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52 Boxes In 52 Weeks

SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2018 Review: 52 Boxes In 52 Weeks, By Matt Kenney 52 Boxes In 52 Weeks, The Taunton Press, $24.95, 224pp, May, 2018Full disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for review.This is a wonderful design book by Fine Woodworking senior editor Matt Kenney. It's the result of a challenge he set for himself to practice his design skills: design and build a small box every week for a year.The boxes are largely simple in construction, using a limited set of techniques, since the construction process was not the main point of the exercise. Instead, he explores a wide range of shape, proportion, materials, and decoration.The idea is that like any other skill,...

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source of enjoyment and satisfaction

WOOD TURNING – A SOURCE OF ENJOYMENT AND SATISFACTION I am not what some term a “production” wood turner.  This simply means, to me, that I do not derive my living wage from this activity.  More likely, I spend a good deal of my wage to support my habit by purchasing tools and materials.  Instead, I do this sort of work because I enjoy it.  Completing a pen or bowl that looks and feels good makes me feel good, it creates a sense of happiness inside my being.  And, I hope, some of that happiness and satisfaction transfers to whoever uses or owns one of the items I have made   TURNED ITEMS FOR SENTIMENT, NOT PROFIT If you are...

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Modern types of pens

The main modern types of pens can be categorized by the kind of writing tip or point on the pen: An inexpensive Bic Cristal ballpoint pen A ballpoint pen dispenses an oil-based ink by rolling a small hard sphere, usually 0.5–1.2 mm and made of brass, steel, or tungsten carbide.[3] The ink dries almost immediately on contact with paper. The ballpoint pen is usually reliable and comes in both inexpensive and expensive types. It has replaced the fountain pen as the most common tool for everyday writing. (There are certain ballpoint pens combining multiple colours in a single barrel; the writer or artist may depress the tip with the desired colour.) A luxury ballpoint pen A rollerball pen dispenses a water-based...

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