Vlad_SWolodymyr Smishkewych, Limerick, Munster, IE
Considered to be the original ambassador of Japanese woodworking tools to the West, the master woodworker and sculptor shares tea, tool advice, and thoughts on the social responsibility of woodworkers.
Although overuse of tanning beds by people can lead to a skin cancer risk, they are great for helping to bring out that deep patina that usually only comes with age.
How do you bend a 6 in. thick piece of solid white oak into a radius of just 30 in. along its axis? I mean, without having it splinter into a million pieces.
Designed to puzzle: Bulgarian architect Petar Zaharinov's clever designs range from practical, Danish-style aesthetics to M.C. Escher-like complexity. Plus, they come packaged in their own self-contained shopping baggie. Check out these nifty tables--they might boggle your senses!
A look at an instrument maker's standby, and some ideas for using them in furniture making
While on tour, FW Associate Editor Vlad Smishkewych meets fellow woodworkers within the music scene, gets to see a few wonderful pieces, and ponders the meaning of life for woodworkers and musicians.
You can now buy Laguna machines from Rockler and Woodcraft. Laguna's agreement with Rockler is a first step in the retail direction for the company; Woodcraft also now carries Laguna bandsaws, and more U.S. retail presence is sure to follow for the tool manufacturer.
Who can turn a better and faster bowl, a turner on a treadle or on an electric-powered lathe? The answer might surprise you.
Love Japanese planes? Do you use power tools as well? Ditto for FW associate editor Vlad Smishkewych--a recent trip to the magazine archives and a quick jaunt on YouTube reminded him of some great, wacky tools that are still out there.
Charlestonian musician and drum maker Adam Crowell designs great-looking and great-sounding wooden tongue drums. Check out his videos here.
Fine Woodworking's newest associate editor talks about Spain, hurdy-gurdies, and his unlikely path to being a part of his favorite magazine.
From a tiny workshop tucked away in Toledo, Spain, woodworker Julio Alonso shares sharpening techniques and surveys the versatility of these little planes.