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About Me

In case you wanted to know a bit of the mundane…


The Basics
name: Ethan
age: Just a bit over 40…
family: One wife, one child, three two one cat named Isabeau
location: In the region of St. Louis, Missouri
other blogs: My original woodworking blog, Grey Stone Green, has since been converted into a more personal parenting/shallow thoughts/writing kind of blog.
contact me via e-mail: ethansincox at gmail dot com
instagram: @thekiltedwoodworker
twitter: @builtinakilt

general: the ocean (any ocean, really), woodworking, kilts, photography
music: Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, most of the Marleys, Grateful Dead (and all iterations thereof), Phish, Jack Johnson, anything folk-y with lots of guitar and good lyrics, lately a lot of folk and contemporary folk (it’s not as bad as it sounds)
books: travel writing, Lovecraft-ian styled horror, woodworking (theory- and spiritual-based more so than technique-based)

Woodworking Things Of Note
favourite tool: Preston 1393s beader
favourite tool Type: beaders and reeders
woodworking periods: Eastlake, Greene & Greene, Arts & Crafts
guild memberships: St. Louis Woodworkers Guild

My Workshop:
Description: (Coming Soon)
Photos: (Coming Soon)

14 Comments leave one →
  1. Alison Rutter permalink
    July 12, 2012 2:56 pm

    Where can I buy my husband a woodworking kilt? It sounds just the thing!


    • July 12, 2012 9:37 pm

      Alison, I’d start with! I have a Survival UK, But you could pick up a mocker for a great price now because they are discontinuing them for some reason. Actually, I might just do that myself…

      There is a link to it on my main page, at the bottom of the list of links (Under the heading of “kilted stuff”).

      Thanks for the question! And for reading!



  2. Russ permalink
    January 15, 2013 9:42 pm

    Very cool, I made a tartan kilt with canvas apron and cargo pockets for wearing in the shop which I think is great when I really need to move around with hand planes. Really lets you flow with the work, pants are just too restrictive to movement.


  3. graemeu permalink
    December 7, 2013 6:19 pm

    Hi Ethan,
    My partner thinks her late fathers single piece Lignum vitae mallet is good for knocking in electric fence standards!
    What do you reckon it might be worth: It’s in pretty good condition but just starting to get dings and fine cracks. It has heart wood through the centre (a little thicker than the handle) same shape as your $100 mentors mallet. Maybe if i can get a value on it she’ll appreciate it more.
    It also has a lot of wax on surfaces that don’t wear, should I give it a fresh coat of sealing wax? I don’t think it had as many cracks a year ago.


    • December 8, 2013 12:52 pm


      When it comes to tools (and boxes, for that matter) the best answer to that question is that it is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.

      That said… The solid wood Lignum mallets usually retail for around $40-$50 or so. I don’t recall paying (or saying I paid) $100 for mine. Most of the ones I’ve bought to resell or give away (i.e. rescue) I paid anywhere from $5 (usually these are mallets I find marked as potato mashers at antique stores) to $25 (a find on Craig’s List or maybe a lucky buy on eBay).

      But any time I find them for sale from a reputable tool dealer, they are almost always listed at $40-$50 or so.

      If I did pay more for the one (my mentor’s), it was because it had significant sentimental value and because I was being charitable to the seller (his widow).

      But if you can find someone who is willing to pay you $100 for the mallet, then cheers to you!

      Oh, and I wouldn’t bother re-coating it in wax.


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  4. graemeu permalink
    December 8, 2013 4:41 pm

    Thanks Ethan,
    That’s all very helpful. I had understood that your high price had a certain amount of sentimentality, I am just trying to get to a realistic value for a mallet with the same profile to save it from becoming a paddock mate. It’s not about to be sold but a reasonable value will save it from unnecessary abuse, so US$50 translates to around NZ$80 which should do the trick.


    • December 8, 2013 10:02 pm

      My pleasure! Clearing out the paddock on this end, as well. Except for some notable exceptions, my tools are going to start having to earn their keep!

      Cheers and luck on the sale!



  5. December 30, 2013 4:22 pm

    Hey, Ethan!

    Thanks for the comment that you left on my blog!

    I think you should post it on your blog, it’s a good wood working philosophy that everyone should read!



    • December 30, 2013 9:44 pm


      Are you trying to shame me into updating my blog?


      Maybe not verbatim, but I think I could work a post out of the topic in general. Might be a good “Get yer arse back to blogging” post? 🙂

      Thanks for the suggestion!



  6. April 6, 2014 8:10 pm

    Hey Ethan how come there aren’t pics of you working wood in a kilt. Or did I miss them? And has the look of the blog changed???
    Be well man,


    • April 7, 2014 9:01 am

      No, no changes to the look or feel, aside from the newly added (but barely used) Twitter feed. Rarely do I have anything to say that can be condensed into 140 characters. 😉

      Ummm… I think I have a picture or two of kilted woodworking somewhere in a blog, Ron. You’ll have to read the lot to find it, though. 🙂


  7. September 25, 2014 4:10 pm

    I found you by searching for kilts in St. Louis. We are founding a kilted Mardis Gras Krewe. I extend an invitation to you and your wife. We will have several kilted activities throughout the year. Our focal charity will be Spinal Muscular Atrophy. It is the number one genetic killer of babies and children under the age of 3. Our very basic website is up and running at I hope will consider our krewe and cause. Even if you don’t join the krewe, you would be welcome to attend any of the kilted gatherings.

    Thank you,


    • September 26, 2014 10:19 am


      Thank you for the invitation! I’m not sure I have any free time to devote to another organization at this time, but I will certainly keep an eye on your site and try to make it to a few of your events!




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