Paul SellersWelcome to Paul Sellers’ website!

This site is Paul Sellers’ woodworking blog and acts as a platform for his online voice. You will find links to the ventures he is involved with, and hopefully, you can learn something from some of the posts. Woodworking is Paul’s passion, and he considers himself to be a lifestyle woodworker. Before you go further, read Paul’s disclaimer so that you know more about his biases and you will know what to believe 🙂

The main active part of this site is the blog page where Paul posts new posts a couple of times a week.

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Stories of people inspired by Paul Sellers:

Please thank Paul for me as I know he is flooded with mails everyday.

Please let him know that he is a true inspiration for me the past few years. I have read both his books (I thinks it only two! 🙂 ), watched his videos and read his blogs and anxiously await for every new one that comes up. A few years back I had nothing to do with woodworking and now its a different story for me and I have Paul to thank for that. Its a lovely feeling to be working with wood. Its a daily thing for me now even though my work is completely different (Chartered Surveyor). Please let him know that he is right that you can enter the realms of woodworking even for a simple guy like me I a small island in the Mediterranean (Cyprus).  Your advice in purchasing the right items (I emphasize that) and your careful advice on all the processes of working with wood (from sharpening my tools, trueing a rough surface, from reading the grain, joining, to carefully finish a project) just fascinates me. I cant explain it otherwise.

Thank you for that Paul!

Tassos

2017-05-23T16:34:28+00:00

Tassos

Please thank Paul for me as I know he is flooded with mails everyday. Please let him know that he is a true inspiration for me the past few years. I have read both his books (I thinks it only two! 🙂 ), watched his videos and read his blogs and anxiously await for every new one that comes up. A few years back I had nothing to do with woodworking and now its a different story for me and I have Paul to thank for that. Its a lovely feeling to be working with wood. Its a daily thing for me now even though my work is completely different (Chartered Surveyor). Please let him know that he is right that you can enter the realms of woodworking even for a simple guy like me I a small island in the Mediterranean (Cyprus).  Your advice in purchasing the right items (I emphasize that) and your careful advice on all the processes of working with wood (from sharpening my tools, trueing a rough surface, from reading the grain, joining, to carefully finish a project) just fascinates me. I cant explain it otherwise. Thank you for that Paul!
Dear Mr. Sellers,

 

I have been a woodworker for about half my 67 years, an avocation to feed my need for creative outlet, and make the odd piece of furniture or a boat. I am retired now, but no less needy, and I recently lost my workshop space, having to contract my shop into a 12x14 foot room in our condominium. I lost my table saw due to constraints of space and noise, and it has turned out to be a blessing, forcing me to develop hand tool skills such as you have championed in your blog and videos.

You described in one of your videos a major motivation for the work you do... to make the lives of others better through craftsmanship. This you certainly have done for me, not only in the skills you share, but the quiet grace and modesty with which you share them. I am deeply grateful.

Stuart

2017-05-22T16:14:30+00:00

Stuart

Dear Mr. Sellers,   I have been a woodworker for about half my 67 years, an avocation to feed my need for creative outlet, and make the odd piece of furniture or a boat. I am retired now, but no less needy, and I recently lost my workshop space, having to contract my shop into a 12x14 foot room in our condominium. I lost my table saw due to constraints of space and noise, and it has turned out to be a blessing, forcing me to develop hand tool skills such as you have championed in your blog and videos. You described in one of your videos a major motivation for the work you do... to make the lives of others better through craftsmanship. This you certainly have done for me, not only in the skills you share, but the quiet grace and modesty with which you share them. I am deeply grateful.
Hello Paul!

Firstly, I would like to thank you for the inspiration you have provided me with your fantastic videos and books. My father also showed me how to build things from wood, even if they were on a larger scale, more like framing I suppose. Nevertheless, he kindled a passion in me to craft things from wood and l have designed and erected partition walls, wardrobes, replaced ceilings, shelving, etc. - the sort of handyman things that occupy us as homeowners.

Years ago, I purchased a router and a woodworking vise with the hope that at some point I would invest in a proper workbench. After discovering your youtube channel, I am pleased to tell you, that I am now the proud owner of the Paul Sellers small workbench. It has been in continuous use for the last six months and has changed the way I work fundamentally.

Despite having trained as an engineer, I have always feared that I would damage my tools to the extent that I wouldn't maintain them properly. Ever since I was a boy, I attempted to sharpen pocket knives without much success until I bought a jig. I cherished my first set of Marples chisels to the extent that they were never sharpened, and never cut properly until I followed your advise.

William

2016-12-01T10:03:56+00:00

William

Hello Paul! Firstly, I would like to thank you for the inspiration you have provided me with your fantastic videos and books. My father also showed me how to build things from wood, even if they were on a larger scale, more like framing I suppose. Nevertheless, he kindled a passion in me to craft things from wood and l have designed and erected partition walls, wardrobes, replaced ceilings, shelving, etc. - the sort of handyman things that occupy us as homeowners. Years ago, I purchased a router and a woodworking vise with the hope that at some point I would invest in a proper workbench. After discovering your youtube channel, I am pleased to tell you, that I am now the proud owner of the Paul Sellers small workbench. It has been in continuous use for the last six months and has changed the way I work fundamentally. Despite having trained as an engineer, I have always feared that I would damage my tools to the extent that I wouldn't maintain them properly. Ever since I was a boy, I attempted to sharpen pocket knives without much success until I bought a jig. I cherished my first set of Marples chisels to the extent that they were never sharpened, and never cut properly until I followed your advise.
I just wanted to take the time to write and thank you Paul Sellers and your team for all you do to make woodworking accessible to the masses. Prior to finding your videos on Youtube I was under the impression that I needed a large shop with lots of machines to get started in woodworking. I have been able to use some of those machines in other's shops but knew that I would not have the space or the money to acquire such for myself. Now I have begun to set up a modest shop in part of a 10x14 shed. Most of which will be hand tool oriented which I especially enjoy because I have two young daughters that can join me in the shop while I work. My oldest 4 next month is excited to start building things with me as well. Anyway I just wanted to thank you for getting me started woodworking. I always wanted to but there always seemed to be too many barriers to getting started. I also received your Artisan Course book for Christmas and find it to be a great resource. You do a great job of explaining things as you do them in your videos. The amount of knowledge I have been able to gain from your blog, videos, and book are priceless. Thanks

James

2017-05-23T12:04:47+00:00

James

I just wanted to take the time to write and thank you Paul Sellers and your team for all you do to make woodworking accessible to the masses. Prior to finding your videos on Youtube I was under the impression that I needed a large shop with lots of machines to get started in woodworking. I have been able to use some of those machines in other's shops but knew that I would not have the space or the money to acquire such for myself. Now I have begun to set up a modest shop in part of a 10x14 shed. Most of which will be hand tool oriented which I especially enjoy because I have two young daughters that can join me in the shop while I work. My oldest 4 next month is excited to start building things with me as well. Anyway I just wanted to thank you for getting me started woodworking. I always wanted to but there always seemed to be too many barriers to getting started. I also received your Artisan Course book for Christmas and find it to be a great resource. You do a great job of explaining things as you do them in your videos. The amount of knowledge I have been able to gain from your blog, videos, and book are priceless. Thanks
I write to tell you how much I appreciate the extraordinary high quality of Paul Seller's book Essential Woodworking Hand Tools. The size, clarity of print, quality of paper, excellent hard cover, and superb quality of writing and photographs make this a book to cherish long after my woodworking days are over. Congratulations for the dedication and skill of each responsible person at Rokesmith. Please publish more.

Marvin

2016-12-01T11:45:34+00:00

Marvin

I write to tell you how much I appreciate the extraordinary high quality of Paul Seller's book Essential Woodworking Hand Tools. The size, clarity of print, quality of paper, excellent hard cover, and superb quality of writing and photographs make this a book to cherish long after my woodworking days are over. Congratulations for the dedication and skill of each responsible person at Rokesmith. Please publish more.
 

Dear Paul, I just wanted to thank you for what you do. I am today, just starting my hand tool woodworking journey. As a boy (I'm 29 now) I had done bits of woodworking and always enjoyed the craft, but my projects never quite made it to completion as the "right" power tool wasn't available to me and power tools were the way of things, even though my grandfather had left us a basement full of hand tools. So instead it came down to sandpaper to try and work around my limitations. I don't think I can convey how much I truly despise sandpaper for material removal. So my projects halted where sanding became the only option I could come up with.

Now we come to one month ago when the woodworking bug catches me again, but this time I have youtube, and I come upon your channel. I'm a fairly talented drummer, and once you master one craft you see the parallels in so many others. So when I saw you explain with the clarity that only true dedication to both the craft and teaching can provide, I knew I had found my mentor. I got your books and dvd, ordered tools that will last and perform and started learning everything I could about traditional woodworking. Yet only too soon did the misinformation rear its ugly head. So having your foundation of knowledge to lean on with its common sense and practicality shining through was a lighthouse in the storm. Mostly I just wanted you to know that you have inspired one more soul to work wood with their heart.

Andy

2017-05-23T16:30:10+00:00

Andy

  Dear Paul, I just wanted to thank you for what you do. I am today, just starting my hand tool woodworking journey. As a boy (I'm 29 now) I had done bits of woodworking and always enjoyed the craft, but my projects never quite made it to completion as the "right" power tool wasn't available to me and power tools were the way of things, even though my grandfather had left us a basement full of hand tools. So instead it came down to sandpaper to try and work around my limitations. I don't think I can convey how much I truly despise sandpaper for material removal. So my projects halted where sanding became the only option I could come up with. Now we come to one month ago when the woodworking bug catches me again, but this time I have youtube, and I come upon your channel. I'm a fairly talented drummer, and once you master one craft you see the parallels in so many others. So when I saw you explain with the clarity that only true dedication to both the craft and teaching can provide, I knew I had found my mentor. I got your books and dvd, ordered tools that will last and perform and started learning everything I could about traditional woodworking. Yet only too soon did the misinformation rear its ugly head. So having your foundation of knowledge to lean on with its common sense and practicality shining through was a lighthouse in the storm. Mostly I just wanted you to know that you have inspired one more soul to work wood with their heart.
 

