Today on the show… we have a who shares my love for making big pieces of wood into smaller ones and takes some Canadian sense of humor into his teaching and work at Lee Valley Tools, Vic Tesolin. He's a veteran of the Canadian Army where he served with pride for 14 yrs in the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. After his honorable discharge, he was a student at Rosewood Studio where he studied furniture design and making under the guidance of some of North America's top furniture makers. He ran my own studio furniture business designing and crafting furniture by commission while working at Rosewood as a part-time instructor and craftsman in residence. He realized that making the type of furniture he liked to make didn't make me much money so he went in search for a real job and took the helm at Canadian Woodworking magazine as editor. Currently, he's the Technical Advisor at Lee Valley Tools. When he's not there he's in the shop building furniture or in front of my computer writing articles for various publications. He's the author of The Minimalist Woodworker, a book that encourages people who can't run machines because of noise, dust, lack of space or budget, to woodwork with hand tools. With a few more books in the hopper I should manage to stay out of trouble for awhile ... or not.
Today we talk about the adventure of making things with your hands… using real tools! And how to inspire our kids to do the same, and guide them into adults who know how to fix and build things for themselves.
You can find more about Vic here: http://victesolin.com/ Vic's book: http://victesolin.com/store/minimalist-woodworker-signed-copy
Here's the spokeshaves Vic mentions on the episode: http://www.leevalley.com/us/hardware/page.aspx?cat=1&p=50230