Happy Birthday Paul!

This is a photo from my dad’s birthday two years ago.

Happy New Year Everyone!

This is Paul’s son, Joseph, briefly seizing control of this blog to mark the occasion of my dad turning 72. Happy Birthday Dad!

I invite you to join me in wishing him a happy birthday in the comments below.

While you are here, I thought you might enjoy a bit of trivia about my dad.

  • His dad (Joseph Sellers) was an British paratrooper in WW2 and met his Belgian mum (Ghislena Picha-Decroix) when he was posted in Belgium.
  • My dad is one of six children and he and his sister are non-identical twins.
  • During his time working in the police my dad worked both as a uniformed officer and undercover for the CID.

226 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Paul!”

    1. Happy Birthday Paul. It is so nice to finally find someone older than me. Take care and stay safe, we all need you.

  1. Happy Birthday Paul,
    God bless you!
    Stay healthy and well in the new year of your life.

    Greetings from Germany.
    Hartmut Fries

  2. Be this year filled with what you enjoy and hope for.
    A very happy birthday is wished to you from Norway, Paul!

  3. Happy Birthday Paul,
    your Program and efforts have changed my life for the better.
    Thank you (and your team) for all you do.
    Tad

  4. Very, very, very happy Birthday, Paul!! Best wishes for you in this day and for many days like this in the future!! I only expect to be so well as you are now when I arrive to your age!!

  5. Dear Paul,

    Happy birthday to you and happy new year to both you and your Team.

    It has been truly a joy to have met your channels. You all did a great service to us passionate woodworkers.

    I embraced a new philosophy of life thanks to your masterclasses. I learnt how to slow down and enjoy every second I spent in my garage.

    You really changed me for the better….an outstanding methamorphosis.

    Thank you so much. I wish you all the best for the incoming months and years.

    Max.

  6. Paolo Tiongson

    Happy birthday Paul!
    Wishing you all the best and thanking you for everything you do in the woodworking community.
    You have been my woodworking mentor these past two years.
    Keep safe!

  7. Dear Paul, all the best for your birthday. Sometimes it’s strange how catastrophes or wars can start families. I am german and my uncle was a prisoner of war on a farm near cambridge. After WW2 he married the farmer’s daughter and stayed there. Ans the family of my wife’s father had to flee from China to Taiwan during the revolution and her father later moved on further to Germany. And now we are all a big family.
    Enjoy your birthday (same day as my brother) and stay safe, Thomas

  8. Happy birthday Paul! I’ll never forget when I decided to learn a few hand tool skills. Picked up a few books and by some stroke of luck yours was one of them. It was a game changer to say the least! A big happy birthday from Texas!!

  9. Happy !
    Thank you so much for doing what you do. Your blog always make my day. I wish you many more years of happiness and success.
    Jim

  10. Happy Birthday Mr. Sellers from Vancouver Island Canada.

    Thank you so very much for your informative and entertaining videos and more. You started me on the road to learning about carving and wood working – and the doing it.

  11. Matthew Hébert

    Happy Birthday! You have given more than you’ll ever know, so thanks. And here’s to you getting a little something nice on your birthday. 🙂

  12. Michael Creagh

    Happy Birthday Paul.
    You are an inspiration to so many people and in so many different ways, not just working wood. All the best from Berlin

  13. Happy birthday Paul. I have been reading about woodworking my whole adult life because I do not have the space or money for a barn full of machines. Thank you for showing us that woodworking is possible without them.

  14. Happy Birthday from Belgium Paul!

    I wish you long years in good health and let everyday bring you joy and satisfaction from what you’re doing. I’m so glad we have you to teach and inspire us.

    Best Regards,
    Marcin

    P.S.
    Joseph, thanks for the trivia. It’s super interesting.
    I remember Paul mentioning in one of his posts, some childhood days in Ghent.
    I was wondering why was that. Now it clicked in place 🙂

  15. Phil and Luca Taylor

    Happy Birthday.
    May you have a great day and many more happy, healthy, and productive years.
    Bless you.

