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Nov 21 2018

Wildfire Disaster: So Much to be Thankful For.

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It’s really hard to know what to say or how to start. We find ourselves going from being extremely busy, trying to take care of all the business of trying to put our lives back on track to wanting to be distracted so that we don’t dwell too long on our reflections. I think everybody does this.

So far they have found that 83 people have lost their lives in the Camp Fire. Paradise, California and its surrounding communities have been being searched by a team of nearly 800 people, are looking for those who were unable to escape. And after searching through hot debris and ash, now they are searching in what is going to be four days of heavy rain, that may cumulatively become 7 inches of rain and possible mud slides. They’re going to continue to search on Thanksgiving Day. We are very thankful for these people.

I have heard that there are well over 1000 law-enforcement personnel and I’m probably underestimating. I apologize for that. But they are going to be working on Thanksgiving to make sure that everybody and their property who are inside that wildfire zone will remain safe and secure. We are very thankful for those people. Police from every City in Butte County California, the Butte County Sheriff Department, and so many surrounding Sheriff’s Department and City police departments that I can’t even tell you where they have all come from to be here. The California Highway Patrol has every available resource that they can send this way, and there are even some California National Guard troops involved. We are very thankful for these people.

Over 5500 firefighters came from all over the western states to help fight this fire and I am sure many of them are still here, trying to finish this fire off, and the fire is still burning even though we have encountered our first day of reasonably heavy rain. They have worked very very hard to protect everything they possibly could. Eating smoke, working one of the hardest jobs with the greatest danger. They come on briefings on the television and tell us that they’re going to be here as our fire department until this is out. Those folks give up an awful lot to come out and do that for us wherever we may be when fire strikes. We are very thankful for these people.

So many churches and Community centers and Fairgrounds and community organizations have organized food drives, clothing drives, shelters, funding collections and so many things that I can’t even begin to list. Major corporations have donated and set up help. And I’m sure I’m not even scratching the surface, of what is being done to help all of the people who have been displaced and burned out by the Camp Fire. We are very thankful for all these people, and I apologize about all that I’m not even aware of.

So many people from the woodworking and making community, who follow my blog and newsletter have reached out with so much kindness. So many of you have helped to spread the word. shared information on your own blogs and newsletters, social media, by word of mouth. My wife and I are in awe, and extremely humbled by the help and concerns that you have shown for us. We are very thankful for all of you.

We were extremely lucky. We had made some preparations, and we had practiced our plan, but this fire was super fast, and even though we ran out of time and didn’t get everything out that we had listed in our plan, our plan helped us a lot, and like most plans that get tested in emergency situations, many things on that plan had to be adapted on the run. For what it’s worth, one of my biggest takeaways has been that having a plan and practicing that plan made a difference, and understanding that we had to situationally modify the plan as we went helped us too. A total of 13,503 homes have been destroyed, over 18,000 buildings in total. That is not a final count. The footage we have seen of our town is surreal. There was just so much fire.

We are staying with family for the foreseeable future. We have so much to be thankful for. We have so many people to be thankful for… All I can say is that my words pale in comparison to our feelings. Thank you.

We would like to wish so many people a Happy Thanksgiving. We hope to each and everyone of you spends Thanksgiving with as much joy and happiness as you can find that day whether it be with family or friends or even in your thoughts.

For those who have sent help and encouraging thoughts to us, please know that we are very thankful for you, and we are working to reply to each and every one of you. It’s a busy time and we have a lot of things that we have to do, but we do intend to reach out to all of you and say thank you personally. This Thanksgiving for us is a true blessing, my wife and I hope that it will be for you and yours as well. Happy Thanksgiving!

Best,

Rob Hanson

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Nov 19 2018

Wildfire Disaster. Evenfall Studios was destroyed in the “Camp Fire” wildfire in NorCal.

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You may recall from my previous blog post, that our home, and our business, Evenfall Studios is located in Paradise, California.

