Category Archives: Around the Shop

Sicut scriptum est facere

I spent much of yesterday hard at work on a really fun project: three Roubo folding book stands. After watching Roy Underhill knock one out on the Woodwright’s Shop, I became fascinated by the oddball joinery of the piece. The … Continue reading

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Old is the New New

Dusting off old ideas Round about this time each year, being the beginning and all… I tend to find ideas for stories creeping out of the woodwork. Like termites.

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Sequels and Second Efforts

Do you know what happens after you’ve written a book? It’s not one of those expected questions you’ll hear at a Meet The Author event. What do you do after you finish a book? Or maybe it is. I’ve yet … Continue reading

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Flag Case Project

Back in September of last year I got involved with a project to supply flag cases to the families and loved ones of fallen US service members. I’ve been slow to get started on the cases for a lot of … Continue reading

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Fortune’s Formula – Part 7: The Final Step

Evaluation As a procedural step for the design and construction of physical products, evaluation has a certain…”Well, duh.” quality to it. We can’t help but examine our creations, photograph them, make mental notes about what satisfies us (or not). For … Continue reading

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Fortune’s Formula – Part 6

Documentation Tis the season for building, that’s for sure. In between starting an editing and formatting business with a good writing friend, and working on my novel, which releases in serial form this December, I’ve been clocking time in the … Continue reading

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Fortune’s Formula – Part 5

Let’s get building! ..erm, writing. Let’s get writing. Up til now, we’ve focused on our project’s purpose, size, appearance, and substance. What kind of story are we telling and how long will it (most likely) be? How many different ideas … Continue reading

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Fortune’s Formula – Part 4

Selection – Where do we go from here? Following from Step 3 of the formula, Generating Ideas, let’s assume we’re looking at a list of possible stories. We’ve identified what we want from our story, possibly where we’d like to … Continue reading

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Fortune’s Formula – Part 3

Generating Ideas For writers, this might seem like a no-brainer and therefore a bit superfluous to include in a series on taking projects from inception through to fruition. Part of the conceit behind this blog though is to examine the … Continue reading

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Fortune’s Formula – Part 2

Set the Goal The first post in this series introduced a seven-step process that furniture builder Michael Fortune uses when designing new pieces in his shop. Fortune wrote about his process for Fine Woodworking’s December 2013 issue. Today, we move … Continue reading

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