May 23, 2018
With its extremely high-pitched blade and serrated cutting edge, the toothing plane cares little about grain direction and figure
April 11, 2018
Bill Pavlak looks to the past to find a unique method to house his favorite handsaws
February 26, 2018
Sure, sawing by hand will usually take longer than feeding the board through a bandsaw, but unless you have a massive pile to cut, it’s not so bad
December 27, 2017
Kids between the ages of 3 and 12 are the most prolific craftspeople and artists in America today
November 27, 2017
Sometimes the worst thing you can do while copying an antique is to actually copy the antique
October 9, 2017
It was hard carving away what I considered my best work—really hard—but now my best work is better
August 21, 2017
Many museums, collectors, and antiques dealers are welcoming to furniture makers looking to learn from or even replicate a piece of furniture, but make sure you use your time, and tools wisely
June 5, 2017
At least once week a visitor to the Hay Shop at Colonial Williamsburg will ask if I have a favorite tool. As I say “yes,” I reach into my tool chest for my 1-3/4-in. paring chisel made by our blacksmiths.
April 17, 2017
While reproducing a piece from Colonial Williamsburg's collection, Bill stumbles upon a mystery that can only be solved through imitation
March 20, 2017
By day, Bill Pavlak works in the Anthony Hay Cabinet Shop at Colonial Williamsburg, but by night... well... he's a regular old boring woodworker
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