You may have heard on the news that on November 8, 2018 a wildfire which is now named and known as the Camp Fire, started East of Paradise, CA at 6:29 AM.

If you have not heard about this wildfire in Northern California, here are some key phrases that you can Google to learn more information:

Wildfire, Paradise, California

Camp Fire Wildfire

Northern California Wildfire November 8, 2018

This fire was driven by 30 to 50 mph winds blowing to the West and the authorities evacuated the town of Paradise immediately. Within three hours of the start of the fire, much of Paradise was on fire. We escaped with our vehicles, a couple days worth of clothing, a few shoes, toiletries, a little bit of bedding, and a few of our electronics and personal files. There was not time to get anything else.

As of the morning of the 8th, we became part of the sheltered homeless because of this fire. We were able to confirm on the evening of Tuesday the 13th that our home was utterly destroyed by this fire, which is one of nearly 14,000 buildings that have been counted as destroyed so far.

We have been staying in an area that was also in an evacuation warning, which was not lifted until Wednesday evening the 14th of November. I was unable to access my email and records prior to that time. The only computer that I had available to me was my wife’s laptop, and she doesn’t have any of our business information on it.

I am attaching a photo of our home and my shop below. This photo was supplied to us by the authorities. We have not been allowed to return and assess the situation yet. This view is standing on the east side of our home facing west and looking down the longitudinal length of our home. My shop and business which I have worked out of for the last 10 years is in the foreground.

Evenfall Studios Destroyed by Wildfire.
Our Home and Shop in Paradise, California.

As you can see, it was a very consuming fire. It was as if our home was placed in a blacksmiths Forge with the blower running for hours. I have consulted a blacksmith who has advised me that even the things made of steel have likely been rendered unsalvageable. Unfortunately, they estimate that 90 to 95% of all of the homes in our town were similarly destroyed. Nearly every home on our street I understand is similarly destroyed, and over 10,000 single-family homes are accounted to be destroyed at this time.  Nearly 14,000 buildings total, including commercial buildings and other buildings that are not used for habitation. They are not done counting.

As a woodworking tool maker, my income has been completely devastated by this. I have lost my home, my shop, all of my tradesman tools and shop machines, and my business, as well as all of my wife’s and my personal possessions. 

I lived on the income from my business, and that income is now zero. With over 52,000 people displaced, and certainly the population of Paradise California which is 29,000 people likely homeless if not partially jobless, I’m not sure what the future prospects are at the moment. It is still too early to know. Evenfall Studios continues to exist on the internet, and will as a woodworking information resource, However, as a woodworking tool manufacturer, currently I am unable to continue. Everything is completely destroyed as you can see in the picture. As you can imagine, I had a number of old tools that will be seriously difficult to replace.

I was raised in my Dad’s and Grandfathers Shops. I have always worked with my hands all my life. Making is in my DNA. I am still inspired everyday. It keeps me going.

My wife and I are starting over and rebuilding our lives. Needs will be met before wants. There is no available housing in the area right now. Jobs are also scarce right now, but that will transition once the fire is out and the recovery effort can begin and expand. What we currently own will completely fit in my pickup with room to spare. The blessing is we made it out safe, we are healthy, safe and secure, fed, and we are trying to sort out how to begin again. It is keeping us very busy.

If you would like to help us, we have two ways you can donate. Please use the one that is easiest for you. You may contribute any amount you like to help us out. We are extremely grateful for any donation anyone can spare to make. We are going into winter without much. This wildfire has massively impacted our local economy as well so there is a lot up in the air. It is amazing that the simplest things you routinely use without a second thought everyday become huge things when they are gone.

PayPal.me/EvenfallStudios

Or

GoFundMe/EvenfallStudios

For those who have helped or written to see how we are, I am working hard to get to all my correspondence. Thank you so much for your kindness. We are so thankful, I can’t begin to express this. I will be responding to everyone as soon as I can. We have so much going with trying to assess and meet our immediate needs and sorting out our losses, while just being in shock over everything that has happened to everyone who lived anywhere inside the Camp Fire wildfire and the Town of Paradise, that we are just… without words.

