You asked me for this many times so here it is, With hundreds of profiles to develop moulds, moulding planes often need custom fettling. These are the methods I have found most effective and it takes no specialised equipment as you make you own profiles and use just about any abrasive from wet and dry…

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The textures in work are so diverse man merely glimpses them in snatches, little more than flashes but even those flashes far exceed an image and even a film. A mouth moves from smiling satisfaction to abrupt tensity and stock-still shock in split seconds parted by steps of transition in fifty convoluted shapes and each…

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I think that is true of our courses. We’re quite different really and we spread the good news of real woodworking all be it on a small scale. I taught my first class in the USA back in 1989 or thereabouts. Since then my hands on courses have shaped 5,500 woodworkers and I have taught…

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I personally think woodworking is a very marvellous thing and it doesn’t really matter whether you do it by hand or use machines or both. I like to do my work as much by hand as is practicable and so about ninety-eight percent of my work is indeed worked by my hands. I think this…

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…or should I perhaps say Working wood makes living good. In some ways my blog records a wide range of things I might otherwise have never written down and that includes everything from new tool reviews to my opinions on sharpness and what sharpness is. Some time back I presented something to my students suggesting…

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Every so often a grouping of tools comes together as a package via eBay and at first glimpse of a poorer image you might pass over it without thinking. This might have been the case when I bought the tools shown here. The image was quite unclear but the silhouette of the small router piqued…

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We had a new intake of students from around the globe today, Sierra Leone, some from the USA , east and west, Netherlands and Spain. Oh yes, and the UK. They will be here for nine days and I am always surprised how easily people from different continents can totally connect in just a matter…

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Often it’s the unexplainable things of life that make the most sense to our sensibilities. Strange really, when you think about it. The leaf a tree carries and the way wood severed from it’s root in the same stem brings life to what we make from it. These things are things a scientist explains and…

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I was just sixteen when I made mine from the same pine with the same eight hand tools bought brand new that cost me six weeks wages working 52 hours in each week to buy them. I got paid £3.50 a week back then and the tools meant something to me because they cost me…

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  • mark leatherland on Woodworking PatternsHi Paul, wise words. Im trying to develop my own patterns to speed up and improve my woodworking. I don't think that your nearly 400k followers will be looking elsewhere for a new…
  • Thomas Angle on Woodworking PatternsI can think of a few off the top of my head that seem to not master their tools. They do look clumsy and seem a little uncomfortable with them. Of course Paul has and elegance when…
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  • Paul Sellers on Woodworking PatternsOne thing I learned and indeed loved about living and working in Texas for half my working life was how many children would address their fathers as Sir and Daddy in the same sente…
  • Hank Edwards on Woodworking PatternsMost everything I had intended to say has been said. Two points remain to be addressed. First to nemo: I work a great deal with translating. English does have a formal structure ak…
  • Jon on Woodworking PatternsYou're not the only one! I've started over from the beginning. The beginning, I think, because I'm not sure. I think the Paul Sellers Blog starts in the spring of 2012, but I'm not…
  • jay gill on Woodworking PatternsI love the integration of pattern and humility! Really got me thinking. A friend once told me that the only difference between a groove, a rut and a grave is depth. I think it's hu…