HP-10 Foxtail Convertible Plane Crown Kit …

Dear Drivel Starved Nation;

For those of you that follow this Totally Awesome and Worthless Blog, you know that one, you need to get a life – you should be in your shop making something. Oh wait, you are at work… Continue reading

Last Call for the CT-18 Dual Low Angle Smoothing Plane …

Drivel Starved Nation –

This is a courtesy announcement that we are assembling the last 40 or so CT-18 Dual Low Angle Smoothing Planes. We have approximately 10 boxed and ready to go, and the balance will be assembled next week. Based on the previous 17 Commemorative Tools, these will be gone forever in the next couple of weeks.
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Introducing the HP-8 Mini-Block Plane that Will Quickly Become One of Your Favorite Planes…

"You can be childlike without being childish. A child always wants to have fun. Ask yourself, 'Am I having fun?" — Christopher Meloni

Dear Woodworker,

Manufacturing is a scale based process; the more you make, the lower the price. What I am about to share doesn’t happen to us very often but when it does it creates a great opportunity for our customers.

We recently received a large custom order of our HP-8 Mini-Block Plane with depth skids to be made from aluminum and it has to be delivered the first week in December. Here is a pic;

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The ability to use depth skids gives handwork, particularly precision hand work a completely new meaning. Case in point, my sculpture, “Fog of War” would simply not be possible without this ability. You can see how here.
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The Math Behind Crowned Edges in Woodworking…

To All Designer/Makers,Woodworkers and the Drivel Starved Nation;

In a couple of days we will announce the first profile kits for the HP-10 Foxtail Convertible Plane. There will be a total of four profiles and I thought it might be helpful to share the “why”…

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Emma International 2014: Last Installment

"The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art." — Junot Diaz

The images below represent a very small sampling of what took place in the woods of northern Saskatchewan this past August. It is almost a disservice to all who participated but I have an excellent excuse – the night before the big auction in Saskatoon, I somehow managed to bend the lens tube on my camera limiting it’s ability to focus. In addition, the auction was absolutely jam packed with people making it difficult Continue reading

Emma International 2014; Part 5.

Drivel Starved Nation;

This is the last installment before I share a few of the finished pieces. If looking at these pictures doesn’t inspire you to go make something, nothing will… Continue reading

Emma International Collaboration 2014: Part 4

“Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Welcome to installment four of Emma International 2014!

Whenever you get 100 creative thinkers together without an agenda, the agenda becomes staggering! Presented here are just a small cross-section of the activities. I think you will agree, the atmosphere was something else… Continue reading

Emma International Collaboration 2014: Part Three…

Bridge Citizens Far and Wide:

If you haven’t read the first two installments of this totally awesome experience – shared on this totally awesome and worthless blog – then shame on you. Here are more pics with as few captions as possible. OH, and in case you are wondering, there are six total installments….

Basket making is the world’s oldest craft/art… the work is tedious and it really is not hand friendly over decades. One maker from Denmark commented that she has to have injections in her hands… Continue reading

Emma International 2014: Part Deux

Anyone who thinks that they are too small to make a difference has never tried to fall asleep with a mosquito in the room. — Christine Todd Whitman

Drivel Starved Nation!

Welcome to part 2 of my Emma International 2014 Corroboration report. Let the images continue…

This is a good overview of the main grounds. The forges and jewelry making habitats are behind me in the photo. One of the woodworking areas was inside the blue Quonset hut. As you can see, it is perfect for those who don’t expect much, which of course is the perfect setting for expecting much! The trees you see represent two beginnings; the boreal forest is north and ALL of the Great Plains are to the south. in addition, over 99 percent of all mosquitoes on earth live in this clearing… Continue reading