Woodworkers have been the nicest clients in the world. It was an honor to be able to make thousands of tools for you all these past ten years. Thank You. Every single one was hand made by me in my shop, custom made just for you. Every single one was my very best work. I hope every tool I made helped you and continues to inspire you take your woodworking to the next level.

For your Shooting Board needs, I would like to refer you to Lee Valley Tools, and Tico Vogt. Lee Valley has always been a very, very strong supporter of my work from Day One. You will not find a better company to outfit your shop and they now offer a very nice Shooting Board. Please give their Shooting Board a serious look. Tico Vogt has been a fine competitor in the shooting board market since 2010. We are both very precision oriented toolmakers and drove each other to do our best work. I am sure you can’t go wrong with one of Tico’s shooting boards.

Thank you everyone for your concerns and for reaching out to us.

Best,

Rob Hanson
Evenfall Studios

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Nov 11 2018

Wildfire Disaster. Evenfall Studios and the Camp Fire in NorCal.

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I really don’t know where to begin. This isn’t easy to write.

Evenfall Studios is located in Paradise California.

By now, you may have heard in the news about the Wildfire that has been called the Camp Fire which is raging in Butte County California.

At 6:29 AM on Thursday Morning November 8th 2018, a Wildfire started in the Feather River Canyon up highway 70 near Camp Creek and east of Paradise, California. The fire started during a National Weather Service Red Flag Warning, in 30 to 50 MPH winds that had been blowing through the night. In about an hour, the fire had entered Paradise, California.

My wife and I packed as much as we could, which was not much, and evacuated. There was very little time to determine what was happening, if there was a threat to us and respond. I sent my wife out ahead of me about 30 minutes before I left. Power went out before she left and really slowed things as I packed. A Sheriff Deputy came in the driveway to tell me to go Now. The smoke was inundating, blocking out the sun completely. It was dark as night except for the glow of fire. The fire was close and visible to me as I left town. I didn’t drive back into sunlight until I was over 15 miles crow fly from the fire. Thankfully We are safe.

The fire traveled over 20 straight line miles west in about 12 hours Thursday. It was like a Blacksmith Forge with the blower on high and all the coal it could burn for 18 hours in Paradise. Paradise is a mountain Town with a population of 28,000 citizens. Cal Fire, the California Firefighting Agency has reported that the town is 90-95 Decimated. Over 6450 Family Homes and 260 Commercial Buildings have been counted destroyed as of Friday the 9th. They estimate the number will increase. So far they have found 23 souls lost. Officials have said that the Camp Fire is now the most devastating fire in California history. We are deeply concerned for all 50,000 plus people who have been evacuated because of the Camp Fire.

At the moment, we do not have any information regarding the status of our home and shop/business, but information directly from first responders who professionally fight fire say it is the most destructive fire they have ever seen. First responders were only able to focus on evacuations and saving lives the first day of the fire. Many of them had to shelter in place as the fire overran them and the people they were rescuing. We are very thankful for the many, many people they were able to save.

Footage we have seen on the news is shocking. Paradise, California is decimated. The search engines are an exhaustive resource for information about the Camp Fire Wildfire which is still actively burning, and the Reports that are available regarding the Status of Paradise, CA. We have not been told when we will be able to return and assess our Home and Shop. The authorities have not been able to determine the status of every property and who lived there. The waiting is very difficult. Based on the recovery status of the Tubbs Fire that burned the Santa Rosa California Area in Early October 2017, The recovery of Paradise could take 18 months on the early side, and fully more than five years. It will be a long term recovery in a best case situation.

Evenfall Studios has been my full time job for the last 10 years. My wife and I have been very thankful for all our clients and the support of the woodworking community. For now, we cannot take further orders for Hand Made Tools and Products. I have lost the usage of my shop and perhaps the shop and my tools themselves. As we understand it, wildfire can miss some structures, but with the amount and type of devastation that the authorities have detailed, we have a very guarded hope that our home and shop is still standing.

