High-strength and solvent-free hardwax oils

Italian made Maxi Oil and L’Olio are the newest hardwax oils to enter the Canadian market, and both are available from Tegs Tools.

Maxi Oil is a high strength hardwax oil specifically designed for wood floors. It offers excellent resistance against foot traffic and chemical spills. Maxi Oil is easy to apply, with no brushstrokes, thanks to its long drying time. It’s available in 4 transparent gloss levels and in numerous colours in a matt sheen.

L’Olio is a solvent-free hardwax oil made from natural oils and hard waxes. It is 100% solid and has an extremely high yield so you can complete a floor finishing cycle in one coat.

maxi oil
lolio oil

Intarsia, art in wood

For those not familiar with Intarsia, it’s defined as “a mosaic of wood fitted and glued into a wooden support popular in 15th century Italy for decoration”. To a woodworker, Intarsia is the process of making this art.

For more than 30 years, Judy Gale Roberts has been the driving force behind the art form known as Intarsia. Her finished works and extensive array of patterns are second to none.

Although the design may come from Judy, every piece completed while following her instruction, becomes a one-of-a-kind. Why? Because no two pieces of wood are the same and no two woodworkers will shape each piece the same.

Workshop Supply maintains over 400 of Judy’s patterns right here in Canada, ready for pickup or quick shipment to your door. Visit their web page to see for yourself the many designs of Judy Gale Roberts.


Book/curio shelf

I’m passionate about giving castoffs new life. This shelf is made from a discarded pile of survey sticks and wood left in a field to rot, plus some maple veneer shelving rescued from another garbage pile. This junk – this garbage – has life again. Hopefully it’ll continue to live.

The wood is either pine or spruce and maple veneer plywood. Joinery is mortise and tenon, rabbet and dado. The unit measures 10″D x 22″W x 44″H. It’s finished with several coats of linseed oil.

I’ve added a hidden compartment just because it’s cool.

bookshelf with secret compartment
book/curio shelf

Two wolf heads

I do a lot of scroll sawing – this is one of my recent projects. It’s done on a De Walt 788 scroll saw. The wood is beechnut.

wolf head

Axes forged with tradition

Are you looking for a small hatchet, a large splitting axe, a carpenter axe, a hunting axe or a throwing axe? Hultafors axes are hand forged from Swedish steel and manufactured at Hults Bruk in the Swedish province of Östergötland, where the forging tradition goes as far back as 1697.

Axe heads are forged from Swedish axe steel of a consistently high quality. The steel is struck many times until the axe attains its final form. It’s a costly method, but this increases the density of the steel and thereby the durability and life of the axe, particularly if you compare it to axes that are forged with only a few strikes.

The hardening method leaves a clear hard zone within which the axe can be sharpened while not detracting from the strength of the edge. Used correctly, Hultafors axes can last for generations.

Visit Big Bear Tools, the Canadian distributor for Hultafors, to find a dealer near you or to inquire about becoming a dealer.

hultafors axes