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Our mission is to explore how different virtues influence the way we live and work in the shop, how virtues contribute to the fruitfulness of our labor, and highlight those who are making significant contributions to this great woodworking community.

Latest Episodes

Episode 10: Mentors (Role Models: Part 2)

In our tenth episode we talk about value of mentors in our development as woodworkers. Mentoring is an intentional relationship focused around personal and professional skills development of an individual. There were three points of reflection we discussed: Humility –I can’t accept the wisdom of a wise man unless I can come to terms with the reality that I still have something to learn Investment – You get out what you put into a relationship. Take the first step by investing in them Openness – We all have something to offer. Be open to giving of yourself, too Weekly Challenge Is there a skill that you’re interested in learning? Who are individuals that can help you with that skill? What have you invested in those individuals, or what can you invest? Be sure to let us know on social media by tagging us and using the hashtag #stayvirtuous so everyone can find the conversation and join in! Especially, those of you that have a different perspective as a full-time or part-time wood...

47 MIN2017 MAR 5
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Episode 10: Mentors (Role Models: Part 2)

Episode 9.1 – Craig Thibodeau Interview

This week we interview our featured craftsman from episode 9, Craig Thibodeau (Instagram, Website). Craig is a phenomenally talented fine furniture maker who specializes in inlays, marquetry, and parquetry. He has been featured in dozens of magazines and websites, and his work is truly exceptional. We had the pleasure of speaking with him on a range of topics, and are excited to share it with you. Unfortunately, we had a technical issue with the recording and lost a bit of the end which is quite unfortunate. That said, there is still a great deal of wisdom and insights from a true master and we do hope you enjoy. Stay virtuous! Craig’s Role Models Paul Schurch Patrick Edwards James Krenov George Nakashima Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann Abraham and David Roentgen

36 MIN2017 FEB 25
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Episode 9.1 – Craig Thibodeau Interview

Episode 9: Patron Saints of Woodworking (Role Models: Part 1)

In our ninthepisode we talk about a few of the patron saints of woodworking: Patron Saint: heavenly advocate of a nation, place, craft, activity, class, clan, family or person. Catholics believe that patron saints, having already transcended to the metaphysical, are able to intercede effectively for the needs of their special charges. St. Wolfgang of Regensburg (934-994) – Feast Day: October 31 St. Joseph (father of Jesus) – Feast Days: March 19 (Joseph, Husband of Mary) and May 1 (Joseph the Worker) St. Nicholas Owen (1562-1606) – Feast Day: March 22 Weekly Challenge Do you have any patron saints or role models in woodworking? What did you glean from these saints’ stories? Be sure to let us know on social media by tagging us and using the hashtag #stayvirtuous so everyone can find the conversation and join in! Especially, those of you that have a different perspective as a full-time or part-time woodworker. Featured Craftsman Craig Thibodeau –Handmade furniture, veneering, mar...

55 MIN2017 FEB 18
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Episode 9: Patron Saints of Woodworking (Role Models: Part 1)

Episode 8.1: Mary May Interview

This weekwe interview our Featured Craftsman from Episode 8, Mary May (Website, Carving School, Instagram, YouTube). Mary has been wood carving for 25 years, and her experience shows in the exceptional quality of her work. Shehad the opportunity to begin her career under the direction of an expert carver, Constantino, who taught her the traditional carvings methods she still uses today. After building a successful career in commissioned work, Mary has increasingly moved in the direction ofteaching. With Mary’s online school, sheis preserving this incredible art form for generations withquality educational videos covering all aspects of wood carving. We hope you enjoy hearing her story and learning from one of the great woodworkers of our time.

54 MIN2017 FEB 4
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Episode 8.1: Mary May Interview

Episode 8: Patience in the Shop (with can’t miss Blooper Reel!)

In our eighth episode wehad the pleasure of speaking with Daniel Taylor (Instagram) about the virtue of patience in the shop. Patience is the virtue of staying calm in the face of adversity, responding with meekness instead of anger. Patience is a remedy for anger and a source of self-control. “In sickness and ill fortune, in the difficulties of our occupations, in our weaknesses, let us have serenity of mind, for the love of God: ‘And bear fruit in patience’ (Luke 8:15).” Weekly Challenge What methods of preventing impatience do you use? When do you lose patience while woodworking? What can you do to be more patient in those situations? Be sure to let us know on social media by tagging us and using the hashtag #stayvirtuous so everyone can find the conversation and join in! Especially, those of you that have a different perspective as a full-time or part-time woodworker. Featured Craftsman Mary May– Expert Woodcarver– (Instagram, Website) Additional Show Notes Adam and Daniel...

68 MIN2017 JAN 28
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Episode 8: Patience in the Shop (with can’t miss Blooper Reel!)

Episode 7.1: Corey Morgan Interview

This week, Adam interviews our Featured Craftsman from Episode 7, Corey Morgan of Corey Morgan Woodworks (Website, Instagram, Facebook).

