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The Big Week Ahead

P1190012Let me start out by saying I am so sorry to those who can’t come to the open house starting this Saturday but know this, YOU are all in my heart and every demonstration and lecture I am involved with this coming week will include you in my mind. Everyone here has been getting ready for the upcoming ArtWeeks that involves each one of them.P1190010

Hard to imagine but four months have passed since my leaving North Wales and moving to Oxfordshire. It still feels a little transitional but I have made some fine friends who are truly gifted artisans.

Neil Scott is a creative designer with unique concepts using everything from chrome on steel and casting resins and woods he would risk his life for. He’s highly proactive as an independent designer in his own right and a neat guy to be around; you cannot do anything but love his work.P1190019 P1180989

Mary’s upholstery work is just beautiful and as a skilled seamstress much of her work exemplifies the hidden detail and craftsmanship she keeps alive through an impeccable quest she has to know her craft from the inside out.P1180942

And then there’s Chris Boreham, a young designer who takes on just about anything that helps everyone achieve their goals. He and Rodas Irving are both independent craftsmen who often share their different space to bring a project together. P1180969Rodas is a highly productive maker producing all types of outdoor furniture  from oak. P1180946

There are others too, special people, crafting artisans, and I hope to cover that in later blog next week.P1180966

On Saturday we have the literary evening and yours truly will be last man on to talk about his book and why he wrote it. I wish that you could all be here with me but I know you will understand that this is an important part of the vision we have for the future of woodworking, so please be with me in spirit.P1190016

Those of you that can make it to see us during our open house  we would love to see you. Of course it’s more than just Art Weeks and the Literary evening and the Wood Centre. It’s about living your work and living your craft. I will have more on this soon.P1180970



  1. Brianj on 13 May 2016 at 2:09 am

    Thanks for the glimpse into it. Something that caught my eye is the pinned picture frames in the pic with the armchair. what great grain an contrast of the pins. The Chris Boreham stool looks solid and has great visual appeal as well.
    Hope you enjoy it!

  2. eddy flynn on 13 May 2016 at 5:25 pm

    I’m gutted I can’t be there I wish this had happened at the castle but I love the way things are going for you and the team, good luck

  3. JEREMY S SMITH on 13 May 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Looks fantastic.

  4. evan on 14 May 2016 at 12:45 am

    The purple chair is I assume Mary’s. Even in the photo you can see how well done it is. Looks like a fabulous sitter.

  5. Michael Stauffer on 16 May 2016 at 2:14 pm

    What was the address of the open house?

    • Paul Sellers on 16 May 2016 at 4:10 pm

      Sylva Wood Centre
      Little Wittenham Road
      Long Wittenham
      OX14 4QT

  6. Dave Parks on 17 May 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Beautiful work. I’m glad you can share your friends experience.
    Have a problem. Have not an email in two weeks until today. Don’t know why. Have
    received other email from England so Whats up;? I need my regulardose of “Paul”.

  7. Bill Jaxkson on 1 June 2016 at 8:42 am

    On a slightly different subject, I attended a weekend wood working event at ” Haughly Park” Suffolk and one of the stands was an eighty six year old lady ( Harriot ) using her old tools making furniture. Trained seventy years ago as a cabinet maker she is still using her original mid ninteeth century wooen plane and saws. She has a young lady apprentice and it was a pleasure to talk to them and see them working wood .

    • Paul Sellers on 1 June 2016 at 11:25 am

      That’s good. Not sure where woodworking is headed these days. Seems that politics dictate. You don’t say whether either of them made or had made their living from woodworking or whether it was an interest or hobby for them. That would be interesting to me and I would be interested in speaking to Harriet if she has as there are so few woodworkers who have accomplished that and the condition is worsening and the problem seems to me non-gender specific. I know more cabinet makers who trained and don’t make or haven’t really made their living from their craft than do these days and most rely on their spouse earning more than they do as crafting artisan.

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