Fair Woodworking

August 8, 2016

Neil Cronk – Bad with a secret, pain in my side.

Filed under: I Think I'm Funny,Video — fairwoodworking @ 10:46 pm

Remember back in the good old days when you could tell a friend a secret and you knew it was safe with them? Well perhaps I just don’t know who my friends are, but you would think he’d have the decency to keep quiet about one of the greatest finds of the ancient world.

The Ancient Art of Zig-Zag Rule Charming.

About 2 years ago I discovered some old text in a dusty basement that has completely changed my view of hand tools.

The old ones are alive!

And this video proves it!

Thanks for spilling the beans on my research Neil.

We are no longer friends.


Editors note 08/09/16 – For the sake of journalistic integrity, of witch I have none, and just in case any of you are taking any of this seriously, Neil is one of my best friends. It is in response to a tweet he made yesterday that went something like this. “ From what told me in DMs is his next vid is going to have all original mouth harp music.”

Thanks for the inspiration Neil. 

Can you believe I slammed out that sweet harmonica solo in one take??!!!???




  1. I’ve been attempting this with the traditional snake charming Pungi, Understanding that the harmonica is the tool for this one is just the shop tip I needed!
    btw, cool video, Perhaps Frank Howarth is finally getting some creative competition.

    Comment by Jeremy — August 9, 2016 @ 8:15 am

    • Metal zigzag rules don’t bite that often but when they do, make sure you get a tetanus shot.

      Comment by fairwoodworking — August 9, 2016 @ 12:51 pm

  2. While laughing like heck, I found myself actually quite impressed with that little video! You laugh, but I would be submitting that to some short video competition or something… it was rad!

    Comment by Bob — August 9, 2016 @ 10:27 pm

    • Oh Bob. Poor poor Bob. You are far too easily impressed.

      Thank you all the same.

      Comment by fairwoodworking — August 9, 2016 @ 10:46 pm

  3. Awesome vid Mr. Fairwoodworking sir, but I have one question. We were friends before?

    Comment by Neil Cronk — August 12, 2016 @ 8:34 am

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