Dear Mr. Paul Sellers,

 

I would like to thank you for the information you shared with people you do not know, like me here in Greece, through your site and youtube channel.

During my limited time away from my weekly routine, I have just finished after 3 months my basic wood workbench. This time I had enough time to read articles here and there, watch videos, study pictures, less time collect wood, buying low cost basic tools and actually building my work bench in a small stock room with no electricity. It is great!

Thank you for your time, for sharing all this knowledge, experience and inspiration. Thank you.

Theophilus

2017-05-22T15:46:30+00:00

Theophilus

  Dear Mr. Paul Sellers,   I would like to thank you for the information you shared with people you do not know, like me here in Greece, through your site and youtube channel. During my limited time away from my weekly routine, I have just finished after 3 months my basic wood workbench. This time I had enough time to read articles here and there, watch videos, study pictures, less time collect wood, buying low cost basic tools and actually building my work bench in a small stock room with no electricity. It is great! Thank you for your time, for sharing all this knowledge, experience and inspiration. Thank you.
To whomever reads these, please pass along to Mr. Sellers my thanks.  He has inspired an old geezer in the States to take up woodworking.  I thoroughly enjoy his videos.  It is always refreshing to watch a professional.  One of the things that separate good YouTube videos from great ones is that you feel the presenter is talking to you and not at you.  Paul makes you feel that way.  Again, my thanks

Ken

2016-12-01T10:36:09+00:00

Ken

To whomever reads these, please pass along to Mr. Sellers my thanks.  He has inspired an old geezer in the States to take up woodworking.  I thoroughly enjoy his videos.  It is always refreshing to watch a professional.  One of the things that separate good YouTube videos from great ones is that you feel the presenter is talking to you and not at you.  Paul makes you feel that way.  Again, my thanks
 

I'm sure you get lots of messages but I would like to say thank you for your YouTube videos that have more than rekindled my love of working with my hands again, I left school and went into a joinery shop In 1989 for an apprenticeship and worked in the trade until 2009 when I left for new path,

My tools became missed used and scattered around the home. That's Until I stumbling upon your chisel sharpening video and Feeling guilty I've now recommisoned my tools and started new projects just for the sole enjoyment of making things with my hand tools it's amazing how I I'd forgotten how rewarding it was.

Once again thanks neill. (Currently in a shed in Warwickshire)

Neil

2017-05-22T16:17:20+00:00

Neil

  I'm sure you get lots of messages but I would like to say thank you for your YouTube videos that have more than rekindled my love of working with my hands again, I left school and went into a joinery shop In 1989 for an apprenticeship and worked in the trade until 2009 when I left for new path, My tools became missed used and scattered around the home. That's Until I stumbling upon your chisel sharpening video and Feeling guilty I've now recommisoned my tools and started new projects just for the sole enjoyment of making things with my hand tools it's amazing how I I'd forgotten how rewarding it was. Once again thanks neill. (Currently in a shed in Warwickshire)
Hi Paul,

 

After being without work for a while, I was hired on as a labourer by a construction company, despite having no construction experience. In fairly short order I was assigned the most meticulous and demanding work on the sites, and I am now being offered freelance fitting, trim, cabinetry and joinery work.

 

All of this (or at least the vastly greater part of it) is thanks to my working with your techniques, which you have graciously given away for free, through your blog, woodworking master classes, and YouTube.

 

I would like to thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your generosity in giving away your time to allow people to learn real woodworking, at a time when it is almost extinct.
Thank you again

Dylan

2017-05-22T15:17:00+00:00

Dylan

Hi Paul,   After being without work for a while, I was hired on as a labourer by a construction company, despite having no construction experience. In fairly short order I was assigned the most meticulous and demanding work on the sites, and I am now being offered freelance fitting, trim, cabinetry and joinery work.   All of this (or at least the vastly greater part of it) is thanks to my working with your techniques, which you have graciously given away for free, through your blog, woodworking master classes, and YouTube.   I would like to thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your generosity in giving away your time to allow people to learn real woodworking, at a time when it is almost extinct. Thank you again
Paul,

Thank you 1,000 times over for your sharing your knowledge with us...actually for sharing with me. I feel like when you are talking to all of us you are really talking directly to each of us. Please keep it up. We need you!

Wayne

2016-12-01T12:17:37+00:00

Wayne

Paul, Thank you 1,000 times over for your sharing your knowledge with us...actually for sharing with me. I feel like when you are talking to all of us you are really talking directly to each of us. Please keep it up. We need you!
I've always watched my father sharpening handsaws and setting the teeth when I was a child. However it always seemed like a laborious job. It seemed complicated, until I saw you do it in one of your videos. I tried your method and my handsaws cut like never before. Outstanding and thank you. It's actually a joy to use a really sharp saw.

Steve

2016-12-01T11:03:03+00:00

Steve

I've always watched my father sharpening handsaws and setting the teeth when I was a child. However it always seemed like a laborious job. It seemed complicated, until I saw you do it in one of your videos. I tried your method and my handsaws cut like never before. Outstanding and thank you. It's actually a joy to use a really sharp saw.
Hi Paul,

 

I'm 28 years old, and live in NY. I sometimes get over my head in projects, and recently committed to my parents that I would build them quartersawn oak cabinets with inset shaker doors.

 

I would never have been able to do this without your help. My wife makes fun of me because I refer to you as my friend Paul on youtube haha. The Stanley plane I bought at you're recommendation is one of the most rewarding and inspiring tools I have ever used. I hope the woodworking community appreciates all you have done for them, and I want to give you the warmest thank you for the knowledge you have shared with me.
You have helped inspire me to be a life-long woodworker.

Jeffrey

2017-05-22T16:16:18+00:00

Jeffrey

Hi Paul,   I'm 28 years old, and live in NY. I sometimes get over my head in projects, and recently committed to my parents that I would build them quartersawn oak cabinets with inset shaker doors.   I would never have been able to do this without your help. My wife makes fun of me because I refer to you as my friend Paul on youtube haha. The Stanley plane I bought at you're recommendation is one of the most rewarding and inspiring tools I have ever used. I hope the woodworking community appreciates all you have done for them, and I want to give you the warmest thank you for the knowledge you have shared with me. You have helped inspire me to be a life-long woodworker.
 

Paul - thanks so much for sharing your skills and experience with your YouTube videos and blog! My experience has been primarily with power tools and occasional at that. Yearning for a simpler, more intimate and rewarding means of working with wood (not to mention quieter, dustless, safer!) has brought me to your presentations. Your techniques have provided a solid foundation for practice which I'm confident will lead to accuracy and success. I must admit - after watching one of your videos and running out to the shop to try what I've seen - YOU DO MAKE IT LOOK EASY! But - I realize you have 50+ years of experience and time training your body and senses to the task at hand.

 

I appreciate that a master like yourself is working hard to keep the tradition and knowledge from being lost forever. That is a great legacy that you should be proud of and it says a lot about you as a person. I truly feel you should be knighted for your efforts in these regards!
Anyway - just wanted to pass along my thanks. Best wishes in all that you do!

John

2017-05-22T16:04:34+00:00

John

  Paul - thanks so much for sharing your skills and experience with your YouTube videos and blog! My experience has been primarily with power tools and occasional at that. Yearning for a simpler, more intimate and rewarding means of working with wood (not to mention quieter, dustless, safer!) has brought me to your presentations. Your techniques have provided a solid foundation for practice which I'm confident will lead to accuracy and success. I must admit - after watching one of your videos and running out to the shop to try what I've seen - YOU DO MAKE IT LOOK EASY! But - I realize you have 50+ years of experience and time training your body and senses to the task at hand.   I appreciate that a master like yourself is working hard to keep the tradition and knowledge from being lost forever. That is a great legacy that you should be proud of and it says a lot about you as a person. I truly feel you should be knighted for your efforts in these regards! Anyway - just wanted to pass along my thanks. Best wishes in all that you do!
Paul,

This may be one of many acknowledgments you've received about the impact you've had on someone's woodworking journey, but I wanted to say my piece. I recently applied for a position that required me to write an essay about an accomplishment. My son encouraged me to write about my transition from power to hand tool woodworking.

This all started a few years ago at the woodworking show in Saratoga, NY. You were demonstrating the efficiency and beauty of working with hand tools and I watched you make a simple splined miter joint. It was the end of the day and after you had finished and the audience had moved off, you were sitting on the bench relaxing and i had the opportunity to speak with you for a few minutes. I'm sure that for you it was just a few minutes of speaking with one of many folks, but for me it was actually a pivotal moment.

Your calm manner, self-confidence and friendliness went a long way in my re-evaluation of how I had been working with wood over the past 20 years. It was another couple of years after that encounter that I started a serious transition from responding to the machines to actually doing the work myself. Granted that I do this as a hobbyist and don't make my living with woodworking (not yet anyways), but I now find myself enjoying woodwork even more. It has become almost a form of meditation for me....to sum it all up....thank you for taking a few minutes at the end of what was a long day for you to talk to me. It made a difference.