49 MIN2017 JAN 21
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Episode 7.1: Corey Morgan Interview

Episode 7: The Woodworker’s Journey and Faith

In our seventhepisode we explore the virtue offaith and the parallels to our journey as woodworkers.Faith is the theological virtue by which we believe in God and believe all that he has said and revealed to us … because he is truth itself. By faith “man freely commits his entire self to God.” For this reason the believer seeks to know and do God’s will. But “faith apart from works is dead”: so we strive to make our every action informed by faith and ordered toward the edification of ourselves and others. We should always seek to put into action that which we profess. Thanks to our awesome listeners who chimed in on last Episode’s challenge, especiallyAdam (@catholicwhiskydad). Weekly Challenge How do you see woodworking as a journey, and where are you on that journey? If you are a man or woman of faith, how does it relate to your woodworking? If not, what higher purpose does your woodworking serve (i.e., outside of yourself)? Be sure to let us know on social media by tagging...

54 MIN2017 JAN 15
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Episode 7: The Woodworker’s Journey and Faith

Episode 6.2: Guy Dunlap Interview

In place of our normal episode this week, we’re releasing an interview that Jonathan did a while back with Guy Dunlap of Guy’s Woodshop (Instagram, YouTube). We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming next week with Episode 7, The Woodworker’s Journey and Faith. Stay virtuous!

41 MIN2017 JAN 7
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Episode 6.2: Guy Dunlap Interview

Episode 6.1: Joseph Tyler Interview

This week, Adam interviews our Featured Craftsman, Joseph Tyler of Furnished By Frassati (Instagram, Etsy).

43 MIN2016 DEC 31
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Episode 6.1: Joseph Tyler Interview

Episode 6: Family and Charity

In our sixthepisode we explore the virtue ofcharity and how we share our time, talent, and treasure with our family. Charity is the theological virtue by which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God. By loving one another, the disciples imitate the love of Jesus which they themselves receive. The practice of all the virtues is animated and inspired by charity, which “binds everything together in perfect harmony.” Thanks to our awesome listeners who chimed in on last Episode’s challenge, especially Aaron(@lazarus.design.build) and Tim(@timbroderickjr). Weekly Challenge How do you use your time, talent, and treasure out of charity for your family? Be sure to let us know on social media by tagging us and using the hashtag #stayvirtuous so everyone can find the conversation and join in! Additional Resources Home Depot’s family building activities Frank Howarth’s doll house Steve Ramsey’s candle holder Boy Scouts Store – wo...

63 MIN2016 DEC 24
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Episode 6: Family and Charity

Latest Episodes

Episode 10: Mentors (Role Models: Part 2)

In our tenth episode we talk about value of mentors in our development as woodworkers. Mentoring is an intentional relationship focused around personal and professional skills development of an individual. There were three points of reflection we discussed: Humility –I can’t accept the wisdom of a wise man unless I can come to terms with the reality that I still have something to learn Investment – You get out what you put into a relationship. Take the first step by investing in them Openness – We all have something to offer. Be open to giving of yourself, too Weekly Challenge Is there a skill that you’re interested in learning? Who are individuals that can help you with that skill? What have you invested in those individuals, or what can you invest? Be sure to let us know on social media by tagging us and using the hashtag #stayvirtuous so everyone can find the conversation and join in! Especially, those of you that have a different perspective as a full-time or part-time wood...

47 MIN2017 MAR 5
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Episode 10: Mentors (Role Models: Part 2)

Episode 9.1 – Craig Thibodeau Interview

This week we interview our featured craftsman from episode 9, Craig Thibodeau (Instagram, Website). Craig is a phenomenally talented fine furniture maker who specializes in inlays, marquetry, and parquetry. He has been featured in dozens of magazines and websites, and his work is truly exceptional. We had the pleasure of speaking with him on a range of topics, and are excited to share it with you. Unfortunately, we had a technical issue with the recording and lost a bit of the end which is quite unfortunate. That said, there is still a great deal of wisdom and insights from a true master and we do hope you enjoy. Stay virtuous! Craig’s Role Models Paul Schurch Patrick Edwards James Krenov George Nakashima Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann Abraham and David Roentgen

36 MIN2017 FEB 25
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Episode 9.1 – Craig Thibodeau Interview

Episode 9: Patron Saints of Woodworking (Role Models: Part 1)

In our ninthepisode we talk about a few of the patron saints of woodworking: Patron Saint: heavenly advocate of a nation, place, craft, activity, class, clan, family or person. Catholics believe that patron saints, having already transcended to the metaphysical, are able to intercede effectively for the needs of their special charges. St. Wolfgang of Regensburg (934-994) – Feast Day: October 31 St. Joseph (father of Jesus) – Feast Days: March 19 (Joseph, Husband of Mary) and May 1 (Joseph the Worker) St. Nicholas Owen (1562-1606) – Feast Day: March 22 Weekly Challenge Do you have any patron saints or role models in woodworking? What did you glean from these saints’ stories? Be sure to let us know on social media by tagging us and using the hashtag #stayvirtuous so everyone can find the conversation and join in! Especially, those of you that have a different perspective as a full-time or part-time woodworker. Featured Craftsman Craig Thibodeau –Handmade furniture, veneering, mar...

