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Blog entry by swirt posted 07-10-2010 02:16 PM 1800 reads 9 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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… The ones I would keep if I had to narrow it down to 20.  Keep in mind, that these fit MY preferences for old hand tools, natural woodworking, and furniture that is attractive or clever yet not over the top in fancy decoration. These are in alphabetical order, not in order of preference.

Badger Woodworking
Close Grain
Dan's Shop
Frugal Woodworking
Galloototron
Joel's Blog at Tools for Working Wood
Logan Cabinet Shoppe
Lost Art Press
Musings from the Workshop
Peter Follansbee, joiner's notes
Popular Woodworking & their Editor's Blog
Rough Wood
The Love of Wood
The Part-Time Woodworker
The Renaissance Woodworker
The Unplugged Workshop
The Village Carpenter
The Woodshop Bug
Wood'n Bits Workshop
Woodworking for Kids

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com



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canadianchips

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#1 posted 07-10-2010 04:31 PM

Thanks for the tips on blogs.
Somehow I usually find things by accident. Having others pass on info. is nice.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 07-10-2010 04:33 PM

Enjoy

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Tim Dahn

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#3 posted 07-10-2010 04:57 PM

Thanks canadianchips, A couple more to consider.

http://oudluthier.blogspot.com/
http://www.cianperez.com/

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#4 posted 07-10-2010 10:56 PM

here is one I´m pretty sure you will like to read

http://www.wkfinetools.com/

take care
Dennis

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swirt

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#5 posted 07-11-2010 06:17 AM

@Dennis, You are absolutely right. I enjoy wkfinetools.com a lot. There are fantastic articles on there from the likes of Bob Smalser and Chris Schwarz. I enjoy them all and often end up finding them when I am looking for something specific. My only complaint with the site is that it has no RSS feed so there is no way of having it notify my reader when something is updates, and the articles are not dated so I often find I start reading one of the articles and then part way through realize that I had already read it some time ago. So the implementation of it being a blog is a little weird, which is why I didn’t included it in the list, but the information and articles are top notch.

@Timbo – Thanks for the suggestion on the oudluthier blog. I just read through some of it and enjoyed it. Ordinarily I wouldn’t have looked at it on my own, because I am not into instrument production (just not my thing) but I was really impressed by some of the very clever techniques the author uses. That little bow lathe was very cool. I added the feed to my reader. The CianPerez site has some great articles from other people which makes me wonder if he has permission to post them (he does give credit to the author). It is a great collection (some from some of my favorite authors) but it also suffers from the same shortcoming as wkfinetools.com, there is no rss feed and the articles don’t appear in order. It is a great resource of info just like wkfinetools is.

Thanks for all the suggestions.

@Canadianchips I agree. I stumble into a lot as I make my way through one topic or another. And admittedly, sometimes the stumbling is kind of fun…. modern day version of hunting and gathering. ;) Often times it takes me a few reads before I really get a feel for the “typical” content of the blog and whether it matches my interests and style (both reading style and woodworking style).

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Tim Dahn

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#6 posted 07-11-2010 12:21 PM

I just realized I directed my earlier reply to canadianchips DOH!, I trust that wasn’t too confusing.

Anyway, thanks swirt and be sure to check out the bench build on the oudluthier blog…nice!

another one:
http://www.evenfallstudios.com/woodworks/

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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Dennisgrosen

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#7 posted 07-11-2010 02:02 PM

Swirt
what you said about the site is right but that seems to be the isue with
at least those I have discovered has some of the most useful things for
people who starting on the handtools highway with a wish to work like a gentleman (silent)
as a newbie with a slow progress to woodworking (low budget) and still
surching for the basic tools (used) I have learned a lot from sites like this one

Dennis

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fineamerican

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#8 posted 07-11-2010 03:58 PM

Swirt-
I started a blog and attached it to my site. www.thomaswoodworker.com link the daily grind. Its mostly some older projects, but hopefully as time progresses Ill be adding some more stuff to it. Im very new to blogging, but I like it alot. Its like keeping a online woodworking journel. Your right about the amount of info found on blogs, how does the rss feed work? Like I said Im a blogging rookie!

-- John A. Thomas, South Carolina, www.thomaswoodworker.com

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Blake

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#9 posted 07-11-2010 06:42 PM

Thanks for the list! I am going to check those out. And hopefully here is one more for your list…

http://blakeweber.blogspot.com/

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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swirt

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#10 posted 07-11-2010 08:07 PM

@fineamerican On your blog if you scroll all the way to the bottom you will see a link that says “subscribe to posts Atom” Atom is just one of a couple of formats for RSS (Real Simple Syndication). A person can add that link to their RSS Reader and then the reader will grab the updates every time you add a new post.

Some readers are separate software that run on your computer (outlook express has a reader built in) and some readers on online versions like Google Reader. I like Google Reader because I can use it from any computer with internet access. If I used a stand alone reader I would only be able to use it from the one specific computer that it is installed and setup on. Ether way the reader does all the checking for you. You don’t need to go visit each and every blog to see if an update has been made.

LumberJocks has a bunch of different RSS feeds (Lookfor the little orange and white icon that looks like you can subscribe to all projects, all forums, all reviews, or all blogs … or everything.

@Blake, thanks for the suggestion. I’ll go have a read ;)

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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DoctorDan

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#11 posted 07-18-2010 08:13 AM

Woohoo I made it to the list! What a privilege. Nice to know people appreciate the time that goes into blogging.

I’ve integrated the growing list of blogs I follow to my blog… http://theloveofwood.blogspot.com/p/blog-roll.html. Makes it easy to stay up to date.

-- Daniel - http://theloveofwood.blogspot.com/

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Al Navas

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#12 posted 07-18-2010 02:58 PM

Another list – it includes useful commercial sites, too, as well as links to magazine blogs, and web sites by terrific craftsmen like John Fry: http://sandal-woodsblog.com/links-2/

Enjoy!

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO, http://sandal-woodsblog.com

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swirt

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#13 posted 07-18-2010 03:11 PM

Daniel and Al, Thanks for the blog lists. I admit that a lot of what I have found and started following comes from finding a blog I like, then looking at blogs they recommend or read.

Al your blog is also excellent. I’ve been following and enjoying it for quite a while.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Al Navas

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#14 posted 07-18-2010 03:16 PM

You are welcome – and thanks for reading/following my blog!

We used to live in Fairport, about 50 yards from the Erie Canal. Left in 1982 – love the area! Anyone in the Finger Lakes Region of NY State – GORGEOUS countryside!

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO, http://sandal-woodsblog.com

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swirt

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#15 posted 07-18-2010 05:50 PM

Hey Al, small world. I didn’t know you were an upstate NewYorker at heart. ;) Fairport is a little over an hour away. Good luck with the rest of the deck re-build.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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