Henry

2016-12-01T12:18:58+00:00

Henry

Paul, This may be one of many acknowledgments you've received about the impact you've had on someone's woodworking journey, but I wanted to say my piece. I recently applied for a position that required me to write an essay about an accomplishment. My son encouraged me to write about my transition from power to hand tool woodworking. This all started a few years ago at the woodworking show in Saratoga, NY. You were demonstrating the efficiency and beauty of working with hand tools and I watched you make a simple splined miter joint. It was the end of the day and after you had finished and the audience had moved off, you were sitting on the bench relaxing and i had the opportunity to speak with you for a few minutes. I'm sure that for you it was just a few minutes of speaking with one of many folks, but for me it was actually a pivotal moment. Your calm manner, self-confidence and friendliness went a long way in my re-evaluation of how I had been working with wood over the past 20 years. It was another couple of years after that encounter that I started a serious transition from responding to the machines to actually doing the work myself. Granted that I do this as a hobbyist and don't make my living with woodworking (not yet anyways), but I now find myself enjoying woodwork even more. It has become almost a form of meditation for me....to sum it all up....thank you for taking a few minutes at the end of what was a long day for you to talk to me. It made a difference.
I am 61 years old and have been messing around with wood since I was a young boy. For the past few years I have increased the scope and complexity of my projects, and because of space only used hand tools. It has been so wonderful to find such a fine mentor. I have purchased your book and am working my way through it to build skills and learn techniques. Thank you for all your on line videos, and passing on a lifetime of knowledge to the rest of us. It means so much to me to have a teacher with your love of wood and the ways of years past. Thank you sincerely.

Hetzal

2017-05-23T16:31:12+00:00

Hetzal

I am 61 years old and have been messing around with wood since I was a young boy. For the past few years I have increased the scope and complexity of my projects, and because of space only used hand tools. It has been so wonderful to find such a fine mentor. I have purchased your book and am working my way through it to build skills and learn techniques. Thank you for all your on line videos, and passing on a lifetime of knowledge to the rest of us. It means so much to me to have a teacher with your love of wood and the ways of years past. Thank you sincerely.
Hi Paul (and Team),

Just want to pass on my thanks for your time spent creating the fantastic range of educational material on youtube.

I have just very successfully reconditioned my late fathers 1960 vintage Stanley No.4 plane thanks to your video. I have had this for some time but never got the hang of using it as it was impossible to adjust. It now absolutely sings and is a joy to use on any wood. My 14 year old daughter is now interested in woodworking thanks to you and I'm confident that she and her own children will still be using this plane for decades to come.

Nick

2017-05-23T16:36:53+00:00

Nick

Hi Paul (and Team), Just want to pass on my thanks for your time spent creating the fantastic range of educational material on youtube. I have just very successfully reconditioned my late fathers 1960 vintage Stanley No.4 plane thanks to your video. I have had this for some time but never got the hang of using it as it was impossible to adjust. It now absolutely sings and is a joy to use on any wood. My 14 year old daughter is now interested in woodworking thanks to you and I'm confident that she and her own children will still be using this plane for decades to come.
Thank you for the free handed sharpening method you briefed in one of the videos. It took me a short while to get it, but it has revolutionised my sharpening and productivity...my concept of 'sharp' has also taken a step forward, too.
Cheers Paul and best wishes.

Dan

2017-05-23T12:07:02+00:00

Dan

Thank you for the free handed sharpening method you briefed in one of the videos. It took me a short while to get it, but it has revolutionised my sharpening and productivity...my concept of 'sharp' has also taken a step forward, too. Cheers Paul and best wishes.
 

Just wanted to say thanks for all the informative videos. Today I'm using my grandfather's planes (a Stanley #6 and Stanley A78) to clean up a large rabbet in some framing timbers. I cleaned them up following your instructions, and I must say, this is the most satisfying experience I've ever had with a plane. It pleases me no end to use my grandfather's tools, or my father-in-law's tools. If only I'd had more time to learn from them.

 

By the way, I told my wife I was going out to cut a rabbet, and she thought that sounded rather cruel and bloody. I asked if it sounded better if I cut a rebate. Henceforth, in our American household, these cuts shall be known as rebates!
Thanks again for all the wonderful advice.

Wally

2017-05-23T16:39:18+00:00

Wally

  Just wanted to say thanks for all the informative videos. Today I'm using my grandfather's planes (a Stanley #6 and Stanley A78) to clean up a large rabbet in some framing timbers. I cleaned them up following your instructions, and I must say, this is the most satisfying experience I've ever had with a plane. It pleases me no end to use my grandfather's tools, or my father-in-law's tools. If only I'd had more time to learn from them.   By the way, I told my wife I was going out to cut a rabbet, and she thought that sounded rather cruel and bloody. I asked if it sounded better if I cut a rebate. Henceforth, in our American household, these cuts shall be known as rebates! Thanks again for all the wonderful advice.
Hi Paul,

 

Firstly i would like to thank you, for being who you are and what you do for the woodworking community.

 

I can honestly attribute the rediscovery of my love for woodworking to you. The down to earth, no nonsense manner in which you respectfully present sometime amazingly abstract principles is empowering. You gently and uncompromisingly reinforce the basics and principles continually, while not belaboring and making it boring. You inspire the wonderful principles of: Do it for the love of it, to the best of your ability. You next endeavour will the better for the effort made.

 

You remind me a lot of my late father. You have this way of imparting knowledge gained through years of practice, experience, failure and success without a hint of arrogance, elitism or denigration of other or other's methods.
Your mark on the global woodworking community will be immeasurable and live on for decades. I hope we the gifted, as recipients of you knowledge and wisdom can continue to share the knowledge, humility and integrity.

Marc

2017-05-23T16:37:35+00:00

Marc

Hi Paul,   Firstly i would like to thank you, for being who you are and what you do for the woodworking community.   I can honestly attribute the rediscovery of my love for woodworking to you. The down to earth, no nonsense manner in which you respectfully present sometime amazingly abstract principles is empowering. You gently and uncompromisingly reinforce the basics and principles continually, while not belaboring and making it boring. You inspire the wonderful principles of: Do it for the love of it, to the best of your ability. You next endeavour will the better for the effort made.   You remind me a lot of my late father. You have this way of imparting knowledge gained through years of practice, experience, failure and success without a hint of arrogance, elitism or denigration of other or other's methods. Your mark on the global woodworking community will be immeasurable and live on for decades. I hope we the gifted, as recipients of you knowledge and wisdom can continue to share the knowledge, humility and integrity.
Dear Paul,

I bet, hundreds of woodworkers write you to thank you. So it might not be something special for you, but I really need to thank you so much! You gave me the ability to work on wood at different projects, just by using hand tools. Of course, it's a fraction of your knowledge and skills, but I have learned so much by watching your videos and reading your website.

This year, I built my first decent workbench by using your methods. A bit different from your bench, but what I followed exactly, where your recommendations for the height, which, as you know, is really different from other recommendations. After finishing the workbench, I used it to work on two other projects. And I couldn't be happier with the height of my bench.

Long story short - thank you so, so much for sharing all your knowledge, skills and techniques!

All the best to you and your family! Stay healthy, creative and productive!

Uwe

2016-11-30T15:20:05+00:00

Uwe

I bet, hundreds of woodworkers write you to thank you. So it might not be something special for you, but I really need to thank you so much! You gave me the ability to work on wood at different projects, just by using hand tools.
 

Dear Paul

Having stumbled across you on Youtube I have just subscribed to your masterclasses. I'm 57 and trained as a carpenter & joiner from the age of 16 at a high quality shop in South London. I was intrigued to see you applying so many of the techniques I was shown by the "old boys" in our shop. At the end of my apprenticeship I spent a couple of years on site but then decided to pursue my other passion of radio and music.  Now in semi retirement I have returned to the tools and am loving it. I am taking so much inspiration from you, and am about to build a new workshop for the ground up, then build your bench and tool cabinet.

With my TV hat on, I just wanted to say I think you are a natural communicator, very comfortable in front of the camera and totally engaging to watch, as well as being an excellent craftsman - but I suspect you know that bit!

Keep up the great work, I'm totally hooked and re-building some of my hand tool collection to work my way through many of your projects.

Kindest regards

John

2016-11-30T15:54:08+00:00

John

  Dear Paul Having stumbled across you on Youtube I have just subscribed to your masterclasses. I'm 57 and trained as a carpenter & joiner from the age of 16 at a high quality shop in South London. I was intrigued to see you applying so many of the techniques I was shown by the "old boys" in our shop. At the end of my apprenticeship I spent a couple of years on site but then decided to pursue my other passion of radio and music.  Now in semi retirement I have returned to the tools and am loving it. I am taking so much inspiration from you, and am about to build a new workshop for the ground up, then build your bench and tool cabinet. With my TV hat on, I just wanted to say I think you are a natural communicator, very comfortable in front of the camera and totally engaging to watch, as well as being an excellent craftsman - but I suspect you know that bit! Keep up the great work, I'm totally hooked and re-building some of my hand tool collection to work my way through many of your projects. Kindest regards
Paul thank you for this adventure, my first project was a shooting board. The concept mind , hands , accuracy and pride is nothing new. I feel that the term journeymen is no longer valued. Paul I am 61 years old and have been in carpentry work since I was 19 years old. If you told a carpenter to cut in a set of hinges in a door and jamb with a chisel a: he would not know how b: he'd think you are crazy. I knew when you said a pencil get's you in the ball park you had something worth investing my time . Thanks for this adventure , I will wish you and your family only the best.

Jackie

2017-05-22T15:58:29+00:00

Jackie

Paul thank you for this adventure, my first project was a shooting board. The concept mind , hands , accuracy and pride is nothing new. I feel that the term journeymen is no longer valued. Paul I am 61 years old and have been in carpentry work since I was 19 years old. If you told a carpenter to cut in a set of hinges in a door and jamb with a chisel a: he would not know how b: he'd think you are crazy. I knew when you said a pencil get's you in the ball park you had something worth investing my time . Thanks for this adventure , I will wish you and your family only the best.
I was able to get a copy of your marvellous book "Essential Woodworking Hand Tools." Thank you for such an informative and down-to-earth presentation. I live in an apartment and have no space for power tools. Your book and your Youtube segments have been very helpful.

