Podcast Episode 77: Michael Pekovich Interview
Mike, the Creative Director at Fine Woodworking magazine, has some interesting things to say on the craft of working with your hands.
Okay everybody, two special programming notes right off the bat. First off, this show, recorded before the Remodeling Show and DeckExpo, happens to fall right in the middle of our show coverage, including five special “Live from the Show Floor” episodes. We did not want to miss our scheduled Friday podcast, and we want to get the Remodeling Show episodes up too, so we are just posting everything willy nilly as it comes in. We figure you all are clever boys and girls who won’t be too confused, or, okay, who won’t mind too much even if it is confusing! Second off, this particular episode is an interview with sister publication Fine Woodworking’s Mike Pekovich. Like Justin says in the episode, “it’s a slight departure, but we think it will be a really cool show.” There’s a lot of great crossover appeal here, so sit back and enjoy.
In this episode, show regulars Justin Fink, Brian Pontolilo, and Rob Yagid talk with Mike, one of the “pods” on the Shop Talk Live podcast and the Creative Director at Fine Woodworking. You may sense a little friendly rivalry between Fine Homebuilding and Fine Woodworking, two sister magazines here at Taunton Press. But it’s all in good fun — we love our old friends at FWW … mostly.
The guys talk about Mike’s custom cabinets, which he made and then wrote about for us at FHB a bunch of years ago. Check that out here, and also see more links for Mike below. The conversation ranges over framing, furniture making, hand tools vs power tools, and how sharp your hand tools really need to be.
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Other links related to this issue:
- Mike’s 2008 FHB kitchen cabinet article: A Kitchen for Cooks and Kids.
- Mike’s garage workshop that the guys talked about.
- Another 150-odd articles by Mike in Fine Woodworking magazine.
- Mike recommends a book by James Krenov: A Cabinetmaker’s Notebook.
- The biweekly Shop Talk Live podcast.
- The Fine Woodworking website.
- Articles at Fine Woodworking on How to Sharpen Tools.
- Here’s all our coverage of the 2017 Remodeling Show and DeckExpo.
- All FHB podcast show notes: FineHomebuilding.com/podcast.
- Buy a shirt at KeepCraftAlive.org.