Northeastern Spirits Jun28

Northeastern Spirits

After visiting three breweries, a meadery and a distillery, our trip certainly looked like a booze crawl, but we managed to learn a thing or two. Maine Mead Works Maine Mead Works was founded in 2007 to promote the ancient tradition of the oldest of all fermented beverages, mead. Using honey,...

Elwood’s Lab Jun27

Elwood’s Lab

A few days ago I met a Canadian xylopolist while touring the beautiful city of Saint John.  That sentence isn’t the product of a confused stupor, I assure you.  We were looking to get some lunch one afternoon and stumbled up a handsome storefront with a very attractive moniker....

Retirement Box Jun19

Retirement Box

My boss is retiring from the Army after over two decades of service.  He was a key figure in the creation of the new Army Cyber branch, so he’ll have quite a lasting impact after hanging up the uniform.  For his gift, a keepsake box, I used some 3/8″ mahogany for the body.  I had...

Side Tables Jun17

Side Tables

We replaced our coffee table just a few days ago, but the new addition seemed lonely.  Fortunately I had a bit more mahogany to make a set of side tables to match.  I aimed for simplicity in their design with a bit of figure showing on the tabletop.  I’m most pleased with the joints...

National Maker Faire Jun13

National Maker Faire

Longtime fans will know that I’m a huge fan of the Maker Faire events.  These unique show-and-tells are a great collection of technology, art and innovation.  Maker Faire made an appearance at the White House last year as part of the president’s initiative to encourage more making...

Mahogany Coffee Table Jun11

Mahogany Coffee Tabl...

I’ve been checking things off the ‘to-do’ list slowly but surely this summer.  The wood for my latest creation comes from the giant stack of mahogany that I acquired a couple of years ago.  As with the previous project, I staggered and glued several panels to make one giant...

Happy Birthday Maker Faire! May16

Happy Birthday Maker...

Maker Faire Bay Area started today with much fanfare and national attention.  After all, it’s the 10th anniversary of the “Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth”.  When it first started in 2005, the Maker Faire was all about getting like-minded hobbyists together to talk about...

Picnic Table with a Secret May11

Picnic Table with a ...

Goodbye plastic chairs, hello sturdy picnic table.  This table was a weekend project that took just about 5 hours from beginning to end.  Started and finished this Mother’s Day, the table will seat 4 comfortably with space on the ends for extra guests.  The wood is pressure treated...

Spring Has Sprung May04

Spring Has Sprung

We’re technically a couple months into spring already, but it’s just now getting warm here in the Northeast.  Milder weather means more time in the shop, and here’s the first product of the season.  It should be no surprise that it’s a set of cutting boards....

Raptor Show May03

Raptor Show

Today we were out in the Hudson Valley enjoying a magnificent display of several birds of prey.  Held at West Point, the “Raptor Show” included some eagles, falcons, a vulture, a caracara, and a owl, all of which are rescue birds.  The show only lasted an hour, but it was full of...

Guest Blogging @adafruit Apr19

Guest Blogging @adaf...

I’m happy to report that I’ll be a guest blogger at Adafruit!  Adafruit Industries is a company that sells electronic kits and parts, and also provides excellent do-it-yourself (DIY) tutorials.  Adafruit was created by Limor “ladyada” Fried, an MIT-educated electrical...

The Vault Apr19

The Vault

I was invited to put on an hour-long workshop on cyber as part of a STEM weekend program for high school students. Unfortunately, I didn’t have access to a lot of resources to make this completely hands-on for them, but I had an interesting idea that I wanted to try out.  I presented...