Thank you again for sharing the information and your straightforward delivery.

Anthony

2016-11-30T16:44:34+00:00

Anthony

I was able to get a copy of your marvellous book "Essential Woodworking Hand Tools." Thank you for such an informative and down-to-earth presentation. I live in an apartment and have no space for power tools. Your book and your Youtube segments have been very helpful. Thank you again for sharing the information and your straightforward delivery.
Hello Paul,

This is just a short thank you. I have always been fascinated by woodwork, but never had sufficient instruction to become more than a useful handyman. After leaving school I apprenticed in engineering. This was a good thing in that it gave me a knowledge of using hand tools, different to the ones you use, but a lot of the skills carry across.

Following an accident a few years ago, I became disabled with a spinal injury. I have time on my hands. Watching your videos has taught me so much that I had looked for years ago but never found. The time I can stand at the bench working is only 10 to 20 minutes once or twice a day. That though doesn't matter. So what if it takes me three months longer than you to finish a job. I love doing this, even if I can't do very much of it at a time.

Currently I am working on a frame saw following your video. Yesterday I cut the sides to length, and cut half the first mortise. Today I will try to cut the rest of the mortise holes. I could cut the wood square by following your advice. When finished this saw will go to Helmsdale Woodlanders to help with their work with ex servicemen.

Thank you,

Regards,

Alan

2016-12-01T10:56:02+00:00

Alan

Hello Paul, This is just a short thank you. I have always been fascinated by woodwork, but never had sufficient instruction to become more than a useful handyman. After leaving school I apprenticed in engineering. This was a good thing in that it gave me a knowledge of using hand tools, different to the ones you use, but a lot of the skills carry across. Following an accident a few years ago, I became disabled with a spinal injury. I have time on my hands. Watching your videos has taught me so much that I had looked for years ago but never found. The time I can stand at the bench working is only 10 to 20 minutes once or twice a day. That though doesn't matter. So what if it takes me three months longer than you to finish a job. I love doing this, even if I can't do very much of it at a time. Currently I am working on a frame saw following your video. Yesterday I cut the sides to length, and cut half the first mortise. Today I will try to cut the rest of the mortise holes. I could cut the wood square by following your advice. When finished this saw will go to Helmsdale Woodlanders to help with their work with ex servicemen. Thank you, Regards,
I just wanted to take a minute out of my day to send my thanks to you for your helpful video tutorials and blog posts. Of all the woodworking videos I have found online, yours are absolutely the best because you have so much PRACTICAL advice to give. To give an example, I bought my first hand plane from a big box store for $25, thinking that if I could practice with it, I would eventually buy something nicer. After a few weeks of working with a dull, poorly set plane, I was getting frustrated and looked to YouTube for advice on how to set it up properly. So many people recommended getting honing guides, special jigs for setting bevels, etc. I tried and failed several times and only ended up with a somewhat sharp plane. Then I found your videos on sharpening and setting planes. Long story short, I now have convex bevels on all of my planes and chisels, and that $25 plane will take an perfectly even shaving as thin as tissue paper. Anyway, please keep the videos coming and thanks for all the work you do!

Will

2017-01-13T13:37:37+00:00

Will

I just wanted to take a minute out of my day to send my thanks to you for your helpful video tutorials and blog posts. Of all the woodworking videos I have found online, yours are absolutely the best because you have so much PRACTICAL advice to give. To give an example, I bought my first hand plane from a big box store for $25, thinking that if I could practice with it, I would eventually buy something nicer. After a few weeks of working with a dull, poorly set plane, I was getting frustrated and looked to YouTube for advice on how to set it up properly. So many people recommended getting honing guides, special jigs for setting bevels, etc. I tried and failed several times and only ended up with a somewhat sharp plane. Then I found your videos on sharpening and setting planes. Long story short, I now have convex bevels on all of my planes and chisels, and that $25 plane will take an perfectly even shaving as thin as tissue paper. Anyway, please keep the videos coming and thanks for all the work you do!
Hi from Scotland Paul, may I first say how much I enjoy your videos, I myself am a semi retired bench hand joiner I've made a few thousand oak staircases doors windows anything that came along really, now to what may puzzle you lol, I was taught from a young age in fact it was drilled into me how to sharpen chisels, planes etc that I had to keep my back face flat and my bevel concave to give the thinnest possible cutting edge to have best results and after watching your video on sharpening an Aldi chisel set I was very very intrigued to say the least, you put a round on your cutting bevel,, gods above what next?blue snow in hell maybe? then I remembered something, since I have more time for my wood turning I have found that to sharpen a skew chisel it is actually better to have a round bevel instead of a concave one so that the point of the skew is almost bullet shaped, so my head starts thinking hmmm I reckon this fella Paul is not playing an April fools joke on us all at all in fact I now totally agree with what you're saying regarding bevel and polishing the cutting edges etc, so sir all I have to say is thank you for opening my eyes  and getting my juices going again, it seems we are never too old to learn how things can be done differently from what we take as gospel from our old journeyman masters lol I am a very young 52 so maybe still time for me to try this way of sharpening , thanks again for taking the time to do these videos and as you can see it helps novices and tradesmen alike. cheers

Ross

2016-12-01T10:17:00+00:00

Ross

Hi from Scotland Paul, may I first say how much I enjoy your videos, I myself am a semi retired bench hand joiner I've made a few thousand oak staircases doors windows anything that came along really, now to what may puzzle you lol, I was taught from a young age in fact it was drilled into me how to sharpen chisels, planes etc that I had to keep my back face flat and my bevel concave to give the thinnest possible cutting edge to have best results and after watching your video on sharpening an Aldi chisel set I was very very intrigued to say the least, you put a round on your cutting bevel,, gods above what next?blue snow in hell maybe? then I remembered something, since I have more time for my wood turning I have found that to sharpen a skew chisel it is actually better to have a round bevel instead of a concave one so that the point of the skew is almost bullet shaped, so my head starts thinking hmmm I reckon this fella Paul is not playing an April fools joke on us all at all in fact I now totally agree with what you're saying regarding bevel and polishing the cutting edges etc, so sir all I have to say is thank you for opening my eyes  and getting my juices going again, it seems we are never too old to learn how things can be done differently from what we take as gospel from our old journeyman masters lol I am a very young 52 so maybe still time for me to try this way of sharpening , thanks again for taking the time to do these videos and as you can see it helps novices and tradesmen alike. cheers
Just a note of thanks to Paul for all the informative articles and YouTube videos; I purchased his new book and it will serve me well on my hand tool journey. I retired in 2008 and became interested in woodworking. It took me a while to find Paul, but I really enjoy his enthusiasm for the craft and his sincere desire to pass along all the knowledge he has accumulated. I started with small projects and recently finished a table that turned out quite well. I tried to attached some photos to this form, but couldn't figure out how. I just finished carving a wooden spatula as a stocking stuffer for my wife...loved the simplicity!

Ed

2017-01-13T13:35:32+00:00

Ed

Just a note of thanks to Paul for all the informative articles and YouTube videos; I purchased his new book and it will serve me well on my hand tool journey. I retired in 2008 and became interested in woodworking. It took me a while to find Paul, but I really enjoy his enthusiasm for the craft and his sincere desire to pass along all the knowledge he has accumulated. I started with small projects and recently finished a table that turned out quite well. I tried to attached some photos to this form, but couldn't figure out how. I just finished carving a wooden spatula as a stocking stuffer for my wife...loved the simplicity!
I would like to thank you for opening my eyes to traditional woodworking.

 

I became a fan of cabinet building (all power tools) during a recent job loss, and am hoping to begin working for a local cabinet shop in the near future; however, in any spare time, I will probably only hold on to my table saw and corded router. All other tools will be powered by my hands and brain.

I cannot easily put into words how impressive your teaching manner, light-heartedness, and encouraging attitude have helped me while unemployed. You have showed me that a few old Stanley chisels (plastic handles, but moderately good steel) I inherited are not junk, and that I should be searching local flea markets, pawn shops, and eBay far more than I ever thought, for planes, more chisels, a 12-14" Disston miter saw, and perhaps (if I am very lucky) a good hand router from Tyzack or Preston.

 

I hope you are blessed with numerous more years of woodworking, teaching, being an excellent father, and spreading a practically lost art across this globe.
God-bless you Sir,

Alan

2017-01-13T13:27:46+00:00

Alan

I would like to thank you for opening my eyes to traditional woodworking.   I became a fan of cabinet building (all power tools) during a recent job loss, and am hoping to begin working for a local cabinet shop in the near future; however, in any spare time, I will probably only hold on to my table saw and corded router. All other tools will be powered by my hands and brain. I cannot easily put into words how impressive your teaching manner, light-heartedness, and encouraging attitude have helped me while unemployed. You have showed me that a few old Stanley chisels (plastic handles, but moderately good steel) I inherited are not junk, and that I should be searching local flea markets, pawn shops, and eBay far more than I ever thought, for planes, more chisels, a 12-14" Disston miter saw, and perhaps (if I am very lucky) a good hand router from Tyzack or Preston.   I hope you are blessed with numerous more years of woodworking, teaching, being an excellent father, and spreading a practically lost art across this globe. God-bless you Sir,
Hi Paul,
I just wrote in to say thank's for your effort and time, i do learn a lot of basic woodworking techniques. After my girlfriend notice i'm so into woodworking, she bought me a second hand wooden plane (which in terrible condition) in a flea market, and she actually have no idea how to judge it, so she end up bought a wooden plane without wedge and the blade, chip breaker is all rusted 🙁 she is so upset for got me something that not working. Then i recalled back to the video which you show us how to restore the planes, i tried once, but i gave up, because i actually just a beginner who have no experience on woodworking (but lots of ideas XD ),and the stone i use for sharpening is the normal stone i got from my kitchen, the blade itself had one or two burst which i think the previous owner hit some nails, but then i watch the video that you show us the different of planes which sharpen using 250 and 15000 grade of stone, i suddenly feels like want to give it another try, and finally i got it done!! Then i set it up and put on a temporary wedge and give it a try. And you guess what? Its work!! These are the moment i feel very grateful because of your sharing, and my girlfriend are happy too^^  so here i am to write this message to you, thank you Paul, i mean it, thanks for your effort and sharing, and you are my idol.

