Author Archives: Sam

About Sam

Young, good-looking, manly--you get the picture. Novice woodworker with just too much rolling around upstairs to keep to myself. Random thoughts, philosophical questions, the occasional flash of insight or just dumb luck that needs to be shared with anyone who cares.

Log Lifting Success!

O.k., so I’m sitting here in the shop, no kidding, and I have two chainsaws torn apart, I’m dirty, and I’m thinking, “sawdust (and my personal favorite, wood shavings) is clean dirt.  Everything else is just dirt”.  And I’m dirty.  … Continue reading

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Log Lifting Arch

Well, have I been having a lot of fun over the last few weeks here at the ol’ Bronze Oak Leaf Shop.  I dusted off the welder, invited up a friend, and turned out a well-made and extremely useful tool.  … Continue reading

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SQUIRREL! (and other shiny distractions)

O.k., I had to lead with this pic because I’m super happy with this project.  It is, however, the squirrel that led me to look away from what I was doing at the time. Let me explain; I had a … Continue reading

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Bronze Oak Leaf Down!

I know I haven’t blogged in a while, but have I got a story for you. After a sudden, inexplicable, and super-scary health issue, I’ve been given at least a month off work.  I know; what’s the problem with that? … Continue reading

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The “Iron Oak Leaf”?

  Well, how do I begin?  This is not sawdust. No matter how much I try, I just can’t get away from the “greasemonkey” side of The Bronze Oak Leaf.  And even when the work is fun, I still get dirty. … Continue reading

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Shop Stools

Okay- dude; I can’t make this stuff up. Another great day in the shop, sitting on my second prototype; and this is the one I think I’ll keep. A brief history of my way of building:  I’ve never reproduced anything … Continue reading

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Shop Tour II

These are the kinds of days I live for. It’s a beautiful, white, and chilly day, and here I am, nestled in my own little wooded corner of the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, where a man’s handshake is as good … Continue reading

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