Wood and Tool Blogs I Read

I enjoy reading woodworking blogs.  I find them a great source of information, ideas, and some personal tidbits that help give the rest some added context.

I use Google Reader to read them all by way of their RSS feed.   This lets me read the new posts anywhere in the world that I can login to my Google Account (including on my iPod Touch).  If you follow even one blog regularly, it is definitely helpful to use Reader as your one stop to see what’s new.  Over time, Reader may even suggest new blogs with similar content.  Mostly though, I find new blogs through references made within blogs I already read.

I just checked, I am currently subscribed to 87 Woodworking and tool blogs.   That seems like a lot to read in one day, but keep in mind that some of these only post once a week or once a month.  Others post almost every day.   I have not found a correlation between frequency of posts and quality.  Sometimes the ones that post every day blather on about stuff completely unrelated to woodworking while the ones that post only a few times a month put a great deal of time into their explanations and photos.  So on average I would say I read 10-12 posts a day.

In case the idea of subscribing to 87 blogs scares you a bit, here is the top 20 of my favorites.  Keep in mind, that these fit MY preferences for old hand tools, natural woodworking, and furniture that is attractive yet not over the top in fancy decoration. These are in alphabetical order, not in order of preference.

  1. Badger Woodworking
  2. Close Grain
  3. Dan’s Shop
  4. Frugal Woodworking
  5. Galloototron
  6. Joel’s Blog at Tools for Working Wood
  7. Logan Cabinet Shoppe
  8. Lost Art Press
  9. Musings from the Workshop
  10. Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notes
  11. Popular Woodworking & their Editor’s Blog
  12. Rough Wood
  13. The Love of Wood
  14. The Part-Time Woodworker
  15. The Renaissance Woodworker
  16. The Unplugged Workshop
  17. The Village Carpenter
  18. The Woodshop Bug
  19. Wood’n Bits Workshop
  20. Woodworking for Kids