Mid-weight mortise chisels stand fairly and squarely between the massive heavy weights and the bevel edged chisels I have been using in the videos. There are many makers, from Lie Nielsen to Narex and Crown to Sorby, in my experience there is minimal difference between them. Some are well finished and some more crudely made. Chopping a mortise relies on neither feature, but there are features characteristic to a good working mortise chisel that set them apart for mortising holes and the reason they
Some time ago I decided to go against my better judgment and counter some of the status quo currency by which people create an impressive and imposing posture. That’s not an altogether a wise thing to do and the giants in the world of woodworking are no different than in any other business in that they all have their false gurus (self-professed or otherwise) to try to present fashion and the essentiality of owning information others want and feeding tiny portions of it so that people keep coming
OK. Heard recently of a woodworking guru describing plastic headed hammers disparagingly and then describe another heavy duty brass mallet as the way to go. Not really true. Reality is, again, it's seldom an either or, but more likely many or around three or four anyway. Balanced views and balanced hammers and mallets is everything.
My mate Nick uses a cast iron head stuffed with dense raw hid hammer, perfect for heavy work such as timber framing and such. He really likes his and so do I, but
Getting off the conveyor belt post
Re getting off the conveyor belt I posted earlier. It’s unrealistic to think that everyone can follow a vocational calling whereby they earn there living full time from craft work. If the 13 million people that enjoy woodworking in the USA all became woodworkers earning their living from it they would soon find themselves broke, on the dole and homeless. On the other hand you can enjoy the challenges of making your own furniture, building your canoe or boat,
Here is another view from my workshops at Penrhyn Castle’s New Legacy School of Woodworking on the Saturday before I left for New York. Isn’t it just preciously lovely to see fields of golden daffodils nodding their heads in wind-tossed cluster groups like this?
I thought that you would like that. A photo never can do justice to a scene like this really, but even so.
Needless to say I arrived stateside safely after a good flight. Unfortunately security couldn’t cope with the extensive