DSC_0057This 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_0074It’s been a struggle, yes, but he’s become a woodworker. How ’bout that! Real woodworking.


  1. Matt McGrane on 16 May 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Congratulations Rhodri!!! Make it work!

  2. Dewald Kruger on 16 May 2015 at 9:29 pm

    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

  3. Chris Bunney on 16 May 2015 at 9:31 pm

    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!

  4. Mike Ballinger on 17 May 2015 at 10:04 am

    Nice one Rhodri!

  5. Rhodri Owen on 17 May 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Thanks Matt!

  6. Allen Norris on 18 May 2015 at 7:59 am

    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

  7. rnatomagan on 18 May 2015 at 1:05 pm

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

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