  16. Hans Thomas Andersen

    Happy Birthday mr. Sellers. Thanks for a wonderful blog, and channel. Love to follow you, never miss an opportunity to learn. All the best.
    Sincerely
    Hans

  17. A very happy birthday to you and thank you so much for all of the information and content that you distribute.

    Long may you keep up the good work.

  18. Happy birthday from Queensland Australia Paul. I really appreciate your woodwork wisdom which you so kindly share with people you don’t even know from all around the world.

  19. Mike Bermingham

    Happy Birthday Paul,
    hope you have many many more
    Stay safe and healthy for the new year

    Greetings from Surrey
    Mike Bermingham

  20. Have a blessed and happy birthday Paul!! You are a true treasure of a man, and loved by countless people around the world!

  21. A very happy birthday to you, Paul! Thank you for continuing to teach and inspire us, and I hope that many more wonderful years are to come for you!

  22. Brian the golfer

    Happy Birthday Paul.
    It was thanks to you that I spent all my free time over Christmas in my garage making my version of your first Masterclass project, a clock. Time flies when you make a clock I discovered. All the best for next year and many more.

    Brian

  23. Happy Birthday Mr. Seller’s,
    You have been a blessing to me during the past 3 years. Your dedication and love of what you do has inspired me to go back to making. I hope you enjoy more of making, creating and innovation in the years to come. I know I’m only one of thousands that have enjoyed the journey you make.

    Blessings from a Yankee living in Tennessee

  24. Happy Birthday, Paul. You are an inspiration to us “wood butchers” the world around. I always look forward to your posts and videos!

    Keep ‘em coming!

    Regards,

    John Downing
    Amherst, NH
    USA

  25. A belated Happy Birthday Paul.
    Hope that 2022 is good for you, your family & all the WWMC team.
    Thank you for all that you do.

  26. Happy Birthday Paul, hope you have a great time, infact I’m sure you will.
    Jings you have lived life full and now back to your roots doing what you love best.
    I love seeing you sitting in your new living room, just gazing at your creations with so much pride, and rightly so.
    Wish I had your enthusiasm and energy, I have to give myself a shove to get motivated and out to the workshop now.
    Anyway hope you have a wonderful time and I’m looking forward to your next youtube video.

    Eddie.

  27. Happy Birthday Paul,hope you had a wonderful day. I’m working my way through your Essential Woodworking Handtools book.Enjoying it immensely.

  28. Best wishes on your birthday Paul.
    You have been an inspiration to many
    and have shown both men and ladies how woodworking can improve their whole outlook on life Wish you many more years to come.

  29. Happy Birthday Paul. Thankful for your dad’s service. My dad also setved in ww2.
    Hope you have a wonderful day, and many more years ahead of sharing your tallents with all of us in your wonderful teaching way. Being a good teacher is juct as big a tallent as being a craftsman.
    Jim Light

  30. Happy birthday from Spain.
    I’ve been following your commowoodworking advice for about a year and slowly learning to keep my tools sharp, sense the work and stop fighting the wood.
    Thanks for all you share. I wish a lot more happy birthdays with your family.

  31. Happy Birthday Paul. I am very happy to have met you. You changed my whole way of wood working. Wait until you see the tool cabinet I’m working on. It’s going to be awesome. Lots of dovetails. Enjoy your day. You deserve it.
    Scott from NJ

  32. Laurence Goedar

    Happy Birthday Paul!
    Many happy returns in good health.
    Thank you for getting me addicted to hand tool woodworking!

  33. Neil Armstrong

    Happy birthday Paul. I also apart from having a life long passion for woodworking completed 32 years in Staffordshire Police. Now at the age of 68 my passion is as strong as ever complimented perfectly by your superb video content. Keep up the good work Paul best wishes Neil Armstrong.

  34. Happy birthday Paul, all the very best.
    Thank you for all the hard work that you and your team have put in over the years and sheared with us.
    Thanks again,
    Ray Clark

  35. Happy Birthday Paul! May this be the best one you have ever had and all the ones to come even better. I know you have a ;to to look forward to as I am 12 years older then you and still enjoying my life and all it brings.