Kenseh

2017-05-22T15:17:58+00:00

Kenseh

Hi Paul, I just wrote in to say thank's for your effort and time, i do learn a lot of basic woodworking techniques. After my girlfriend notice i'm so into woodworking, she bought me a second hand wooden plane (which in terrible condition) in a flea market, and she actually have no idea how to judge it, so she end up bought a wooden plane without wedge and the blade, chip breaker is all rusted 🙁 she is so upset for got me something that not working. Then i recalled back to the video which you show us how to restore the planes, i tried once, but i gave up, because i actually just a beginner who have no experience on woodworking (but lots of ideas XD ),and the stone i use for sharpening is the normal stone i got from my kitchen, the blade itself had one or two burst which i think the previous owner hit some nails, but then i watch the video that you show us the different of planes which sharpen using 250 and 15000 grade of stone, i suddenly feels like want to give it another try, and finally i got it done!! Then i set it up and put on a temporary wedge and give it a try. And you guess what? Its work!! These are the moment i feel very grateful because of your sharing, and my girlfriend are happy too^^  so here i am to write this message to you, thank you Paul, i mean it, thanks for your effort and sharing, and you are my idol.
Hi Paul, Thank you, finally found an instructor who uses practical and traditional skill to put the message over. Have learned a lot in the past few weeks, will keep watching. My wife says she can listen to your voice and drift off to sleep, while I learn new skills.

Must be the northern accent, very soothing.

Mel

2017-05-23T16:22:24+00:00

Mel

Hi Paul, Thank you, finally found an instructor who uses practical and traditional skill to put the message over. Have learned a lot in the past few weeks, will keep watching. My wife says she can listen to your voice and drift off to sleep, while I learn new skills. Must be the northern accent, very soothing.
"Only about a week ago, November 22, I began watching your various videos on YouTube. I made your 1/7 dovetail marking device and used it. You have taught me so much so quickly. The most important thing you taught me is that all my tools are dull. Thank you."

Lonnie

2016-11-30T14:42:39+00:00

Lonnie

"Only about a week ago, November 22, I began watching your various videos on YouTube. I made your 1/7 dovetail marking device and used it. You have taught me so much so quickly. The most important thing you taught me is that all my tools are dull. Thank you."
After being inspired by Paul’s passionate lessons I did spent most of my birthday in my workshop sharpening old planes (most wooden) that my dad has collected for centuries and handed over to me. After learning from  Paul how to do this, I really enjoy to get them work again.

It is a rare gift to be an inspiring mentor and teach based on facts and figures coming from centuries of experience. I am a working in the electronics industries (being a director there), but never lost interest in true handcraft, quality work. Now I am trying woodwork myself and already made some – simple objects. My 8 yr old son also enjoys the curled shaves ejected by the planes when he uses a tiny plane version himself.

Based on your explanations, I was able to sharpen my cheap chisels lurking around for years, now razor sharp, I bought sharp able saws and even invested in some Veritas planes, just because I find it much easier to set metal planes up correctly.

I do have challenges in getting long oak boards (~4”x7ft long, 1” thick) straight, in order to glue them together. The problem was my electric table saw. Using hand planes give me much more control.

Thanks again for all your extremely valuable know-how that you share!

Bernhard

2017-05-22T15:19:07+00:00

Bernhard

After being inspired by Paul’s passionate lessons I did spent most of my birthday in my workshop sharpening old planes (most wooden) that my dad has collected for centuries and handed over to me. After learning from  Paul how to do this, I really enjoy to get them work again. It is a rare gift to be an inspiring mentor and teach based on facts and figures coming from centuries of experience. I am a working in the electronics industries (being a director there), but never lost interest in true handcraft, quality work. Now I am trying woodwork myself and already made some – simple objects. My 8 yr old son also enjoys the curled shaves ejected by the planes when he uses a tiny plane version himself. Based on your explanations, I was able to sharpen my cheap chisels lurking around for years, now razor sharp, I bought sharp able saws and even invested in some Veritas planes, just because I find it much easier to set metal planes up correctly. I do have challenges in getting long oak boards (~4”x7ft long, 1” thick) straight, in order to glue them together. The problem was my electric table saw. Using hand planes give me much more control. Thanks again for all your extremely valuable know-how that you share!
Hi Paul ,

just a quick note to thank you for the YouTube videos ,I served my time as a carpenter in the late 70s ,mostly with hand tools ,but by the 1990s I was mostly using electric equipment ,mast produced fitted kitchens and wardrobes ,it was a way of paying the bills .But I have to say after watching your videos I'm getting back into the hand tools ,brushing down the no4 plane sharpening up the old saws ,and getting back into the old skills ,it's amazing how they come back ,not to your level of course .Nothing like getting into the workshop on weekends and chip away ,wishing you continued success for the new year and beyond ,and thank you for the inspiration ,regards

Declan

2017-01-13T13:40:13+00:00

Declan

Hi Paul , just a quick note to thank you for the YouTube videos ,I served my time as a carpenter in the late 70s ,mostly with hand tools ,but by the 1990s I was mostly using electric equipment ,mast produced fitted kitchens and wardrobes ,it was a way of paying the bills .But I have to say after watching your videos I'm getting back into the hand tools ,brushing down the no4 plane sharpening up the old saws ,and getting back into the old skills ,it's amazing how they come back ,not to your level of course .Nothing like getting into the workshop on weekends and chip away ,wishing you continued success for the new year and beyond ,and thank you for the inspiration ,regards
Paul, it is great to see all your videos. You probably will not recall, but I took most of your courses over 20 years ago, just north of Waco, TX. I can not tell you how much I have enjoyed using the skill I learned from you. I still continue to make furniture (although somewhat more slowly now days.) Currently am making a Shaker step back cupboard piece.

While I have sold a few pieces, I most enjoy making furniture for myself and family members.

Keep up the GREAT work you are doing.

Harold

2016-12-01T10:01:25+00:00

Harold

Paul, it is great to see all your videos. You probably will not recall, but I took most of your courses over 20 years ago, just north of Waco, TX. I can not tell you how much I have enjoyed using the skill I learned from you. I still continue to make furniture (although somewhat more slowly now days.) Currently am making a Shaker step back cupboard piece. While I have sold a few pieces, I most enjoy making furniture for myself and family members. Keep up the GREAT work you are doing.
Hi Mr Sellers,

just wanted to leave sunny greetings from Germany 🙂

I started woodworking as a need to build things I need for my work as music producer (speakers, diffusors, instruments) and thanks to your inspiration i start switching from the loud use of machine tools to the more down to earth use of hand tools... I am full of gratitude that a craftsman like you shares with all of us 🙂 Stay healthy and inspired! best regards,

Patrick

2016-12-01T10:09:46+00:00

Patrick

Hi Mr Sellers, just wanted to leave sunny greetings from Germany 🙂 I started woodworking as a need to build things I need for my work as music producer (speakers, diffusors, instruments) and thanks to your inspiration i start switching from the loud use of machine tools to the more down to earth use of hand tools... I am full of gratitude that a craftsman like you shares with all of us 🙂 Stay healthy and inspired! best regards,
Today I found your channel and I believe it really will help me to succeed, after watching just one video (Dovetail Joint) I can already tell that the techniques you show will greatly improve my ability.
Basically, thank you! I appreciate the time you take to produce these videos and help other people.
Thank you 🙂

Austin

2016-12-01T10:41:50+00:00

Austin

Today I found your channel and I believe it really will help me to succeed, after watching just one video (Dovetail Joint) I can already tell that the techniques you show will greatly improve my ability. Basically, thank you! I appreciate the time you take to produce these videos and help other people. Thank you 🙂
Just a quick note to say how much I have enjoyed Paul's YouTube videos. I volunteered at Penrhyn whilst Paul held his classes there and now wish I had managed to get on one of his courses..he is so inspiring. I am currently searching for my old rusty Stanley Plane so I can spend a couple of hours restoring it just as Paul did (however not as expertly).

David

2017-05-22T15:07:19+00:00

David

Just a quick note to say how much I have enjoyed Paul's YouTube videos. I volunteered at Penrhyn whilst Paul held his classes there and now wish I had managed to get on one of his courses..he is so inspiring. I am currently searching for my old rusty Stanley Plane so I can spend a couple of hours restoring it just as Paul did (however not as expertly).
Paul,

I used to wonder how anyone could get any joy out of working with hand tools such as handsaws and planes because I found them miserable to use. Due to your wonderful instruction I am starting to get the hang of using these tools properly. When I would saw, I would constantly stray off the line, and not by any small amount either. Tonight I cut down a line from both sides in the board and met perfectly in the middle! I have now learned to sharpen and adjust plane irons to now get the kind of shavings that I could only dream of before. The satisfaction of getting these kind of results like never before I owe to your in-depth teaching methods. I am so glad that I found your site!

Thank you so much!

Kevin

2017-01-13T13:34:54+00:00

Kevin

Paul, I used to wonder how anyone could get any joy out of working with hand tools such as handsaws and planes because I found them miserable to use. Due to your wonderful instruction I am starting to get the hang of using these tools properly. When I would saw, I would constantly stray off the line, and not by any small amount either. Tonight I cut down a line from both sides in the board and met perfectly in the middle! I have now learned to sharpen and adjust plane irons to now get the kind of shavings that I could only dream of before. The satisfaction of getting these kind of results like never before I owe to your in-depth teaching methods. I am so glad that I found your site! Thank you so much!
Greetings, Paul!

