Picking the woodworking blogs you like, and putting them together in a reader* (so that new posts are immediately visible to you) is fun. It's almost like putting together your own personalized woodworking magazine. Or more like your own woodworking newspaper, because with a bunch of different blogs, you might be getting new content every day.
I like different blogs for different reasons. I read some just because they're very informative. I enjoy others because they're funny, and some even just because I've become interested in the blogger and enjoy following his or her woodworking projects.
Buzz Saw has started a blogroll, which will point you toward other interesting blogs along the same lines as ours. We'll introduce our first four picks to you here today (in no particular order), along with links to some of our favorite recent posts from each blog.
The Wood Whisperer, by Marc Spagnolo
This is one you've likely already heard of, and might follow already. There's a great mix of everything here: humor, reader projects, expert advice, news, Q & A — you name it. It's definitely a "must-read". Here are a couple fun posts:
The Village Carpenter, by Kari Hultman
Kari calls things as she sees them. She's an experienced woman's voice in the predominantly male world of woodworking. I don't mean in any way to imply that it's all about gender — not at all. Kari simply has a fresh and refreshing perspective on our favorite hobby that makes her blog a pleasure to read. (And I personally like her interest in historical tools and furniture making). A few recent favorite posts:
Channeling Dorothy Parker
On woodworking as a personal hobby.
Civil War Woodworking
Previews a historical woodworking book that will be out in September.
Men & Women: An Observation
The differences in the way men and women approach a new hobby.
The Renaissance Woodworker, by Shannon Rogers
It's fun to read along with Shannon's various woodworking projects! There's lots more, too: Here are two enjoyable postings that are mini-tours of Winterthur, the DuPont Estate in Delaware, focusing especially on the furniture collection and the woodworking shop.
Sawdust on the Floor, by The Jersey Woodworker
Chock full of reviews, detailed tips and techniques, and projects, this is a good, basic woodworking blog that the hobbyist will enjoy. A couple recent good informational posts:
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