    Tom

  36. Happy birthday Paul. May your back continue to be strong, your eyes clear, and your heart warm. I am glad I found you and happy to learn from you.

  37. Larry Matthews

    Happy Birthday Paul to the friend I have never met. You are doing a service to many through your work. Keep it up.

  38. Happy Birthday Paul from Minnesota. Thank you for your tireless production of so
    many great videos and your regular blog thoughts

  39. Best wishes from Texas, Paul. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and skills with us. I feel like I know you, though we’ve not met.

  40. James Michael Rouse

    Paul,

    Happy Birthday from Elza Gate, Tennessee and many more. I so enjoy your blog and all the tips you provide.

  41. I’d like to join in wishing you a happy birthday, Paul.
    Long may your craftsmanship and your blogs continue!

  42. Joyous felicitations upon the anniversary of your natal day.
    (And thanks, as ever, for sharing your knowledge with the rest of us!)

  43. Hi Paul,
    Hope you had a great birthday with your family and thanks once again for passing on your knowledge to us. Hope to see you enjoy many more happy birthdays and great to hear about your Father’s WWII service and interesting to read that you also served to protect the public by working for the police ( perhaps you could share a tale or two about your Dad and also your police work).
    All the best, Mart

  44. Happy birthday Paul from a currently very frozen (9 below zero) Wyoming. Through this blog and woodworking master class you have enabled me to learn what I wouldn’t have been able to any other way.

  45. Many happy returns Paul for 4th January, my birthday is today 5th ,
    My old foreman when I was an apprentice would have been 94 the same day as you, and another chap at the same works would have been 95 , all round January is quite a month wood workers.

  46. A very Happy Birthday to you, Paul, from an American fan of your MasterClass posted across the channel here in Belgium.

  47. Happy birthday Paul! I have been so blessed to have found your teaching and books on wood working. I have made your work bench, mallet, and stools. I will be 69 this year. It is never too late to start learning and doing. I can hear you say, I believe in you. You can do this.
    God bless you and your family and team.
    Happy birthday from Tulsa Oklahoma.

  48. Marvin L. McConoughey

    Happy 72 and I am grateful for your wonderful book of woodworking and tool wisdom, your teaching brilliance, and your fundamental sense of kindness. I am 84 and hope that you far surpass that number. Marvin

  49. Happy Birthday Paul! Thanks for being the great woodworking guru teacher. You are an inspiration to all of us amateur woodworkers.

  50. Happy Birthday Paul from Apalachin NY. Plus a belated Happy New Year.
    Thanks much for all the videos on woodworking.

  51. Mike Osteander

    Happy birthday Paul. Many happy returns. Been watching and reading your work for 5 or 6 years now. Your work has been both inspirational and aspirational for me. Looking forward to many more years to come.

  52. Happy (belated) birthday, Paul! I really got in to hand tool woodworking years ago when I built the joiner’s mallet from your YouTube instructions. I’ve been hooked ever since, though finding time to work in the shop with two toddlers has been challenging. Looking forward to teaching my daughters all about the [amateur expression of the] craft.

  53. Happy Birthday Paul! I finished my workbench on your birthday! I’ve really appreciated your teachings over the years, thank you!

  54. Wally (William Cox)

    Happy Birthday Paul! I’ve been watching for a very long time my friend! From the beginning. I too will have a birthday (my 69th!) coming on the 31st this month!

  55. Happy birthday, Paul. I’ll join you at the age of 72, later this year. Thanks for your uplifting advice and wisdom on all things life!

  56. Happy birthday Paul!!!

    I also desire to express my deepest gratitude to all of your team for their amazing work. My discovery of blog & YouTube channel has greatly affected my woodworking and taught me to step back from a singular focus into multi sense focus that has improved not just my skill, but more importantly, extended my enjoyment of woodworking. My thought processes have evolved from linear to lateral and I’m grateful for this too.

    From the great state of Texas, we wish you the happiest of birthdays and pray for y’all’s ongoing good health, and God’s blessings.