Just finished reading your new book and all I can say is "Outstanding!" Many have tried to explain the concepts you address in the book, but yours is the most clear and concise description I have come across in 40 plus years of woodworking! I wish I had this book back when I started it all! It would have greatly accelerated my skill development, saved me more than a few dollars on tool issues, and saved doubt and aggravation when learning how to work wood!

On behalf of all future woodworkers, this book is a blessing and I thank you and all who helped develop it!

Good Job!

Don

2016-12-01T11:21:25+00:00

Don

Greetings, Paul! Just finished reading your new book and all I can say is "Outstanding!" Many have tried to explain the concepts you address in the book, but yours is the most clear and concise description I have come across in 40 plus years of woodworking! I wish I had this book back when I started it all! It would have greatly accelerated my skill development, saved me more than a few dollars on tool issues, and saved doubt and aggravation when learning how to work wood! On behalf of all future woodworkers, this book is a blessing and I thank you and all who helped develop it! Good Job!
I don't get to do a lot of woodwork these days, but I really appreciate the time and effort you go to to make these fantastic videos.  It's inspiring, honestly. We live in an age of transformation and people like you are laying the groundwork for information sharing and the betterment of the human race in the years to come.  Thank you so much for your good works Mr. Sellers, sincerely.

Adam

2016-12-01T10:44:12+00:00

Adam

I don't get to do a lot of woodwork these days, but I really appreciate the time and effort you go to to make these fantastic videos.  It's inspiring, honestly. We live in an age of transformation and people like you are laying the groundwork for information sharing and the betterment of the human race in the years to come.  Thank you so much for your good works Mr. Sellers, sincerely.
Mr. Sellers,

First, let me say that I have thoroughly enjoyed watching each and every video that you have made.  Your methods are clearly tried and true methods that have stood the test of time.  I admire the fact that you are trying to pass on woodworking wisdom to young fellas like myself who have grown up around power tools.  Power tools have their place, but it's almost mystic watching you craft rough wood into marvellous pieces.  Keep up the excellent work!

Ryan

2016-12-01T10:40:16+00:00

Ryan

Mr. Sellers, First, let me say that I have thoroughly enjoyed watching each and every video that you have made.  Your methods are clearly tried and true methods that have stood the test of time.  I admire the fact that you are trying to pass on woodworking wisdom to young fellas like myself who have grown up around power tools.  Power tools have their place, but it's almost mystic watching you craft rough wood into marvellous pieces.  Keep up the excellent work!
Would yo you please tell Paul Sellers that I chose to use his dovetail technique to build drawers for a piece I was working on.

I spent several days practicing over and over.

The first two days I was rewarded with the finest kindling wood I have ever burned, but halfway through day three I began to succeed. Drawer number 1 was acceptable and drawer number four I would actually show to someone.

Being a retired carpenter who is now enjoying woodworking as a hobby it is nice to know you can still learn things and rediscover some tools that need to be released from the museum.

Thanks for your very specific demonstrations and emphasis on small details that are helping to adjust from my production driven life.

Eddie

2016-12-19T11:52:53+00:00

Eddie

Would yo you please tell Paul Sellers that I chose to use his dovetail technique to build drawers for a piece I was working on. I spent several days practicing over and over. The first two days I was rewarded with the finest kindling wood I have ever burned, but halfway through day three I began to succeed. Drawer number 1 was acceptable and drawer number four I would actually show to someone. Being a retired carpenter who is now enjoying woodworking as a hobby it is nice to know you can still learn things and rediscover some tools that need to be released from the museum. Thanks for your very specific demonstrations and emphasis on small details that are helping to adjust from my production driven life.
My dear Mr. Sellers:

It seems every time I leave a message is to thank you for what you teach, I’ve learnt to restore, sharpen and setup my hand tools thanks to you, there’s a lot less of saw dust in my little workshop, and as you say, I have my daily upper body exercise.

I too as Hannah would love to learn from you, and to bring that knowledge as a plan to offer universities in my city, so they teach real woodworking as a part of the industrial design careers.

Hector

2017-05-22T16:13:41+00:00

Hector

My dear Mr. Sellers: It seems every time I leave a message is to thank you for what you teach, I’ve learnt to restore, sharpen and setup my hand tools thanks to you, there’s a lot less of saw dust in my little workshop, and as you say, I have my daily upper body exercise. I too as Hannah would love to learn from you, and to bring that knowledge as a plan to offer universities in my city, so they teach real woodworking as a part of the industrial design careers.
I want to thank you for helping me so much.

The real turning point for me was when I watched your videos on constructing a work bench. When I watched you working outside in your garden using only saw horses and simple tools it was a game changer for me.

John

2016-12-01T10:21:27+00:00

John

I want to thank you for helping me so much. The real turning point for me was when I watched your videos on constructing a work bench. When I watched you working outside in your garden using only saw horses and simple tools it was a game changer for me.
Paul, Thank you for for inspiring me begin on a journey that I have thought about since I was a boy.

Nicol

2017-05-23T16:38:20+00:00

Nicol

Paul, Thank you for for inspiring me begin on a journey that I have thought about since I was a boy.
One thing I learn from you is how to reduce the amount of waste from my shop. Before one of my projects may have consumed many sheets of sandpaper now I seldom use more than one sheet even for a very large project. I use to set out a bag of shavings to the trash man every week, now I save them as mulch for my garden. I now finish some of my projects with shellac and wax which use very few rags as opposed oils which seem to require a mountain of rags.

John

2017-05-23T12:07:49+00:00

John

One thing I learn from you is how to reduce the amount of waste from my shop. Before one of my projects may have consumed many sheets of sandpaper now I seldom use more than one sheet even for a very large project. I use to set out a bag of shavings to the trash man every week, now I save them as mulch for my garden. I now finish some of my projects with shellac and wax which use very few rags as opposed oils which seem to require a mountain of rags.
Never thought to look you up on YouTube but ran into your videos accidentally. You taught me my first dovetail and Mortise&Tenon a long time ago in Texas. Wow, such a long time ago. Very happy to see you - I've tried to maintain a traditional, purest relationship with the wood because of the things you showed me at the beginning. Very grateful still after all these years. Now that I see you on YT I can remind the brain where it started and still should be. Thank you for putting yourself out there for us. Even tho I've been to many other schools since and have my own shop now, you were the best instructor I had. Always wondered where you went. Sincerely,

Don

2016-11-30T16:38:25+00:00

Don

Never thought to look you up on YouTube but ran into your videos accidentally. You taught me my first dovetail and Mortise&Tenon a long time ago in Texas. Wow, such a long time ago. Very happy to see you - I've tried to maintain a traditional, purest relationship with the wood because of the things you showed me at the beginning. Very grateful still after all these years. Now that I see you on YT I can remind the brain where it started and still should be. Thank you for putting yourself out there for us. Even tho I've been to many other schools since and have my own shop now, you were the best instructor I had. Always wondered where you went. Sincerely,
Just discovered you on youtube. Wonderful! I've been seeing the work with my hands now for decades, as I suspect you have too! Kindred spirit! Thank you for sharing the simple joys of gently encouraging wood to take the forms we envision.

John

2016-12-19T11:51:42+00:00

John

Just discovered you on youtube. Wonderful! I've been seeing the work with my hands now for decades, as I suspect you have too! Kindred spirit! Thank you for sharing the simple joys of gently encouraging wood to take the forms we envision.
Hi Paul,

Thanks for a great morning in Oxford, it was a pleasure to meet you and your fabulous team. I find your work inspirational and the time this morning was so rewarding, both Kathryn and myself took away a great desire to spread the word of traditional woodworking. Please keep on doing what you were born to and we both hope to meet with you all again soon.
Cheers

Don

2017-05-22T16:12:37+00:00

Don

Hi Paul, Thanks for a great morning in Oxford, it was a pleasure to meet you and your fabulous team. I find your work inspirational and the time this morning was so rewarding, both Kathryn and myself took away a great desire to spread the word of traditional woodworking. Please keep on doing what you were born to and we both hope to meet with you all again soon. Cheers
Just a quick note to say thanks for all you did to get the book and dvd's delivered. I was really afraid they were not going to make it because of the Christmas rush but they were delivered in Australia just six days after the order got through. Again thank you very much.

 

The gift was for my son who has just finished five years of boarding school where he was very limited in his choice for a hobby. I was unable to be with him for Christmas but I have been told that his eyes lit up when he saw the gift. Since returning to his home he has resurrected an old work bench I had made many years ago, cleaned and sharpened every chisel he could find in the old toolbox, and sharpened all the knives in the house. I hope it continues on to be a wonderful hobby for him. (I'm hoping for a beautiful dovetail cornered

box for Christmas next year 🙂  )

 

Please also thank Paul and everyone else that works there for the wonderful products they produce.

 

Cheers from 'Straya' (Australia)

Peter

2017-05-22T15:08:20+00:00

Peter

Just a quick note to say thanks for all you did to get the book and dvd's delivered. I was really afraid they were not going to make it because of the Christmas rush but they were delivered in Australia just six days after the order got through. Again thank you very much.   The gift was for my son who has just finished five years of boarding school where he was very limited in his choice for a hobby. I was unable to be with him for Christmas but I have been told that his eyes lit up when he saw the gift. Since returning to his home he has resurrected an old work bench I had made many years ago, cleaned and sharpened every chisel he could find in the old toolbox, and sharpened all the knives in the house. I hope it continues on to be a wonderful hobby for him. (I'm hoping for a beautiful dovetail cornered box for Christmas next year 🙂  )   Please also thank Paul and everyone else that works there for the wonderful products they produce.   Cheers from 'Straya' (Australia)
Hi Paul and team.