We do still offer our line of Shop Vacuum upgrade hoses and accessories, which are drop shipped from our wholesaler. If you are interested in purchasing commercial grade upgrades for your Shop Vacuums, I am working to get set up to forward orders for those to our wholesaler soon.

If you would like to donate to help us in this trying time, please click the following link:

paypal.me/evenfallstudios

We thank you in advance for any help at all.

It is a busy time for us, we have only what we could pack quickly. We are safe and living out of our suitcases, still trying to figure out what we need. There is much to do. If you need contact with me, Please click the Contact Us Links found all over our website, and I’ll try to respond at my earliest opportunity.

Thank you again for the opportunity to make woodworking tools for your shop and your support!

Best,

Rob Hanson

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Aug 20 2018

The Evenfall Studios Email Newsletter / REBOOTING

Hello everybody! I hope everybody’s having a nice summer, enjoying the warm weather in the outdoors! Depending on where you are, I hope you’re not negatively impacted by wildfires and smoke.

So this happened:

Today I logged into my email newsletter provider to find that 100% of my subscribers had been deleted. All of them. Disappeared without a trace. After being in touch with my provider’s technical support team, they say that there was no hacking to our account, and that they do not back up subscriber list information. Once it is deleted, it is permanently and unrecoverably gone. I don’t know how it happened, they don’t know either, but it’s do over time. I’ll chalk it up to gremlins, of which I may have been the biggest one. It’s a bummer, but we will just keep moving forward. C’est la Vie.

Alrighty then! We’ll just begin again. So we are rebooting the email newsletter list.

If you were a previous subscriber, you are no longer subscribed to our email newsletter. I apologize, but your subscription is safely and permanently gone. I would like to invite you to resubscribe.

If you never have been a subscriber to our email newsletter, I would like to invite you to subscribe.

Subscribe to our Newsletter Here!

What are the benefits of subscribing to our newsletter? That’s easy. Our email newsletter is the inside track. It is the first place we publish information about tools and any other good news we want to share with you. Sometimes we’ll run a deal to our newsletter subscribers that we won’t run anywhere else. So it can be beneficial to subscribe. You’ll also be the first to be informed of any new tools that we’re offering as well! So being a subscriber can be beneficial. After we publish things on her newsletter, sometimes we share it on our blog. Not always. So it’s a good idea to be subscribed to our newsletter!

Don’t worry, everything is GDPR compliant, we will not spam you, we won’t ever share your information with anybody else, and we won’t drive you crazy with a whole bunch of newsletters, I’m reasonably sporadic at publishing newsletters. My track record so far has been about 6 to 8 times per year on average. If I have something to say I’ll share it with you, if I don’t have anything to say, it could be a while before you’ll hear from me, but we’ll be along soon or later.

Like any email list you sign up for, you’ll confirm your subscription. When I publish an email newsletter, you will receive it. If you later decide you no longer want to receive it, you can unsubscribe, and you will no longer receive it. Easy as it gets.

In light of starting over again, I’m offering a discount to our first five email newsletter subscribers to make a purchase of bespoke made tools from us. Shooting boards, sharpening stations, handsaw tools, it’s your choice. Check out our Tools in the Evenfall Studios Store!

From today, Monday, August 20, 2018, through midnight, August 31, 2018 we will take 15% off your entire order for the first five confirmed email newsletter subscribers who subscribe and take up our offer. This offer is not retroactive to orders that have been placed prior to today and are already on file. If you are concerned whether or not the promotion is still active, prior to 31 August, please Contact Us. We will let you know if the promotion is still active and to place your order so you can save 15%. Remember this offer is to the first five subscribers, first come, first served, so don’t delay.

15% off is The first five email newsletter subscribers who place in order! Subscribing to our newsletter is a good deal!

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Nov 09 2015

Thank You Veterans!

