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Badger Woodworks: The year in review.

Farewell 2012!  Hello 2013!

Farewell 2012! Hello 2013!

By the numbers I wrote 25 posts (not counting this one) in 2012 on a variety of topics.

I made a turning bow saw, a carved tool tote, marking gauge based on a period example, a six board tool chest for my son and two traditional carved storage boxes (which I will post final pictures of next year).  Not all of these things got posted to the blog, mostly because I don’t really have a good set up for taking quality photos yet.

This year was all about the carving for me, as I took strong leaps forward in terms of skill and knowledge in the area of traditional 17th century carving.  I’ve been doing a lot of reading on the subject, and am considering a fairly large project this next year in this mental arena.  We’ll see, I’m not going to commit to it yet, because based on my post history my time to work on projects is fairly limited.  IF I feel like I can pull it off, it will involve a lot of writing, something I’m not great at so we shall see.

My top new tools for 2012 include:

  • Blue Spruce Marking knife
  • Shop Made Roubo Square in oak
  • Restored Stanley #7 Jointer Plane
  • Pair of Vintage Dividers

Skills that I feel I greatly improved this year:

  • Sawing to the line
  • Freehand Sharpening on Oilstones
  • Traditional Carving and layout

Areas that I really want to work on in 2013:

  • Use of nails.  I’ve been trying to use cut nails in my box work, but have some issues with splitting or chipping on boards.  I’m building my skills with traditional nailing, and nailed furniture but I have a long way to go.
  • More carving practice.  Lots more practice, I really am hoping to make a half dozen traditional carved boxes next year so I can learn some of the lessons that only come with practice.
  • Shop made tools.  I want to make a few more tools for my shop including a panel gauge, shooting board, and winding sticks.

I also have two classes coming up in 2013 at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking that I am very much looking forward to.

That’s the plan, who knows how it will hold up.  I’m not making any resolutions, because I don’t believe in making grandiose sweeping proclamations that I will never achieve.  I do make plans, and set reachable goals but don’t call them resolutions.

Happy New Year! and I wish all of you a big year of woodworking in 2013!




I made a Top 100 list!

Woodworkers Guide: Top 100 Woodworking Sites.

I just discovered that I’ve been included in a top 100 list on the linked blog above.

That’s pretty cool, I wasn’t expecting that and I’m in some good company too.



Time Flies

So, I am in the middle of porting the site yet again!  Also, I’m noticing that the last few updates are years old.   I think I underestimated the time that my son would take up in terms of woodworking, and this business idea.

Also, my main job has been very time consuming as well and between that and raising a family, the Badger Woodworks as a business idea kind of had to take a back seat.

I’ve done a few comissions here and there, and have been getting some time to work on my wood working skills, but nothing for promoting the business.  That’s ok, it’s still there and something I want to pursue.  Lets look to the new year and see what that holds!

— badger

Two new styles


Two new styles

Posted by: badger

I’ve worked out two new styles of pens that I can offer. I’ve sourced the parts I need for Calligraphy pens, and they are a blast to make!  I also have found the best rollerball style pen I’ve seen yet.  The “Baron” style is a nice weight, comfortable size, and best of all looks amazing. I’ve been using my new pen at work, and it’s gotten lots of compliments already.  I’ll be working on a page soon to display all the style I have available.  Also, I figured out how to make a “Teachers Pen”, a double ended pen with black and red inks for grading papers.  You can see examples of these in the Gallery

Thanks to Princeton Enviro Studies Program


Thanks to Princeton Enviro Studies Program

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Just supplied a big order for the graduation gifts for Princeton’s Environmental Studies Program. Did a rush order of six various styles with recycled woods, and six cigar style pens in bamboo.

Welcome to my son!



Posted by: badger
Our son, Hiro, was born on 12/19/07 at 11:24 AM.  He’s a fine young healthy boy, with good lungs and a lot of hair.  He’s going to cut into my shop time for a bit, but that’s ok.

Newest projects in the shop


Newest projects in the shop…

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It’s been a slow bunch of months for Badger Woodworks, mostly because of the discovery of my new apprentice to be.  We’re going to be expanding the family in early December, and we’ve been pretty focused on that.
However, I’ve managed to get into the shop a couple times and gotten a few projects done.  I made a nice hand mirror as a present for some friends, but unfortunately I didn’t get and good pictures of it.  I made a couple fridge magnets out of Tigerwood, and I’m thinking making a few for the holidays.  I also got a project done for some costumer friends, and turned some “bludger bats” out of Poplar wood for their Harry Potter Quidditch costumes.

Site is created…


Site Created

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This is the first news item on the new site!  The site was created, not much to see here, but it’s growing.  The site is being built in a new content management system called CMS Made Simple.  So far it’s been a joy to work with, and I really like it.
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