I've just read your recent blog post and I would like to say thank you! I am the student whose university lecturer came to see you this weekend and I am the one who works from my shed on my allotment! I have so much to tell you but in brief i would really like to say thank you for the gift you have given us creative people longing for a release. After being frustrated by the limited amount of woodworking on my university product design course, I spent a year building a shed on my allotment and watching every video you have released. Perfecting my planing technique and how to saw straight. I made a woodworking bench, bought a vintage Parkinson vise, over a dozen 100 year old saws from car boots and planes from a number 3 to 7. I am 22 years of age and I feel through your guidance I have the information many spend a lifetime to acquire. This was especially evident when this year I enrolled a teaching course to become a D&T teacher to teach young students the love for craft and to hopefully re educate the youth on traditional woodworking. My university lecturers were impressed with my knowledge and asked where I learned, to which I gladly pointed to your direction. They seemed to love your videos and as a result met you this weekend. I so thoroughly regret not being able to meet you, after feeling 'dumbed down' for having a love for woodworking on my first degree in Leeds, to now feeling like the star of the class in my new degree at Sheffield, I say thank you!

Ilyas

2016-12-01T09:57:15+00:00

Ilyas

Hi Paul and team. I've just read your recent blog post and I would like to say thank you! I am the student whose university lecturer came to see you this weekend and I am the one who works from my shed on my allotment! I have so much to tell you but in brief i would really like to say thank you for the gift you have given us creative people longing for a release. After being frustrated by the limited amount of woodworking on my university product design course, I spent a year building a shed on my allotment and watching every video you have released. Perfecting my planing technique and how to saw straight. I made a woodworking bench, bought a vintage Parkinson vise, over a dozen 100 year old saws from car boots and planes from a number 3 to 7. I am 22 years of age and I feel through your guidance I have the information many spend a lifetime to acquire. This was especially evident when this year I enrolled a teaching course to become a D&T teacher to teach young students the love for craft and to hopefully re educate the youth on traditional woodworking. My university lecturers were impressed with my knowledge and asked where I learned, to which I gladly pointed to your direction. They seemed to love your videos and as a result met you this weekend. I so thoroughly regret not being able to meet you, after feeling 'dumbed down' for having a love for woodworking on my first degree in Leeds, to now feeling like the star of the class in my new degree at Sheffield, I say thank you!
Hi Paul,

I am a practicing amateur woodworker after hours in my late 50s, and by day a mechanical engineer.

Your videos capture all the steps, skills and time necessary to complete a process. I know of no other training videos that provide such well planned detail. My skills are much improved in part because of your knowledge and generosity! Thank you for making your videos available to everyone.

Ken

2017-01-13T13:38:26+00:00

Ken

Hi Paul, I am a practicing amateur woodworker after hours in my late 50s, and by day a mechanical engineer. Your videos capture all the steps, skills and time necessary to complete a process. I know of no other training videos that provide such well planned detail. My skills are much improved in part because of your knowledge and generosity! Thank you for making your videos available to everyone.
A short note to thank you for the wonderful efforts you make to share your knowledge and common sense approach to woodworking. You're a very good man Paul Sellers.

Peter

2016-12-19T11:53:43+00:00

Peter

A short note to thank you for the wonderful efforts you make to share your knowledge and common sense approach to woodworking. You're a very good man Paul Sellers.
Mr Sellers thank you for your contribution to tradition. My neighbour growing up was a woodworker. A beautiful hearted man. He showed me quite a few things. He made it look so easy but the technique was yours to master and make your own. Unfortunately I was a teenager and didn't listen. But then again I guess I did listen because I've taken what he taught me and finally I started to put it to practice. "Any who" as he used to say, thank you so much for the knowledge and the memories that you brought back.

John

2016-12-01T11:18:21+00:00

John

Mr Sellers thank you for your contribution to tradition. My neighbour growing up was a woodworker. A beautiful hearted man. He showed me quite a few things. He made it look so easy but the technique was yours to master and make your own. Unfortunately I was a teenager and didn't listen. But then again I guess I did listen because I've taken what he taught me and finally I started to put it to practice. "Any who" as he used to say, thank you so much for the knowledge and the memories that you brought back.
I also want to take the time to thank you for what you do. About 5 years ago I had to make a career change from being a hands on automation engineer into a desk job. Manufacturing in the US has been disappearing and I wanted more stability for my family rather than having to move every time another factory closed. My last move took me inland to the Mid-West. I had to give up my sailing and boat restoration hobbies.

 

I decided to take up woodworking as a hobby to keep myself sharp and replace my lost creative outlet. While researching power tools, I came across one of your YouTube videos and was hooked. I am just starting out and have gotten a modest work area set up and built one of your work benches. I am now practicing the three joints getting ready for a real project.

 

Though I am an automation engineer, I highly value making unique items by hand. It feels so good to be challenged and to create something again. Even more importantly, I am learning a new "traditional" skill I can pass on to my daughter since sailing is no longer an option. She is 7 years old and already loves to make shavings with the spokeshave. The bonding time in the shop we have is priceless. Thank you for providing this opportunity to me. I wish I had discovered you while you were still in the US. Hopefully, I will be able to afford to make a trip to the UK for class someday.
Thank you for all you do,

Nick

2017-05-22T15:15:53+00:00

Nick

I also want to take the time to thank you for what you do. About 5 years ago I had to make a career change from being a hands on automation engineer into a desk job. Manufacturing in the US has been disappearing and I wanted more stability for my family rather than having to move every time another factory closed. My last move took me inland to the Mid-West. I had to give up my sailing and boat restoration hobbies.   I decided to take up woodworking as a hobby to keep myself sharp and replace my lost creative outlet. While researching power tools, I came across one of your YouTube videos and was hooked. I am just starting out and have gotten a modest work area set up and built one of your work benches. I am now practicing the three joints getting ready for a real project.   Though I am an automation engineer, I highly value making unique items by hand. It feels so good to be challenged and to create something again. Even more importantly, I am learning a new "traditional" skill I can pass on to my daughter since sailing is no longer an option. She is 7 years old and already loves to make shavings with the spokeshave. The bonding time in the shop we have is priceless. Thank you for providing this opportunity to me. I wish I had discovered you while you were still in the US. Hopefully, I will be able to afford to make a trip to the UK for class someday. Thank you for all you do,
Paul

I retired last year and like yourself I was an apprentice in the 1960's. I started my apprenticeship as a pipefitter welder in Newcastle in 1965 and passed  my City and Guilds exams for my  trade from the local engineering college . I worked as a journeyman welder,  building ships, oil rigs, pipelines, nuclear power stations etc. I studied at night school and open univ and finally got a masters degree in  welding engineering from Cranfield university and from a humble apprentice I finally became a qualified Engineer. The opportunities were there for me, I do not know if they still are for today's apprentices.

 

I enjoy all your posts and videos and I like the way you are mentoring the youth of today in hand skills the same as we both learned as teenagers.

 

On retirement, last year,  I took up woodwork. A far cry from welding steel together and to be honest a damn site harder. When I cut a piece of steel a few mm short I could always add a bit of weld in and then grind off so you could not see it was a mistake. Not so with wood to the same extent.

 

Anyway I am now 67 and learning and practicing woodwork most everyday and when I am stuck I go to your web site and learn from a tradesman just as I did as a youngster. I will never make a master woodworker but the journey is fun.
Thank you for making such good videos which help an old geordie metal basher like me to improve my new skill set.

Robert

2017-05-22T16:01:06+00:00

Robert

Paul I retired last year and like yourself I was an apprentice in the 1960's. I started my apprenticeship as a pipefitter welder in Newcastle in 1965 and passed  my City and Guilds exams for my  trade from the local engineering college . I worked as a journeyman welder,  building ships, oil rigs, pipelines, nuclear power stations etc. I studied at night school and open univ and finally got a masters degree in  welding engineering from Cranfield university and from a humble apprentice I finally became a qualified Engineer. The opportunities were there for me, I do not know if they still are for today's apprentices.   I enjoy all your posts and videos and I like the way you are mentoring the youth of today in hand skills the same as we both learned as teenagers.   On retirement, last year,  I took up woodwork. A far cry from welding steel together and to be honest a damn site harder. When I cut a piece of steel a few mm short I could always add a bit of weld in and then grind off so you could not see it was a mistake. Not so with wood to the same extent.   Anyway I am now 67 and learning and practicing woodwork most everyday and when I am stuck I go to your web site and learn from a tradesman just as I did as a youngster. I will never make a master woodworker but the journey is fun. Thank you for making such good videos which help an old geordie metal basher like me to improve my new skill set.
Thank you for your wonderful videos and instruction on woodworking. I use to work with my grandfather as a boy and since he passed I inherited his wood tools. I used your videos to bring his planes back to life and your bench design to make my own.

Ron

2017-05-22T15:45:37+00:00

Ron

Thank you for your wonderful videos and instruction on woodworking. I use to work with my grandfather as a boy and since he passed I inherited his wood tools. I used your videos to bring his planes back to life and your bench design to make my own.
Hi,

Thank you Mr Sellers and team, I have enjoyed my woodworking so much since finding you after doing a search about sharpening on the Internet, I had lost interest after nearly 20 years of using machines and thinking hand tools needed some sort of black magic to use - mine were just blunt though!

The reason for my message is that I just had my second moment of insight, the first being that I can get my tools properly sharp. The second was while cutting mortises for 6 of the stools from the projects, that's 96 mortises! I finally discovered why you turn the chisel and have the bevel vertical, the amount of leverage at the bottom of the mortise is incredible, I'm not sure why it took so long to 'get' other than it being a technique that must be learnt. I'm already looking forward to my next revelation.

I know you hear this all the time, but you and the team have made me love woodworking in a way that I never have before.

