The IQ tests that...

From Plato to Carnegie

A brief history of industrial specialization “All things will be produced in superior quantity and quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at...

Up the creek

Only wood does the job I found myself, a bit surprisingly, walking down the street in the morning with a canoe paddle in my hand....

Few ‘favourite things’ except for … Walnut

I am sometimes asked what my favourite wood is, because it’s known that I know something about wood, and that I’ve worked with it....

Natural form

The evolving nature of design It is often said that form follows function, but it rarely does — at least not that simply. Form follows...