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Tico Vogt Blog

  1. In a Public House

     

    I had an hour to kill at lunchtime in Fort Edward, a small city on the eastern shore of the Hudson River, and I thought to give an Irish pub a try. Burgoyne Avenue is named for the British general who passed through in October 1777 on his way to eventual defeat at [...]

  2. Build A Smarter Sawbuck

    The purpose of the Smarter Sawbuck from Vogt Toolworks is to cut firewood to uniform lengths without measuring, making the process convenient and efficient. Its ergonomic design with open bays allows the operator to stand in close without leaning, adding to safety and comfort.

    Set an end of the log or pole flush with the [...]

  3. Renouncing Privilege

    In the year since the mass outrage committed at the Stoneman Douglas School, the question has loomed large in my mind of how hatred forms, why it underpins so much of human existence, why we repeatedly are unable to take stock of its presence, our choosing, or not, to educate ourselves to contend with it, [...]

  4. Charlie and the Alligator

    One afternoon in the spring of 1970 a friend and I had an experience on the Hillsboro Canal in south eastern Florida which I have never forgotten. In my family’s Boston Whaler I used to take friends swimming and water skiing on the straight section below the final lock, or water control structure.

     

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  5. Third Generation Decline: It’s For Real!

    A subtopic under the generally sore topic of immigration in the United States is the phenomenon of Third Generation Decline. We may like to believe that progress is continual for Americans beginning with the first generation of immigrants, but that is myth. The proof on the ground points in the opposite direction: “By the third [...]

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Testimonials

Bob,

Just a quick note to say how much I appreciated and benefitted from the recent 5 week intensive. I hope you get as much satisfaction in teaching it as we received knowledge from the class. I didn’t return with a trinket, a box or a table … but I did return with a better understanding of workmanship and the process to get there. That was exactly what I was looking for.

The dovetails continue to improve (someday they’ll meet my standards), the L-fence is already on the saw and you gave me sufficient challenges to keep me busy for some time.

I hope our paths cross again.

Best,

Butch

5/21/2021

Bob,

Thanks for the last five weeks. This was one of the best learning experiences I have ever had. Thanks for your patience and I look forward to taking more courses in the future. Meanwhile, this summer, I'll keep practicing dovetails and I'll look forward to seeing you at the open house. 

Myles