Sharing and together

Five workbenches for five different people making, myself, John, Hannah, Katrina and Jack. The only machine needed is the very least invasive; a 16″ bandsaw for resizing wood. The rest is always handwork.

Sharing and together

interchange in an exchange

without loss

of shared space

as each absorbs the other

in an irreplaceable


at every turn

and change of 


where affection

remains safe in a

joint endeavour

to share

and care.

Sharing space, ability and knowledge nurtures growth in a spirit of togetherness and without competition serves all the more to unite people as makers.

I look to the ones I share with

and togetherness

means to gather

in a place

in a space

where an advantage of one

is transferred to another

yet no loss takes place

but agreat gain

affords the advantage

to the other.

So it is when an apprentice

space is occupied

and a man shares

his skill in the knowledge

that another sharer

grows into a maker

and carries togetherness

in a shared experience

making what must

and should be made


4 thoughts on “Sharing and together”

  1. Hi Paul, I’ve recently been meditating on how to develop the artisans approach to undertaking a woodworking task, I’ve finally brought myself to ask you this question (as I’m quite embarrassed to ask it as it may seem like a stupid question) but what is your approach to building something is it more of a figure it out and let the work unfold infront of you approach or is it more a meticulously planned operation where each movement has a set process on how you go about the task similar to how a chef would use a recipe or would you argue a world class chef doesn’t need a recipe to make a masterpiece and instead uses his intuition and experience not necessarily planning each step but let’s the work unfold in which I ask you which one would you say you consider yourself and do you rely on written instructions for say a process you may of forgotten as you may not of done for a while? Many thanks sorry if I’m not being very clear here

    1. Jean Claude Peeters

      Hi Marcus
      I think you might find an answer in Paul’s blog ‘Styling you life’.
      Planning ahead seems like a good idea, at least for me.
      I am a instrument maker. Could I build ” using my intuition and experience of 30 years not necessarily planning each step “?
      Yes, I could, but I never do. The ‘intuition’ comes from the experience and careful planning.
      You can change the recipe while planning. Less stress, less surprises, and you actually save time (and money). Once the plan is made, all you have to do is actually make it. That’s the easy part.

  2. Steven Bergom


    Inspired by a line from your poem I suggest your next book should be named “A Joint Endeavor”. The double entendre inherent left a smile on my face that lasted for hours.

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