I arrived back in the US yesterday and things look quite wonderful at the New Legacy NY school.
We are already progressing towards the month-long workshop that starts on Monday morning and I know everyone is very excited about it. I also know that the UK month-long in November is about full too. These are progressive steps designed to train new-genre woodworkers who want to become master woodworkers, invest time and energy to do so and are establishing skill as an investment in their future. Some
This morning I became increasingly more aware of just how large the globe of woodworkers is and how small our globe has become with regards to woodworkers connecting with one another. Some months ago I blogged pretty extensively on something I call the Real Woodworking Campaign and many if you signed up insupport of my efforts to repatriate people to the craft of working wood. This was the perspective of working real wood using skilled methods that weren't so much hard but required self discipline
Rain set in for the day and the wind drove it hard in every direction. In the castle it makes little difference to us as we work—the walls are three feet thick and solid stone.
Nick Gibbs, the editor of two magazines, Living Woods and British Woodworker, came by for a visit yesterday and we talked about wood and the stuff of real woodworking. I really respect what he has accomplished through the years as owner, publisher, editor of two well managed, well produced specialist magazines. It takes
I think that it is no small thing that so many people ask questions of me that tell me what is on their mind, or, perhaps more relevant, what is on their heart. Now this is a good cross section of the general public, not so much woodworkers but them too. These people would naturally be interested in history, conservation, culture, workmanship in craft (as distinct from hobbyism) and so hold concern for the future and good management of resources and so on. Now this makes my perspective different
I suppose this is the 8th day in the Foundational course and an amazing transformation has taken place—I expect it, but they do not. Their joints are progressing well, critical to the work pieces, joinery somehow transforms the work and elevates it to realms most woodworkers today never reach. Without joinery, all you have is glue, screws, staples and nails. Jigs that incline screws through the sides of rails and are filled with cone-shaped plugs don’t quite enter zones of skill and