    Michael

  57. Happy Birthday Paul! I discovered your videos last year and wanted to say thank you for sharing your knowledge and talents.

  58. Happy Birthday Paul. Many thanks for passing on your knowledge, such a wonderful thing to do. You should be knighted for your services to woodworking.

  59. Peter Littlejohn

    Happy Birthday Paul, wishing you good health. May you have many more birthdays to come. Best wishes from New Zealand.

  60. Hello Mr Sellers,

    Congratulations on your birthday.
    My own father is 92.

    My you have as many days ahead of you as my dad has.
    Enjoy your day.

    Many thanks for your knowledge and skill. I love to wood work with hand tools and have both of your books. When I am too tired to wood work, I listen to you on YouTube or log into masterclasses to learn more.

    Doug

  61. Happy Birthday, Paul! Wishing you the very best and continued good health to enjoy your family and friends for many years!

  62. Hi Paul, heartfelt good wishes to you on your birthday, may you have many many more active years. Regards Jim.

  63. Happy Birthday Paul, I have fond memories of my time spent with you at the Woodworking School and I still have the mallet that you put your name stamp on.

  64. Jerry L Brasier

    Happy birthday Paul, from the snowy mountains of Utah. You’ve taught this old wood butcher quite a few tricks over the past couple of years, and I really appreciate your willingness to share. Just wish I was 72 again.

  65. I know I am Late in Wishing You a Happy Birthday. I am so thrilled that you and my Mom share the same Birthday, she would have been 75. I hope you had a wonderful celebration.

  66. Happy Birthday Paul! Thank you for giving me the courage to begin working with wood by hand at the age of 74! I hope you know how much your teaching mean to us all. Many, many more Happy Birthdays to you!

  67. Happy Birthday, Paul!
    Warmest wishes to you on your very special day. I hope that you continue to change the lives of others with your positivity, love, and beautiful spirit.
    All the best,
    Marius

  68. Nicholas Gaudiuso

    Happy birthday! Thank you for your work and generosity in approach to teaching. From New York City

  69. Happy Birthday, Paul – from a 73 year old in the USA. Thank you for all the work you and your team do in developing these videos – it is very much appreciated that you are sharing your life experiences and the skills you have developed.

  70. Happy Birthday Paul, hope you have a great day. I very much enjoy learning from your books, YouTube sessions and your blogs.

  71. Happy Birthday old timer, I can say because you are eight months older. Thanks for all you do, if you stopped it would not be good for you, but you know that.

  72. William D. Elliott

    Paul,
    From the Great State of Texas, we wish you Happy Birthday. Because of your time here, you are a fellow Texan. I was thinking that because I spend and have spent a couple of hours a week with you and have for all these years, I feel like I know you better than many of my friends and extended family members. Nevertheless, the brief biographical information provided by your son was interesting and enjoyable to know. Best Wishes.
    William D. Elliott
    Dallas, Texas.

  73. Happy Birthday Mr. Sellers
    It is a pleasure to have been exposed to your teaching , creativity both with woodworking but also your blog writings. May you continue on in good health to bring your knowledge to many more students. I am a 75 year old student but sincerely hope there are a lot of younger ones learning from you.

  74. Hi Paul, Happy Birthday.
    Interesting reading a little bit of Trivia.
    My Father was also a twin, also was a paratrooper in WW2 and was bought up in the UK.
    Enjoy the year ahead to your next mile stone.
    I do enjoy you articles which bring back memories of my woodwork teacher and his teaching are on the same page as yours.
    Cheers Kim
    Australia

  75. Happy Birthday Paul. its such a joy to watch and learn from you. You are truly inspirational Best wishes Howard. Worcester England

  76. A slightly belated Happy Birthday, Paul! As I am new to woodworking I am thoroughly enjoying your writing, videos, and learning from you. Keep up the instructing. I wish you many more bdays to follow.
    Brad

  77. Happy birthday Paul. I’m looking forward to reading your biography. What a life, a journey that brought many people around the world happiness. Thanks again for sharing your life with us. Bob from the U. S. A.

