We had a wonderful day at the workshop today. Course it is Easter weekend in North Wales and our region is noted internationally as a region of outstanding natural beauty, but we opened our New Legacy woodwork school doors for visitors today just so they could sample what real woodworking is all about and we were overwhelmed with the interest in what we do.
Hand tool woodworking is really appreciated and whereas in times past people seemed disinterested in my woodworking craft and furniture making craft, these past few years I have seen a marked difference. In the past I often felt that people visiting were perhaps bored and were looking for something to, well, yes, entertain them, but that’s not the case now at all. These people seemed genuinely supportive of our efforts in passing on skills of substance to others who want to work with their hands. They shook my hand and said how much they appreciate it when craftsmen and women pass down their knowledge.
Today I worked on building a new clamp stand that I could roll around to the benches and this one holds 36 of my alluminium clamps neatly and safely in place. I also built in a lower bin for ‘C’ clamps and a shelf for a dozen glue bottles and sandpaper. This will help to keep order during woodworking classes and hands-on workshops.
John came back from his trip to Southport yesterday and settled in to restoring one of his handsaws and Jonathan, one of last weeks students, came in to finish all of his projects before he returns to London. His work was quite remarkable and we had a great time working together through the day. Here are this weeks projects.