Another lifestyle woodworker

DSC_0057 This really happened today. Imagine if it were you. How would you feel if in nine days you’d taken 32 bits of oak and made 56 intersecting joints with about 10 hand tools?


This man is Rhodri Owen. He came to me three years ago and did a nine day class. The he invested in another class. He left that class and gave up his job to start working on his own as a lifestyle woodworker. His workshop was his grandfather’s and he took it over and started building furniture. DSC_0074 It’s been a struggle, yes, but he’s become a woodworker. How ’bout that! Real woodworking.


  1. Go friend, go!

    At the other end of the spectrum, I finished the workbench today. A small one at 2 x 4 1/2 foot. With 25 pieces of recylcled pallet wood, 12 harmonious joints and two years since my intro to your blog, it is done! I named it the Paul Sellers Bantam.

    As I followed various bench blogs recently, the following might be of use: it is 40 inches high, I am 36 years old, 6’1 with no disabilities. Planing is a joy!

    Now for the projects………

    Kind regards

  2. Congratulations Rhodri! Its heartening to know that it really is possible to become a self employed artisnal woodworker! It gives hope to those of us who would dearly like to do the same. Good luck!

  3. Congratulations Rhodri, that looks a stunning chair. You must have had one of those ‘gosh I hope this is going to fit moments’. I trust it travelled OK

  4. Love these posts. They give me hope for possible change in lifestyle.

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