Thanks for everything,

Allan

2016-12-01T11:04:39+00:00

Allan

Hi, Thank you Mr Sellers and team, I have enjoyed my woodworking so much since finding you after doing a search about sharpening on the Internet, I had lost interest after nearly 20 years of using machines and thinking hand tools needed some sort of black magic to use - mine were just blunt though! The reason for my message is that I just had my second moment of insight, the first being that I can get my tools properly sharp. The second was while cutting mortises for 6 of the stools from the projects, that's 96 mortises! I finally discovered why you turn the chisel and have the bevel vertical, the amount of leverage at the bottom of the mortise is incredible, I'm not sure why it took so long to 'get' other than it being a technique that must be learnt. I'm already looking forward to my next revelation. I know you hear this all the time, but you and the team have made me love woodworking in a way that I never have before. Thanks for everything,
Paul,

I wanted to thank you. Back in August I decided to leave my terrible job and decided to re-invent myself at 64 years old. I decided on woodworking without power tools. I wondered if I was trying to do something based on romanticism rather than practicality. Then I discovered your blog, you tube videos. I now know it is possible and you have done a great deal to help and motivate me. From the bottom of my heart, thanks for all you do! It truly matters.

Warmest regards,

Rich

2016-12-01T11:48:46+00:00

Rich

Paul, I wanted to thank you. Back in August I decided to leave my terrible job and decided to re-invent myself at 64 years old. I decided on woodworking without power tools. I wondered if I was trying to do something based on romanticism rather than practicality. Then I discovered your blog, you tube videos. I now know it is possible and you have done a great deal to help and motivate me. From the bottom of my heart, thanks for all you do! It truly matters. Warmest regards,
 

I've been knocking together chunks of wood since highschool shop class but it wasn't until I got my grandfather's Stanley #5 and #6 that I got into handtools and started seeing artistry in my work. After seeing your videos on saw sharpening I started hunting through garage sells for old tools. I found a pair of old panel saws, roughly 21" long, rusted to death. The gentleman selling them must have though he was swindling me out of $10 for the pair. After refinishing the handles, re-rusting the blades, and re-toothing for 8 TPI cross-cut and rip respectively, they are the best saws in my shop. Now I can cross cut ash without tearout and resaw hard maple down to 3/16" thickness. I have really been enjoying resawing as it lets me add book-matching to door panels and table tops.

I wanted to thank you for sharing your knowledge of hand tools. I derive great satisfaction from building useful and beautiful pieces with the kind of character that hand tools allow.

Andrew

2017-05-23T12:05:38+00:00

Andrew

  I've been knocking together chunks of wood since highschool shop class but it wasn't until I got my grandfather's Stanley #5 and #6 that I got into handtools and started seeing artistry in my work. After seeing your videos on saw sharpening I started hunting through garage sells for old tools. I found a pair of old panel saws, roughly 21" long, rusted to death. The gentleman selling them must have though he was swindling me out of $10 for the pair. After refinishing the handles, re-rusting the blades, and re-toothing for 8 TPI cross-cut and rip respectively, they are the best saws in my shop. Now I can cross cut ash without tearout and resaw hard maple down to 3/16" thickness. I have really been enjoying resawing as it lets me add book-matching to door panels and table tops. I wanted to thank you for sharing your knowledge of hand tools. I derive great satisfaction from building useful and beautiful pieces with the kind of character that hand tools allow.
Dear Paul,

I am finding your Videos to be fascinating. I'm a Retired Tool Maker ( powered machines ) and heavy industrialist ( Diesel Engines for Earth Moving ). I've taken up home woodworking with powered tools. Wood is a far different medium than the metals I'm accustomed to. I've been consistently dissatisfied with the performance of even my best powered wood tools.

Recently, I came across your Video Series on Saw Blade Sharpening, your logic and methods seemed useful so I applied your technique to achieve very good results. I am now watching all of your many videos ( feeling myself becoming informed ). I am applying your knowledge to my daily work efforts and noticing steady improvement in results. I feel like I'm apprenticing again ( 50 years since my Tool Making Apprenticeship ). A very nice thing (for me) is that Woodworking Tools are all made of Steel ( my special skill ), I feel no hesitations regarding any of the various designs, they seem so very logical. I'm feeling myself becoming a Woodworker, perhaps with enough practice I'll become skilled. Thank you for this, you've inspired me.

Tony

2016-12-01T10:06:12+00:00

Tony

Dear Paul, I am finding your Videos to be fascinating. I'm a Retired Tool Maker ( powered machines ) and heavy industrialist ( Diesel Engines for Earth Moving ). I've taken up home woodworking with powered tools. Wood is a far different medium than the metals I'm accustomed to. I've been consistently dissatisfied with the performance of even my best powered wood tools. Recently, I came across your Video Series on Saw Blade Sharpening, your logic and methods seemed useful so I applied your technique to achieve very good results. I am now watching all of your many videos ( feeling myself becoming informed ). I am applying your knowledge to my daily work efforts and noticing steady improvement in results. I feel like I'm apprenticing again ( 50 years since my Tool Making Apprenticeship ). A very nice thing (for me) is that Woodworking Tools are all made of Steel ( my special skill ), I feel no hesitations regarding any of the various designs, they seem so very logical. I'm feeling myself becoming a Woodworker, perhaps with enough practice I'll become skilled. Thank you for this, you've inspired me.
Dear Paul:

I wanted to write and thank you for helping me realize why my woodworking wasn't making me happy. Through watching your videos, I have discovered that it's the noise, the dust, the maintenance and the "moving-out-of-the-way" of my many woodworking machines that makes it into a sort of rat-race. Passing a board through a jointer gives me no great satisfaction. But taking a shaving with a well-tuned bench plane is something that never loses its wonder. So, thank you. I'm a happier man due to your influence.

Paul

2017-05-22T15:48:39+00:00

Paul

Dear Paul: I wanted to write and thank you for helping me realize why my woodworking wasn't making me happy. Through watching your videos, I have discovered that it's the noise, the dust, the maintenance and the "moving-out-of-the-way" of my many woodworking machines that makes it into a sort of rat-race. Passing a board through a jointer gives me no great satisfaction. But taking a shaving with a well-tuned bench plane is something that never loses its wonder. So, thank you. I'm a happier man due to your influence.
Hello Paul,

I stumbled across your videos on YouTube late last year. Since then my wife loves to complain even more than ever before about my obsession with things "Wood"! My dad taught me basic things, having been from a family of trades people.

I have previously made very customized pieces, with traditional joinery and methods, no screws typically, and I enjoy working in an Australian hardwood called jarrah, I like the Refectory style for its simplicity and function, it lets the wood shine. Jarrah is a very hard wood but age and history/exposure leads to great colour variations, leading to furniture that can be from honey red-tan to a very dark brown.

I believe that the most important thing you can learn is, how to learn. To listen and observe, not just watch, someone who knows how to do their job, and consider "why" did he do it that way. I wanted to add my compliments to the multitude, and express my wholehearted appreciation to you, for you clear commitment to generously and unreservedly share your knowledge. It is a pleasure and hypnotic to watch you work and tool preparation videos have resolved so many issues I have always had that were the result of un-initalised tools.

I have just bought about 6 assorted planes to recondition and I have sharpened an re-set all my saws but I still need to hammer and anvil the set off a little. I can't wait to do the next job and use hand tools ,ore. now they are in great shape.

Take care & best wishes

Bruce

2017-05-22T15:05:23+00:00

Bruce

Hello Paul, I stumbled across your videos on YouTube late last year. Since then my wife loves to complain even more than ever before about my obsession with things "Wood"! My dad taught me basic things, having been from a family of trades people. I have previously made very customized pieces, with traditional joinery and methods, no screws typically, and I enjoy working in an Australian hardwood called jarrah, I like the Refectory style for its simplicity and function, it lets the wood shine. Jarrah is a very hard wood but age and history/exposure leads to great colour variations, leading to furniture that can be from honey red-tan to a very dark brown. I believe that the most important thing you can learn is, how to learn. To listen and observe, not just watch, someone who knows how to do their job, and consider "why" did he do it that way. I wanted to add my compliments to the multitude, and express my wholehearted appreciation to you, for you clear commitment to generously and unreservedly share your knowledge. It is a pleasure and hypnotic to watch you work and tool preparation videos have resolved so many issues I have always had that were the result of un-initalised tools. I have just bought about 6 assorted planes to recondition and I have sharpened an re-set all my saws but I still need to hammer and anvil the set off a little. I can't wait to do the next job and use hand tools ,ore. now they are in great shape. Take care & best wishes
Thank you for all your videos! Especially thank you for thinking about teaching fundamental techniques of hand tool use and for showing the entire process without lots of cuts in the video. I have learned so much. I just finished making a trestle counter table in walnut featuring hand cut mortises and tenons as well as planing and many other things I had never attempted before I studied your videos. I know you don't have to do it but it is an amazing thing you are doing sharing these skills. You should do a A Great British Woodworking TV Show (like the baking show, but better!). I'd love to send you pictures of my finished table if you have time. If not I understand. I tell everyone I know who has any interest in woodworking about your videos and blog. Thank you!!!!!!!

Craig

2016-12-01T10:30:45+00:00

Craig

Thank you for all your videos! Especially thank you for thinking about teaching fundamental techniques of hand tool use and for showing the entire process without lots of cuts in the video. I have learned so much. I just finished making a trestle counter table in walnut featuring hand cut mortises and tenons as well as planing and many other things I had never attempted before I studied your videos. I know you don't have to do it but it is an amazing thing you are doing sharing these skills. You should do a A Great British Woodworking TV Show (like the baking show, but better!). I'd love to send you pictures of my finished table if you have time. If not I understand. I tell everyone I know who has any interest in woodworking about your videos and blog. Thank you!!!!!!!