The Newest Traditional Woodworker

//The Newest Traditional Woodworker


Forgive me for such a personal post, but I want to introduce you to the world’s newest traditional woodworker: Baby Ethan Farnsworth! (sorry about the cheesy video above, but it was fun to make). My beautiful wife Laura was a champ bringing such a big 10 pound baby boy into this world.


Baby Ethan gave us a scare when he came out not breathing, but an amazing hospital staff resuscitated him and nursed him back to health over the next week.


I know, I know, he looks more like an astronaut, but trust me…he will become a woodworker!

Here are a few more special photos of this huge baby who is destined to build beautiful furniture with handplanes and handsaws:






A very proud papa (for the 4th time):


Home from the hospital…


…and already a comedian:



If you send your congratulations below (in a comment) I’ll make sure I send it to Baby Ethan!


About the Author:

Joshua loves mixing his passion for traditional hand tool woodworking with his ability to teach in a simple manner. He lives on a small farm in Earlysville, Virginia with his wife and four children, and builds furniture in his workshop / woodworking school.

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Byron Van Vlack

Congratulations! Enjoy every moment! B


Congratulations to you and your wife on the birth of Baby Ethan!

Hi Joshua, Laura and family! To Ethan … Welcome to the world little buddy! Your Daddy is going to teach you the finest trade, so look forward to it! To Laura and Joshua … The Lovell-Shippey Tribe, (Berkhamsted, England), send you the heartiest congratulations on the birth of Ethan! The little lad looks well, and a lot like the both of you. Well done Laura! You don’t know me, I’m afraid. I’m new to your site, and very new to the Trade. I have no idea what I’m doing, but am very passionate about woodworking with traditional tools. I want… Read more »
Bill White

Whoa! 10 pounds?
You’re gonna need to get another loan to feed that feller.
Congrats on the birth, Glad all is well.


Well Joshua, congratulations, you just discovered someone that brings more wild passion than traditional woodworking.
I would understand if we loose you…for sometime OK?

Blessings for this gorgeous baby, your wife, and the proud father!!


Congrats on the new addition. It looks like many miracles happened for him to be with you today. He looks good and healthy now. Hope he sticks with the craft.


Congratulations! I loved the video and definitely have to try his planing technique ;)
Being the first time father of a 2 month old baby girl, I understand your happiness and desire to share it with the rest of the world. Thankfully my wife and I didn’t have to go through a scary situation like yours, I can only imagine how difficult it must have been. So all the best for the future for your family!
Greetings from Germany,

Hi Joshua, a hearty welcome to Ethan and all the best for you all! Just don’t be to expectant of your children, that there will take up your hobby or trade! Was born as the only son of a Farmer and was expected to take over the family farm. I suffered from it for almost 36 years. Now I’m on the way becoming a professional woodworker and I’m as happy as never before! I know it’s was meant as a joke and with Ethan being your 4th child you aren’t as serious about things as with your first children (being… Read more »

Late to the party, but congratulations! Just discovered your site, a firm favourite already. Cheers, Ned

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