Posts by joseph

The Future of unpluggedshop.com

I would like to thank Luke Townsley for his kind words in the previous post and also for his invaluable help in migrating this website. I think it is appropriate to offer some more explanation into why we were interested in taking over the running of unpluggedshop.com. The first, and most important, reason that we…

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My last blog post on UnpluggedShop.com

It’s been four years and counting since I started UnpluggedShop.com as a hobby site. I wanted to learn hand tool woodworking and figured I might as well share. In both of those areas, the site has been a smashing success. I still have fond memories of those early days of the site when Chris Schwartz, Steven Shepherd, Kari…

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How to do more with hand tools

How to do more with hand tools is the question this site seeks to answer. For newbies, it means figuring out what all the excitement is and how to get set up. For the more experienced, it means learning more advanced techniques and developing relationships with other hand tool workers. My site here at UnpluggedShop.com…

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About the donate button and the future of UnpluggedShop.com

I've gotten a lot out of UnpluggedShop.com over the years. I've learned more than I could have ever dreamed about traditional crafts. I've gotten to know some wonderful people in a virtual sort of way. And I'd like to think I've helped people find a hobby or even business that suits their situation and interests.…

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How I use UnpluggedShop.com

I want to talk about how I use UnpluggedShop.com and discuss a possible upcoming change in how the links work. For several years, I read or at least scanned nearly every article that came up on the aggregator. For me, that has become impractical now as there are so many blogs. I still read it…

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New blogs added

I have added a number of new blogs in the last few weeks to the aggregator on this site's home page. I have been pleasantly surprised lately to see how many new blogs are out there involving hand tool woodworking. My front page news aggregator is following over 120 blogs and forums. That means there…

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Review of The Anarchist’s Tool Chest

For hand tool and mixed shop woodworkers, there are two books I'm suggesting are “must” reading. One is Schwarz' Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use and the other is The Anarchist's Tool Chest by the same PG rated wordsmith. Until now, I have been unable to find a discussion on building traditional…

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Aggregator troubles

Regular visitors to the site will have noticed that there has been some trouble with the latest news entries where I aggregate blog headlines from around the blogosphere. My apologies for the inconvenience. I never really took the time to get totally to the bottom of it, but I changed and updated some feeds and…

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Score: 55 to 2

There is good news and more good news in this post. First the good news. I just counted the number of blogs tracked by my blog aggregator. By my latest count, we are now up to 57 blogs that I am tracking here on this site dealing with hand tool woodworking. Nice. Now the other…

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How many are we?

The question has come to my mind lately as to how many woodworkers there are who are focused on using hand tools eschewing the use of power tools. Defined in the strictest sense and including only those who do so by choice as a hobby and have a reasonable collection of tools (eliminating kids with…

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