Author Archives: Anthony Wilder

About Anthony Wilder

I am an artisan woodworker from Grand Rapids, MI. Woodworking is my passion and I do all my work with hand tools. We can learn a lot from past methods and mindsets and I am working towards teaching the lost art of working wood.

Folk Carving (A Wooden Sheep)

This is a quick “how to” on folk carving. I am by no means a master or even good at carving but this is folk carving so I don’t have to be. First up, I cut and split out a … Continue reading

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Folk Wooden Toys

This Winter will bring with it my wife and I’s first baby. This is an exciting time of preparation for us. I have been working on a set of folk toys for the coming youngster; the first of which is … Continue reading

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Autumn and Buttons

It’s Autumn and for me that means buttons. The weather is cooling, the kids are in school and the pace of life is relaxing. This time of year pairs so well with knitting and knitters need buttons. Button making is … Continue reading

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Ancient Egyptian Comb Revisited

About a year ago, I made a replica of an ancient Egyptian comb. I loved the project and have made several since. After some study I believe the blanks were originally sawn out and not split out. I believe the … Continue reading

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Make Your Own Wooden Bottle Opener

This is a simple project that can be done in an afternoon. I start with a length of walnut the size of my palm and thumb extended around 6 inches. Next I cut a piece of 1/2 inch brass about … Continue reading

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Craft in the 21st century

Working wood in the 21st century is all about the process. In an age where automation dominates the crafts and the excess and availability of goods is at its peak, woodworking and other hand crafts are largely reduced to hobby. … Continue reading

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More to life than this?

I often feel the grip of modern living tightening and stifling me. I have tried hard to keep the amount of screen time at a minimum but all the same technology and the fast pace of life keeps seeping back … Continue reading

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