55 MIN2017 FEB 18
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Episode 9: Patron Saints of Woodworking (Role Models: Part 1)

Episode 8.1: Mary May Interview

This weekwe interview our Featured Craftsman from Episode 8, Mary May (Website, Carving School, Instagram, YouTube). Mary has been wood carving for 25 years, and her experience shows in the exceptional quality of her work. Shehad the opportunity to begin her career under the direction of an expert carver, Constantino, who taught her the traditional carvings methods she still uses today. After building a successful career in commissioned work, Mary has increasingly moved in the direction ofteaching. With Mary’s online school, sheis preserving this incredible art form for generations withquality educational videos covering all aspects of wood carving. We hope you enjoy hearing her story and learning from one of the great woodworkers of our time.

54 MIN2017 FEB 4
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Episode 8.1: Mary May Interview

Episode 8: Patience in the Shop (with can’t miss Blooper Reel!)

In our eighth episode wehad the pleasure of speaking with Daniel Taylor (Instagram) about the virtue of patience in the shop. Patience is the virtue of staying calm in the face of adversity, responding with meekness instead of anger. Patience is a remedy for anger and a source of self-control. “In sickness and ill fortune, in the difficulties of our occupations, in our weaknesses, let us have serenity of mind, for the love of God: ‘And bear fruit in patience’ (Luke 8:15).” Weekly Challenge What methods of preventing impatience do you use? When do you lose patience while woodworking? What can you do to be more patient in those situations? Be sure to let us know on social media by tagging us and using the hashtag #stayvirtuous so everyone can find the conversation and join in! Especially, those of you that have a different perspective as a full-time or part-time woodworker. Featured Craftsman Mary May– Expert Woodcarver– (Instagram, Website) Additional Show Notes Adam and Daniel...

68 MIN2017 JAN 28
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Episode 8: Patience in the Shop (with can’t miss Blooper Reel!)

Episode 7.1: Corey Morgan Interview

This week, Adam interviews our Featured Craftsman from Episode 7, Corey Morgan of Corey Morgan Woodworks (Website, Instagram, Facebook).

49 MIN2017 JAN 21
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Episode 7.1: Corey Morgan Interview

Episode 7: The Woodworker’s Journey and Faith

In our seventhepisode we explore the virtue offaith and the parallels to our journey as woodworkers.Faith is the theological virtue by which we believe in God and believe all that he has said and revealed to us … because he is truth itself. By faith “man freely commits his entire self to God.” For this reason the believer seeks to know and do God’s will. But “faith apart from works is dead”: so we strive to make our every action informed by faith and ordered toward the edification of ourselves and others. We should always seek to put into action that which we profess. Thanks to our awesome listeners who chimed in on last Episode’s challenge, especiallyAdam (@catholicwhiskydad). Weekly Challenge How do you see woodworking as a journey, and where are you on that journey? If you are a man or woman of faith, how does it relate to your woodworking? If not, what higher purpose does your woodworking serve (i.e., outside of yourself)? Be sure to let us know on social media by tagging...

54 MIN2017 JAN 15
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Episode 7: The Woodworker’s Journey and Faith

Episode 6.2: Guy Dunlap Interview

In place of our normal episode this week, we’re releasing an interview that Jonathan did a while back with Guy Dunlap of Guy’s Woodshop (Instagram, YouTube). We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming next week with Episode 7, The Woodworker’s Journey and Faith. Stay virtuous!

41 MIN2017 JAN 7
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Episode 6.2: Guy Dunlap Interview

Episode 6.1: Joseph Tyler Interview

This week, Adam interviews our Featured Craftsman, Joseph Tyler of Furnished By Frassati (Instagram, Etsy).

43 MIN2016 DEC 31
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Episode 6.1: Joseph Tyler Interview

Episode 6: Family and Charity

In our sixthepisode we explore the virtue ofcharity and how we share our time, talent, and treasure with our family. Charity is the theological virtue by which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God. By loving one another, the disciples imitate the love of Jesus which they themselves receive. The practice of all the virtues is animated and inspired by charity, which “binds everything together in perfect harmony.” Thanks to our awesome listeners who chimed in on last Episode’s challenge, especially Aaron(@lazarus.design.build) and Tim(@timbroderickjr). Weekly Challenge How do you use your time, talent, and treasure out of charity for your family? Be sure to let us know on social media by tagging us and using the hashtag #stayvirtuous so everyone can find the conversation and join in! Additional Resources Home Depot’s family building activities Frank Howarth’s doll house Steve Ramsey’s candle holder Boy Scouts Store – wo...

63 MIN2016 DEC 24
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Episode 6: Family and Charity