About The Author

20160623_155749[1]I have been interested in woodworking for many years, as a kid I enjoyed watching and helping my grandfather in his woodshop as he built things out of wood. He was self-taught, as am I, and derived a great deal of enjoyment from it, even in his final years when he was in poor health. My wife and I live in rural Nova Scotia, Canada in an 1870’s farmhouse where, as you can imagine, there is a lot of fixing up to do…woodworking / carpentry abilities can save you a lot of money sometimes…and sometimes not. My wife is a patient lady…I am a bit of an old tool junkie, and enjoy restoring vintage machines and hand tools as much as I enjoy using them. I hope you enjoy my ramblings, and maybe I can impart some measure of woodworking wisdom to those less experienced, and gain some knowledge myself on my journey.


Make it your ambition to live a quiet life, mind your own business, and work with your hands…

Steve Swantee

6 thoughts on “About The Author

  1. Been Jonesing to take a trip to Nova Scotia for many years now. Thus far, my only venture to the island was a 2:00 a.m. refueling stop in Halifax because the Airbus I was taking to Ireland couldn’t make the flight in one leap.

    It wasn’t very picturesque. But then, what airport is at 2:00 in the a.m.? I have higher hopes for the rest of the island…

    Once my 3 year old has another 3 years on him, maybe we’ll take the trip.

    Anyway, welcome to the woodworking blog community! Looks like you’re off to a good start!




  2. Hi I was curious what else you know about the sliding bevel in your July 29, 2015 post? You don’t give any details and I am curious because I found an identical one among my great-grandfather’s things and would like to know more.


    • Hi Brooke, unfortunately I can’t tell you much about the bevel…there doesn’t appear to be any maker’s marks or manufacturer’s stamp anywhere on the tool, so I have no idea about it’s origins or age. The rosewood and brass are in excellent condition with a cast adjusting nut, and the blade of the bevel appears to be blued for protection. I wish I could tell you more, it appears to have been well taken care of . If you would like some better pictures or measurements of the tool to compare to your great grandfather’s bevel I would be happy to write a blog post on it with the details for you if that would be helpful…just let me know!


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