I am not a professional timber framer, carpenter or woodworker. I just enjoy the art and dabble in it a bit. I’ll be sharing my experiences here on the blog and will on occasion make tool recommendations.

I am not trying to sell my talents (trust me, they aren’t to a level where anyone would want to buy them) but I think one mistake many woodworking blogs  shows and magazines make is that they don’t ever address mistakes.  I always learn more from my mistakes than my successes, so I will be including mistakes and lessons learned whenever possible,  Choices and the reasoning behind them are also important, so whenever possible I will explain what choices I made and a rationale of why.

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  1. By Gail Gardner on June 9, 2010 at 10:16 pm


    I found your blog through LumberJocks and like your philosophy. I always learn more from observing mistakes – in fact that is largely how I know what works! I have friends who are Mennonite gazebo builders who own Golden Rule Gazebo. You might find some images or information on their site you could use.

    I work with Good Millwork and they have a strong blog. If you wouldn’t mind me linking to your site let me know?

    Kindest Regards,

  2. By swirt on June 9, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Hi Gail, and thanks. Link all you want, I’ve got no objection to that at all. Ill check them out too.

  3. By dan on March 23, 2011 at 4:11 am

    your hatchet with the hammer side showing T5 is for marking logs as they leave the woods and come to a mill. Sometimes the mill would have them as well to mark that they had been scaled and in the inventory.

    US Forest Service still uses them, but without the hatchet which was for checking rot in the logs and shaving a flat spot if needed to stamp the T5.


  4. By swirt on March 29, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Thanks Dan, I appreciate the info on this marking hatchet