In order to understand, you must do.

I can’t imagine a life without woodworking. Working with my hands, solving design challenges and creating objects out of wood that I know will outlast me and hopefully my daughter is part of what I am. In a world full of disposable junk, it’s nice to know what I make will stand the test of time.

There is far too much time spent discussing the tools one uses in this woodworking adventure and not enough time on the making. It doesn’t matter if you are working in a 40 sq ft with nothing but hand tools or in 1000 sq ft with every machine and power tool available. What matters is the making. Whether you’re making high-end studio furniture or cutting boards isn’t the point. The point is making stuff with your own hands. Stuff that has a story other than “I bought this a ‘X’ box store”.

So head to the bench, make something and remember, “In order to understand, you must do”. - Vic


Who is Vic Tesolin?

I'm a veteran of the Canadian Army where I served for 14 yrs in the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. After my honorable discharge, I was a student at Rosewood Studio where I studied furniture design and making under the guidance of some of North America's top furniture makers. I ran my own studio furniture business designing and crafting furniture by commission while working at Rosewood as a part-time instructor and craftsman in residence. I realized that making the type of furniture I liked to make didn't make me much money so I went in search for a real job. I then took the helm at Canadian Woodworking magazine as editor.

Currently, I'm the Technical Advisor at Lee Valley Tools. I still design and build furniture in a modest shop in my home in Carleton Place, Ontario. Having a full time job allows me the ability to build what I want ... gone are the days of making things simply to 'pay the bills'.

I'm also the author of The Minimalist Woodworker. This book encourages people who can't run machines because of noise, dust, lack of space or budget, to woodwork with hand tools.