The Definition of Insanity…

… is doing the same thing over again and expecting different results. My picture is listed right next to it in the dictionary.

That’s kind of where we’re at these days. We move something. Then we move it to a better place. Then we see how things are flowing and find a better place to move it once again. Then we can’t find something so we make a place for it once it appears, so we’ll be able to move it around 5-6 times before it settles. Maybe.

Obviously, we’re still hard at work to set the shop up in a way that makes the most sense for efficiency and work space. Meanwhile, the show must go on! The past two weeks the show has been about setting up the new shop, and those episodes are available for anyone to view at

It’s Monday and we are discussing what we’ll be doing for this week’s show. We can’t keep focusing on the move, yet it’s what consumes us 24 hours a day right now. We knew it would be rough, but I don’t know that any of us expected it to take quite this long to be back to “normal”.

Keep hanging in there guys & gals, soon we’ll find just the right place for everything. Before we decide it must be rearranged again…

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A Tale of Two Shops

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was a time of new adventures, it was a time of heavy equipment. It was a time of new beginnings, it was a time of “Dang, I ain’t seen that in 10 years!”

Sorry, was getting wrapped up in it…

CameraGirl here – Charles asked me to touch base via the blog regarding the move. It’s been a very crazy 10 days here. He hasn’t stopped since the keys were handed over, and has probably made 50 trips to haul equipment and wood from the old shop to the new one. Today the helpers we have are still working to empty the upstairs (his wood hoard in my opinion) and with classes beginning next week and a trip to Maryland this weekend, he’s attempting to turn his focus to actually setting up some of the equipment and preparing for all of that. He hasn’t sat down long enough to look at the dozens of emails that come in seeking help. Charles does ask that I let you all know that he will get to them as soon as he possibly can, but it could be next week. My youngest is actually playing hooky today to be an extra set of muscles to try and wrap up this move.

I’m not sure how the show is going to come together this week, but we will have at least something for you. I know we all wish we could clone Charles so he could do a bit more every day, but just hang in there guys & gals, great things are coming, once the move is finished.



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Email Account Hacked

For any of you who have received bogus emails from our email account in the past three days, please accept our apologies.  We have had that email account since 1997!  As soon as we found out, we changed the password to this account and added another layer of security that MSN.COM now offers.  We are confident that the second bogus email sent out was from the snatching of our contacts prior to the first one going out.  I have worked with MSN yesterday evening and this morning to do the best that we can to secure this account.

We have pinpointed that the contacts that received these emails were on a laptop computer and therefore have been running everything possible to check and see if there is a virus or malicious program on that laptop.  Nothing is showing up.

Again, we are so sorry but like everyone else, we are vulnerable no matter what we have done to protect ourselves.


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Stumpy Nubs … A cool video…

I often do get a kick out of Stumpys “antics” and he does come up with some pretty ingenious woodworking projects and advice. In this video he “Explores ” the history of woodworking ..I though it pretty cool, take a look and enjoy

If you haven’t caught up with Stumpy here is his website,

So as Stumpy would put it “if ya got nothing better to do” take a look , his humor is “unique” .. But it does grow on ya ..

Stumpy has become a good friend and supporter , since I whipped his butt, in the box build off ( Bombe box)…. Laughing ..But he has come along way … We may have some other “joint” ventures in the near future .


Check it out…




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Whew …Books, Videos , Shows .. Been Busy

We are finally thawing out, unlike a lot of other folks. Spring can’t come too soon.. Not sure about you but this has been an unusually tough winter .  One for the record books in many places.

In spite of the weather , we have managed to stay quite busy , as most know, we finally got our Finishing book done , and have been working on a new  “recipe”  book of  the colors that we have used for years, I also think it will help folks be able to “make up ‘ and match other colors. I decided to add a chapter on this to help folks, I get a lot of “color” questions. The book uses 3 different  dyes,  TransTint , W.D. Lockwood (metal complex) and General Finish . We chose these dyes because of quality, availability and ease of use.  They are all water base, our favorite. I love the way a water base colorant, especially a dye, allows me so much flexibility and the clean crisp colors.  Check out the book at  . I elected to do the book simply because of all the requests and all the color issue emails  I get .

I am doing another DVD, I actually had not planned any more DVD’s, felt like we had pretty much covered the spectrum.  Like the recipe book, what prompted this was the emails asking, “exactly how do you do it ?” If you would like to pre-order this DVD, you can do so by visiting this link to our on-line store,  The book will ship around April 15th.

When I did all the DVD’s I tried to be as all inclusive as I could, as we all know there is more than one way to “skin a cat”, so we tried to address as many different ways as we could . The new DVD is NOT that, its just the opposite, It’s how I do it, have done it and will continue to do it. While I can build a case in numerous different ways, as well as a door, or drawer, In reality I do them, basically the same every time, because it  always works, so based on the emails, I decided to put it all in one place.

We have also elected to offer a lot of classes in 2014. We had decided to NOT do any more in house classes, just because of space. It was very difficult. We are looking to  move into a new facility soon, hopefully by the end of March, there were issues  with the title and so forth which delayed us about 2 months, but hopefully it will all be resolved quickly.  There are still a few spots left in most of the classes.

To take a look at the class schedule, use the following link:

The new property allows us much more and much better space. A place for a nice class room and so forth, so we are excited about that .

I have gotten a lot of  emails as well from folks who are “waiting on spring” to be able to finish their winter projects, I understand that .

So we’ve been writing, filming, building, finishing and just staying the course, and will continue. I am testing out some new finishes and have some cool projects forth coming.

That’s what we’ve been up to, how about you?  Anybody do any woodworking over the winter,?

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John Townsend Book….

As most of you know I am a huge John Townsend and John Goddard fan..These guys are the “Master’s” ..Bar None.  These are the Newport Furniture makers.. There work is amazing .

As many will recall we got the first edition book , then it skyrocketed in price, some in the 600.00 range.

Our good friend Paul Marcel informed me he found the book on Amazon’s a second printing I think and they also have a paper-backed version .. so if your interested check it out .

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Photos from Baltimore Woodworking Show

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