People are passing through the workshop and reading my book. Those that like what they see buy and ask me to sign it, which I enjoy. I try to consider how I can help people who unlike me never had the opportunity or were under guided, misguided, under valued and in essence underprivileged by societal expectations and poor concern in a wide range of spheres.

I met several people from my home town area today. It was a surprise really, to be able to immediately identify that they were from Stockport, based on the first three or four words they spoke. We talked about the places we knew and the people in areas where we had worked. I thought about a man who came with his wife who were taking a couple of days away. Two sons and a lifelong desire to work wood yet never having the opportunity. There are hundreds of thousands of people who would love to work with wood but are intimidated by fear of failure, machines, lack of working knowledge and much more. While many so called power tool manufacturers have produced machines to help with woodworking through the years, many woodworking tasks such as dovetailing and carving, inlaying and so on have been dumbed down to leave much of the work boring and mundane. My book and the new DVDs address these decades of imbalanced perspectives to give real working wood a chance and people skills they dreamed of.

  • Gerard on Where My Wood Comes FromFrom New Zealand, thank you all for your comments: they have warmed me at the start of a wet, cool winter's day. I'm not alone in my desire to re-use timber, wherever it may be fou…
  • Martin on Where My Wood Comes FromExcellent advice. I am into day 3 of using the sides and backs of old drawers to provide clean flat thin wood to make the shelves of a display cabinet for my smaller tools. Not onl…
  • Jeff D on Plane Knob Without a LatheI know from making archery bows of wood that the fruit and nut trees are suitable for the flexion and compression of archery within the limits of the wood itself and design so ther…
  • Andrew on Plane Knob Without a LatheAs I recall Paul has said that most any hardwood will do for plane handles. You can even use some highly figured stuff that would be too weak for other applications. Besides, if it…
  • Mike O'Neil on Where My Wood Comes FromI know what you mean, Paul. I've been an "opportunist scrounger/scavenver" for years. I just can't pass up a "beautiful to me" piece of wood. Just prior to reading this I just happ…
  • Bruce Fleenor on Where My Wood Comes FromI've always been a "low budget" wood worker using free wood and used tools. I've found great wood on the side of the road, house demolition sights etc. I also cruise the big box st…
  • Gary on Where My Wood Comes FromI have been fortunate that when my father retired in 1975 he bought a tractor driven saw mill with a three foot blade. He sawed many walnut, cherry, sassafras, oak, and maple logs…