  78. Happy belated birthday Paul! I finished my new workbench on your birthday and it is a thing of beauty. It stretched my abilities but I had a load of fun making it. I’ll certainly have you in my mind every time I use it- and it seems like it will last a lifetime. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge over the years!

    (apologies if i posted twice, my last comment doesn’t appear to have gone through)

  79. Hope you had a great birthday wow 72 don’t stop suddenly I might bump into you I just turned 69. I also have always been a hand tool person living in Northern Utah where good woodworking instruction is hard to find I’ve mostly learned from books ( I did spend 2 years in the carpender shop in the Navy) the best thing that happened to me was finding your U tube and of course I grabbed both of your books I want to thank you for what you do amd wish you good health and happiness for the rest of your life may God watch over and bless you enjoy your birthday party .
    Lee Jensen

  80. Happy birthday Mr. Sellers! I wish you good health and a year full of wood!

    Thank you for everything you share. It take a big heart to give your knowledge so easily and with such enthusiasm. Your passion for woodworking is more than inspiring!

  81. Paul – You’ve successfully completed yet another trip around the sun! Congratulations, and best wishes for many more circumambulations.

  82. Happy Birthday, Paul. You have reached out to so many of us around the world; you’ve given us purpose and encouragement, you’ve taught us skills, you’ve shown us how to make beautiful and useful things. Thank you. May the year ahead be filled with good things for you.
    Peter.

  83. Happy birthday Paul, thank you for all the lessons. I keep hearing your voice in the back of my head everytime I do some woodworking

  84. Happy belated Birthday, Paul! I really enjoy learning everything you have to offer from your own experiences in life. Thank you very much. Looking forward to learning even more from you.

  85. Happy birthday, Paul!
    “Well, it’s my birthday too, yeah”, January 4th.

    Thanks for the blog on the mesquite kitchen wares. We have ample supplies here, around Austin, TX.

  86. Michael Massimini

    Paul,
    Haven’t been in my email much lately, so my sincerest apology for a belated happy birthday from the USA! I hope you had a great day with friends and family, and wishing you better years to come!

    Mike from California

  87. Stephen Tyrrell

    Happy birthday Paul and best wishes for 2022.

    The Sellers home coffee table was my holiday project and it is almost finished, apart from the drawer. Loved it!

    Cheers from hot wet Brisbane
    Stephen Tyrrell

  88. Happy birthday Paul. You have given us many gifts of wisdom. Thank you for passing on the knowledge that you have learned over the years. I am trying to share with my grandson. I treasure your book I received for Christmas.

  89. Happy Birthday from Santa Cruz, CA!

    Thank you for making such great materials available. It has added immensely to my joy and success at learning woodworking through this last year.

  90. Happy birthday 🎉 🎂 Paul.
    Thanks so much for all you do. I’m an expat living in the States, so I do understand the love of the US you often mention.

  91. Happy Birthday Paul!! You are now 6 months my elder in life! Wishing you all the best and Congrats on life doing what you love!! I have enjoyed and benefited from your sharing of expert knowledge and life reflections. These have been wonderful gifts!

  92. Congratulations on being 72 years young, keep up the good work. ” It’s all in the mind you know”. A great big thank you for all that you and your crew do for the world.
    Mick Adley in Adelaide.

  93. Happy birthday dear Paul! I am spending more time with you than with my loved ones in the past months. You sure are a great inspiration and source of knowledge for me.
    I wish you good health and many more years of happy doing!
    Avi Strauch, Israel.

  94. Happy Birthday Paul.
    You have been such an inspiration to me which I am hopefully passing onto my home schooled lads at Skillway.
    You are right about missing the workshop. I celebrated my 70th in a carpentry workshop on Katanga slum Kampala with lads devouring peanuts and pop. Wonderful. They made your 3 legged stool there!!!!

  95. Happy Birthday Paul!

    You have brought me so much joy over the years learning from you.

    I have been working my way through your Working Wood book with my children making the projects and learning how to properly use simple tools with skill. My son is so proud of the three legged stool he made with his own hands. No squealing machines just sharp tools care and practice!

