2015-05-08

Woodwork Recommendations #01

Something different on this page. Not one of our video's or other projects but a monthly woodworking recommendation. This time we want you to meet Tom Fidgen, an author, musician, designer/maker living in Toronto, Ontario.

He has written for Fine Woodworking Magazine, Popular Woodworking Magazine, Canadian Woodworking Magazine, Furniture & Cabinet Making Magazine, British Woodworking Magazine, as well as the Lee Valley Tools Newsletter. But that's not really important. Neither the fact that his first book, Made by Hand – Furniture Projects from the Unplugged Woodshop, was the top selling wood working book of 2010 nor his much anticipated follow-up, The Unplugged Woodshop- Hand Crafted Projects for the Home and Workshop. Tom Fidgen teaches woodworking with hand tools in his home workshop in Toronto as well as Internationally. His website, and yes, you need to pay when you want to see everything, is called An Unplugged Life.
Our recommendation however goes out to his YouTube channel; "The Unplugged Woodshop".
In a non-modern rhythm he shows the process of making beautiful wooden objects and furniture. No shouting, 5 minutes of fast sawing. routing and spray-painting abuse of natural materials but nicely filmed and inspirational woodwork with the use of only hand tools. If you are one of these people who can spare the time to concentrate for more than 5 minutes... watch these video's!