Over the years, more than two decades now, I’ve been encouraging woodworkers to adopt a method for perfecting tenons using the extraordinary adaptation of an otherwise ordinary hand tool. It’s not new anymore, but in the beginning, back in the late 1980s, it was quite new and not usual in any way. I developed the technique in my own work because of flawed work produced by my students who lamented the results of chisel and saw work alone.
The Almost Abandoned Hand Router Plane Returns
It’s true, by the late 80s few individuals in woodworking circles using the router plane. For me, I couldn’t imagine woodworking without the aid of an ordinary hand router plane. Yet I was surprised never to see others using this indispensable tool to refine their work, especially the cheeks of tenons. Gradually, year on year, I have seen the router plane resurrected to do much more than its intended use. In its relatively short lifespan in the woodworking industry, the router plane I speak of seemed more abandoned than used. That’s because the now ubiquitous power router replaced it before it became as fully orbed as we have made it to be today.
Total Therapy – Just Total Immersion
We merged two very different technologies to create a subtle blend of harmony in presenting woodworking hand craft and crafting film as the art of harmonised energy.
I lectured on this never-seen system twice this past year, and I think it is pure therapy to watch and do. Please see it to the very end to get the full impact. I just loved watching the film work.
Full credit for the video work to Ellie, Phil and Joseph because this compilation is an ever-unfolding dream coming true!