    Wishing you health, happiness and success in all you do.

    Best wishes, Dom

  96. Wishing you a very happy birthday. Celebrate your day, and thank you for all the joy you bring to others.
    Daniel

  97. Happy Birthday Sir! May you be blessed with many many more fulfilling and happy years to come. May you be given more then you give. God bless.

  98. Gordon Fretwell

    Paul!
    From shooting bad guys to shooting bad miters- who would guess? Happy birthday, and many more.

    Gordon Fretwell

  99. Dina Lauricella

    Happy Birthday Paul!!! You have blessed many including myself with your knowledge. I love how you teach and your passion shows through each video. I also love your blogs as you write beautifully and with a grateful spiritual introspection. Cheers to you and best of health.

  100. Belated Happy Birthday!
    I don’t really have to tell you how much influence you have had over so many years in the woodworking world seeing how far down I had to scroll to find the “leave a comment” – but I’m telling you anyway:-)
    I have been reading and following your instructions for many years now.
    What’s new though is that I have taken up a drawing class after reading a post of yours on sketching. This has been a frustrating aspect of my woodworking adventure, that I am not fit to draw the perspectives I need in order to know where to cut off what. So there is another or rather complementary craft you are inspiring me with. Thank you for this. Many more years and best Health and Joy to you.
    Chantal
    Nova Scotia, Canada

  101. Johnny Casasnovas

    Happy birthday Paul! May God bless you with many more years of rewarding activities. Thank you for the generous gift of your experience. You have helped me and countless others to find our way towards working with our hands and some simple tools to make useful and beautiful woodwork. May you be rewarded with a rich and vast legacy.
    Johnny

  102. Happy Birthday Paul. I am one year behind you. You have been an inspiration to me. I have worked with wood all my life. My Dad had a construction business which I continued. I have always used machines to do my cabinet work or other woodworking. but it has always been my desire to learn how to use woodworking hand tools that my great grandfather used, but modern hand tools that are worth using always seem to be so expensive. My son suggested that I buy old hand tools and fix them up to use. So I did it. In the process of doing this I ran into your videos on YouTube, and now I have been learning to use them by joining your masterclasses. Thank you for your easy style of showing us how to sharpen and use these tools and put them to work in various projects. I have learned so much. Thank you for your passion to teaching others to create in this way.

  103. Happy Belated Birthday Paul. Thanks for all you do to help, advise and coach those of us who love to work wood. I’m merely a late to the party hobbyist, but is such a peaceful way to spend a day. So thanks for the encouragement that’s making that a reality for me.

  104. Happy birthday Paul. Just turned 70 in December and am so very glad I found you videos. My workshop is getting quieter all the time and I’m doing just as much work. I’ve rediscovered the joy of working with my hands. Thank you for all your dedication to the craft

  105. Inquiring minds want to know: Scotland Yard or Texas Rangers?

    A little Texas trivia. My wife and I were staying on the Frio river 20 some years ago and stopped at the convenience store in Concan. I assume you have been there numerous times. She looked around and asked the cashier “Where’s a grocery store around here?”.

  106. Happy birthday Paul! Sorry my greetings are so late. I have been following you for two years – during the lockdown you were a saviour. As a 67 year old youngster with a replacement hip you have given me a new lease of life. Thank you!

  107. Happy Birthday Paul! I considered myself as a woodworker until I started learning what real woodworking meant from watching you. Thank you for sharing you’re knowledge with the woodworking world.

  108. Happy (belated) Birthday Paul, all the best and thank you so much for your tutorials and for inspiring me to pick up hand tools.

  109. Cle Hollingsworth

    Happy Birthday!! You have inspired me with your knowledge and respect of hand tools and how to use them! I’ve done many of your projects and have learning many skills just from viewing your videos and blogs! Enjoy and I wish you many more!!!
    From Peoria, Illinois USA

  110. Gerard Robertson

    And a belated Happy Birthday from New Zealand. We’re in summer, Omicron-free for the moment, so we’re out and about instead of being huddled over the stove in the shed.

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