Joshua’s Story

Joshua lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife and three children. Following Thoreau’s advice to “Simplify, simplify” he sold most of his big power woodworking tools, and invested in a workbench and traditional woodworking hand tools.  He works in a simple small space in his basement.

I’ve recently become wildly passionate about traditional woodworking with hand tools, and I want to spread the “good word”. This website facilitates my quest to learn traditional woodworking skills, then teach others what I’ve learned. This method reinforces my learning, and also helps other people to discover this ancient and noble trade. I’ve found that quite often I learn best from someone who has recently learned about a subject. I suppose it’s because they’re just focused on the fundamentals, and can see the struggles of other “newbies”. I hope you enjoy my videos, photos, and articles. Please feel free to leave constructive comments!” -Joshua Farnsworth