Matthew Pioro

I'm the managing editor of Canadian Home Workshop magazine. I'm a sucker for Arts and Crafts furniture, as well as the smooth, clean lines of the Modernist styles. Give me an impact driver over a drill. And, no, I'd rather not do that mudding-and-taping job.

Recent Articles and Blog Posts

Stanley Works and Black & Decker: The First Mega-Tool Company

Stanley’s new sweetheart isn’t just its block plane, but a Maryland-based maker of power tools. Yesterday, Stanley Works announced that it would buy Black & Decker. This deal will create “the largest U.S. tool maker.”...

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Check Out Canadian Woodshop News & Review

Our regular contributors Michael Kampen, Don Kondra and Gord Graff have a website of their own called Canadian Woodshop News & Review. They have tool news, reviews and video. Looks great guys. Keep up the good...

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James Krenov, 1920-2009

Woodworker and founder of the College of the Redwoods Fine Furniture Program James Krenov died this Wednesday. His influence was wide ranging and includes our own Steve Maxwell. “Although I’ve never made anything that...

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Stanley, Sports and New Tools

Some days at the CHW office are tough. Today was not one of those days. The folks at Stanley unveiled some new tools this afternoon…in the press box at a Blue Jays game. I know: nice work if you can get it. The first tools to...

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Oscillating Multi-Tool Test in the Works

Here’s a sneak peek at something that will appear in an upcoming issue: a test of oscillating multi-tools. The machines getting put through their paces are the Fein Multimaster, the Bosch PS50, the Dremel Multi-Max, the Rockwell...

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Hendrik Varju’s Latest DVDs

Master craftsman and regular CHW contributor Hendrik Varju has just released two new instructional woodworking DVDs. Both Working with Plywood and Wood Science & Design are available through Hendrik’s website, Passion for...

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Reader on the EZ Smart System

Reader interaction keeps CHW sharp. The latest example: reader Todd Robertson from London, Ont., caught Steve Maxwell’s discussion of tracksaws. Steve mentioned products by DeWalt, Makita and Festool. The story reminded Todd of...

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A Very Safe Reminder

I don’t mean to be a downer, but September is just a few days away, which means the end of the outdoor DIY season is not too far behind. Some of us are feeling the pressure to get those outdoor projects done. Maybe there were...

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Workshop in the Woods

So last week, like many of us, I was away on vacation. My wife and I took off to the wilds of Algonquin Park for some canoeing and random moose sightings. It was a chance to get away from it all, leave things like work, especially...

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Plans for a Butterfly Table

                Reader Barbara emailed wondering about a butterfly table we once ran. Well, here it is for everyone to enjoy

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