Spotlight on LJ Member Tom Fidgen

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 01-19-2010 09:38 PM 1835 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I used to subscribe to just about every woodworking magazine out there. I have cut back to only a couple total now but I still peruse them all at the local book store.

Today I picked up the current issue of Popular Woodworking #181 and found an article by LJ member Tom Fidgen.

The article found on page 58 is an excerpt from his newly released book Made By Hand. I own a copy of this book and love it. It is a hard bound book, well constructed, and full of wonderful information and images. It also comes with a DVD to watch Tom in his shop.

The magazine article gives instruction for constructing a beautiful tool chest that is made for traveling. Carrying this tool chest on a job would absolutely radiate your passion as a craftsman and I urge you to check it out.

I think that it is great we have such a talented and masterful craftsman here on LJ that is being published in books, magazines, and being seen on TV and internet programing.

Be sure to check him out, he is a true craftsman that demonstrates my motto-

Share the Love~Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 01-19-2010 09:51 PM

very kind words- thank you.
I’m happy to hear you’re enjoying the book. Feedback like this makes the 16 months it took of writing really worth while!
all the best.
check out my new website for full sketch up models, bench plans with expanded galleries and after thoughts of all six book projects-

-- tom fidgen,

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 01-19-2010 09:53 PM

Wow – that is a lot of work. Way more than I imagined. You keep ratcheting up on my respect-o-meter and you started out pretty high at the beginning anyway.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 01-19-2010 11:25 PM

With any luck some copies will find their way to the philippines. At least I still have toms blog that continues to inspire me.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#4 posted 01-19-2010 11:30 PM

Hey Todd,

Did you happen to catch this REVIEW I did on his book? Check it out if you haven’t already.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#5 posted 01-20-2010 12:02 AM

Blake – Yes, I even commented on it.

I mentioned it again because of the magazine article is directly excerpted from the book.

Kiwi – You make me appreciate the resources I have local and convenient.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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