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Our Blue Solarity

This year we did something that I have been wanting to do since at least 1970–power my shop purely by the light of the sun. We invested in a solar power array for the Samurai Woodworks studio, placed on our … Continue reading

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Walk in the Woods

It’s the first thing you hear. It will take a few minutes before you notice, but eventually you will realize it’s been shouting at you ever since you set foot in the woods. The silence. Once you’re past the tangle … Continue reading

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Challenge to Self

I had a great idea for a brain-teasing design challenge the other day. I thought of it when I was thinking about a time when I was eight years old. I had always hated onions, and one day at dinner I … Continue reading

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Design is Spelled with a “See”

“All right, that’s it!” I thought. “It’s time.” There it was, a vase full of tulips sitting on the kitchen table, right in front of me. They’d been sitting in front of me for twenty minutes. I hadn’t seen them. … Continue reading

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Building Furniture is Really Easy

When I first began building furniture, I loved doing it so much that I wondered why more people weren’t woodworkers. Everyone I met would say, “Gosh, I’ve always wanted to do that for a living!” But they all did something … Continue reading

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