Moving Out, Moving On!

It seemed a little strange this past week or two but progress is after all progress. I’ve spent last few weeks dismantling nearly two year’s of work with the woodworking school and then the garage workshop experiment too. Both have been part of our ongoing success in that for every hammer blow striking the nail there is that seemingly negative energy that pulls the arm holding the hammer back. For plane strokes, saw strokes and scraper swipes it’s the same. As I said, progress seems always to be mostly two steps forward and the occasional one back but be prepared for  two and even three back from time to time.

Last week we removed the school with its workbenches and all of the tools we used there and our space will host other creative people with boats, canoes and more. For me it has seemed a little sad, one of those withdrawing reverse strokes at first glance if you will, but then, when I think of the long strides we’ve made into the future of woodworking, I’m in no doubt that our vision widened with the strides and that we’ve become all the more inclusive to all.

The woodworking school, at one time a seeming beginning and end in itself, has now become the stepping stone we needed to prepare for our current work. People came from major countries and cities around the world to the mid sized county of Oxfordshire not knowing where on earth they were coming to. Once they stood around the anchor points of the workbenches for class they somehow seemed settled in. I liked that they did. Standing inside the former garage walls was surreal for them too, as was the studio where most of the films we’re made.

Taking down the walls, I passed them on to a friend to upgrade as his wood storage walls. Seven miles away stands the empty building that’s waiting for us to rehouse our things and start building our future in. It’s a funny thing that it’s not the physical building that’s holding us up but broadband, lawyers, bankers and developer’s agents with computers that now stand between us in finalising our last steps to our new home. There’s a sort of buzz humming away steadily in the background at work. Beyond the buzz of power routers and tablesaws there’s the buzz of our day to day activity as we look at the stats and the stacks of emails, questions and support elements that hover like drones ready for interaction and engagement in the background. The days are never dull because we all have goals to continue building the future of woodworking. So on the one hand, as one set of walls come down, I’ve been watching new walls go up in the new location.

In a week or so our future unfolds in the building of the new studio workshop inside our new building. Yes, the workbenches go with us because our work continues. My taking a sabbatical with the school does not mean less teaching but much more. I am ever aware that it was the past three decades of teaching that paved the way for this path to be ongoing and much of what I have learned in teaching came from time involved with students from all corners of the world. These blog posts are important to keep you up to date with our plans and the progress we make so please sign up for the updates here if you want notifications.

9 comments on “Moving Out, Moving On!

  1. Paul,

    I’ve been a follower for years and know without a doubt that your reverse stroke has following a precise cut and ultimately a precision product crafted from the heart and mind of the genius that is Paul Sellers! My best to you! Galen

    • Thank you Galen. I am more excited about our move forward and so are the friends I work with. It has all been very much a work in progress and knowing it is reaching people around the world makes all that we do so worthwhile. Stay well!

  2. I just wanted to congratulate with your staff for the great quality videos that are surrounding your work. During the videos I noticed many improvements in descriptions, camera captures and the quality of images. That’s very important for people that view the projects from home.
    Thanks.

    • Thank you Giorgio, I am blessed. Personally, I think it reflects the dedication of the young people I work with. You don’t get to see them as I do, but not only are they lovely to be around, they craft their work with fineness in the same way I craft my pieces. I say you don’t see them as I do meaning face to face in the every day. I say ‘young‘ because they are all quite, quite young and aspiring in their own right.
      You see they’re adaptable, concerned, caring. They flex, they make things happen that wouldn’t happen without them.
      And then, just when I think that things can’t get any better, they reward me with something new and interesting and so vastly better. Personally, young people amaze me because they are mostly marvellous. They are bright, bright-eyed and they do amazing things to amaze me all the more when I see them every day.

  3. May you keep blessing us with your philosophies of life and your excellent woodworking videos. I have learned much from you, though I have not journeyed to your physical class locations. My joining skills have improved, your excitement about woodworking is infectious, and your projects have been viewed and incorporated into my own woodworking. I am looking forward to your next adventures and instructive endeavors. God bless you, my man, as you are a lovely person in the British sense of the word.

  4. Hello,
    congratulations for your new workshop, but i’m confused reading your blog articles : there is a video with a new brick background but it’s not the new workshop ? You have left the old workshop and bought a new one because of noises which were annoying for filming ?

    • Yes, but there were other reasons also. We have really outgrown our space too. When we came here we were three and now we are eight. Also we are planning to take on one more before the new year. Noise and light has indeed been an issue and it’s difficult to stay focussed with routers and helicopters taking over the airways periodically.

  5. Congratulations and Best wishes to all involved in this upcoming resettlement. We would like a visual tour when you are comfortably settled in lol and really do look forward to more tutorials and masterwork classes from our best craftsman:) Your creativity and lessons will always continue to inspire no matter where your instructions are held.

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