The Wood Butcher Papers: Episode 6
Listen to how he kicks his woodworking up a notch by buying a certain legendary 5-tools-in-one machine
In this episode, the Wood Butcher reminisces about his first encounters with a Shopsmith (or simply a Smith, to those in the know). After sitting through an entrancing demonstration of the Smith’s capabilities, Isler buys one of his own. Hear what befalls him as he feeds his new machine its first meal of fresh white pine.
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About This Series
During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Saul Isler was working as an ad man and operated a patent drafting business near his home in Cleveland. He was also a hobby woodworker producing a series of columns for the Saturday edition of the Cleveland Plain Dealer under the nom de plume The Wood Butcher, a federally trademarked name that summed up his columns precisely.
His musings as a hobby woodworker, homeowner, and all around enthusiast, hit home for many woodworkers because the struggles and triumphs Isler encountered in his shop, and wrote about, are things we can all relate to. Nearly 30 years later, Isler has resurrected his columns for a year-long audio series on FineWoodworking.com that we’re calling The Wood Butcher Papers.