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Veterans Day is this week and I wanted to take a moment and thank my fellow Veterans for their service! This service is a generational legacy, and a bond we all share, whether we did it or are still doing it. Standing up for our country is beyond the job. It is knowing you will answer any call, any time, any place, anywhere.

It was an honor to have served with those I served with, and an honor to recognize all who serve and served. Thank you for the legacy of honorable service and sacrifices each of you have made and continue to make for our country’s freedom and liberty!

In good times and the bad, your service matters!

We try to keep the word out that every day is Veteran’s Day at Evenfall Studios. We offer 10% off to Veterans for all our craftsman Made Tools, no limits, 24/7/365. A gift from our family to you.

All you need to do is Shop our Online Store and pick out the tools you’d like custom made for you. Contact Us, Tell us about your U.S. Military Service, and tell us which tools you are interested in and we will get a PayPal invoice to you for your approval. Simple as that. No forms to fill out, or hoops to jump other than letting us know, and we’ll take it from there.

Thanks for visiting Evenfall Studios!

© Copyright 2015 by Rob Hanson for evenfallstudios.com All Rights Reserved.

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Aug 31 2015

Logging in the Redwoods – 1946

As woodworkers, we are always using our tools in ensemble to overcome challenges. What we need to make and the materials we seek to make things from are part and parcel of the challenge, but we must acquire the skill to wield our tools and we must learn the ways of wood.

For many woodworkers, it has been beneficial to go back in time and reacquire the skills and tradecraft knowledge that previous generations evolved, learning that both the tools and methods from the hands and eyes, which make for deeper craftsman skill still retain all the quality, productivity and capability they always had in today’s small shop.

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Jul 24 2014

Magstrop™ Sharpening Stations. New From Evenfall Studios

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The Magstrop™ Sharpening Station: Leather 50/50.

Think micro-abrasive compounds, emulsions, sprays.

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Jul 15 2014

Shooting Boards for the LN-9 Iron Miter Plane

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While it is true that the LN-9 is no longer being produced by Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, the LN-9 is a long standing king of the shooting board. It is a large, bevel up block plane, bedded at 20 degrees with a 25 degree bevel on the iron, which presents a 45 degree cutting edge to the work.

The Number 9 Iron Miter was originally introduced by Stanley and was repopularized and made better than ever by Lie-Nielsen Toolworks. Lie-Nielsen evolved it’s design over time with stronger castings, as well as providing a very ergonomic “Hot Dog” handle, similar to what was supplied on the originals. We now offer a Chute-Style Shooting board for the LN-9 Iron Miter Plane.

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The LN-9 Shooter™

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Jun 15 2014

Shooting Boards. Choosing which is best for your needs.

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I often field questions regarding what shooting board is the best fit for a woodworker. The truth is, it depends on the scope of ones work. What do you like to make? What do you think you will want to make in the future as your skills and design eye develop?

I want to take a few moments and try and help. While I cannot choose which shooting board is best for your style of work, we do offer a lot of different models to help support the work you do.

I may share some things about shooting boards and geometry you already know and understand, but in my experience in helping people understand which shooting board will serve them best, this explanation is thorough and helpful for getting everyone to a common understanding for making good decisions that work well over the long run. Continue Reading »

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Nov 23 2009

The Case for Long Grain Shooting Boards

Shooting boards are very handy for fine trims that clean the rough sawn edges left by saws, power tools and shop machines, so the wood is looking it’s very best, and even made as accurate fitting as can be. But even as we do this most commonly on end grain, end grain is not the only place on a board that can benefit from the use of a shooting board.

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There are a number of things a woodworker can classify as delicate work. It can of course mean short in length or width, thin stock, veneer, inlays, book matched pieces, and even working with tone woods. Luthiers commonly join book matched boards for stringed instruments, and these boards are very fragile.

There are also the occasions where using a power tool or a shop machine may not be the safest way, or the most accurate way to accomplish a task and so we are left trying to come up with an alternative method for accomplishing the fine work we need done. Continue Reading »

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