Quiet & Rest for a While

Paul’s workshop will be temporarily falling silent.

On Thursday 21st of March Paul was assaulted. He was pushed from his bike as he cycled home at the end of the day.

Police are aware and investigating.

Paul has three broken ribs.

He is in good spirits and receiving all the medical help he needs.

He will follow all medical advice and will rest as much and as long as required.

We have a several month pipeline of content so videos and such will likely continue uninterrupted.

Please join us in the comments below to wish Paul well and a speedy recovery.

– Team Paul


  1. Dear Paul, I was shocked to read of your assault and want to wish you a speedy and full recovery. Though we’ve never met, I regard you as a friend and have concern for you. Please be well . Steve

      1. I echo Steve’s sentiment. Paul I hope you are back on your feet soon and I hope they catch them and are dealt with appropriately. All the very best.

      2. Sad to hear of such evil and crude behavior. Hope you make a full and fast recovery. Will be praying for you.

    1. I wish you a speedy recovery take it easy put your feet up it won’t be easy for you as your so active

          1. Indeed!! The Word brings comfort and peace for so many. And for so many it is rift in their soul.
            May we pray for both Paul, his Family and his recovery!

          2. Yeah but the comment is telling Paul to ‘turn to the word’ – I suspect Paul is well able to decide for himself without being told.

            It would be different if it read, ‘I had a similar experience and found comfort in what I read in the bible…’

          1. I do hope the person who did that is brought to justice. Rib injuries taken a long time to heal; I do hope Paul gets pampered while he recuperates. He has improved my woodworking — any my patience with mistakes — immensely.

          1. Paul, thanks for all you’ve taught so well. it is your videos and calm demeanor that have bolstered my courage to build items using hand tools and to help develop and sharpen my skills as a wood worker. I’m praying for your speedy recovery. One thing my husband and I have used to aide recovery (he fell onto concrete and hurt his shoulder last week) is a poltice of comfrey, also known as bone knit. You might want to check it out on line. I wish you well.

        1. If that is proselytizing it’s a very mild and low-key way. He doesn’t even explain what “the Word” is …

        2. So very sorry to hear you were assaulted. It’s such an injustice that someone can be there to assault you when so many of us all over the world would love to be with you, shake your hand, give you a hug, and tell you how much we appreciate you and have loved you for so many years. Get well and know we are out here, very concerned for you.

          1. Couldn’t agree more. Paul is so much more than a supremely skilled woodworker. He is, for me, a zen teacher of how to conduct and live a peaceful life.

          2. Joe said it for me, too. This is shocking Paul and I would love to give you hug. But just a little one, gotta protect those ribs for now. The world’s a better place because you’re a part of it. Hope you’re up living life to the fullest again soon!

          1. You can wish someone a full and speedy recovery without recommending your theism to them. Unless you know that the recipient shares your beliefs, it is surely proselytizing and inappropriate to do direct someone to the “word”. Most people know that is what Christians refer to as the word of god. It is not reverse proselytizing to point out the arrogance of casually recommending your religion to others. Be kind and keep your religion to yourself.

          1. There are no words to explain how or why this happened and I am just happy you did not sustain any life threatening or debilitating injuries! Take care old man; prayers and good wishes from Hawaii!

        3. What the heck are you saying Adrian? For consideration’s sake, Paul was attacked while on his bike, I see no proselytizing at all. Let’s have some empathy please.

          1. A belated message of concern for a special person. Get well soon Paul and please continue your good work.

        4. Sending prayers your way Paul you are such a good person
          always upbeat and happy sharing your passion with us all
          I know you will heal and be back up on your feet soon!

        5. Paul,speedy recovery. Here in South Africa you dare not cycle where motorists are nearby – you will deliberately be in a hit and run to your demise

      1. Totally inappropriate comment. Outrageous that you use someone’s misfortune as an opportunity to promote your religious beliefs.

    2. Paul. I’m so sorry to hear of your assault and injuries. I’m so glad you are on the mend. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hoping for you a speedy recovery.

      1. As I woodworker and cyclist also and about your age I sympathize greatly with your situation. “Share the Road” is a nice motto but seldom adhered to. And I know how hard it will be for you to stay still for a while but woodworking with hand tools will test your pain tolerance for a while so be patient with yourself. We will miss you but please don’t give up either woodworking or cycling and don’t hurry back just for us. Your shop seems to be in good hands. Bless you. Carmen

      2. What should come to mind; that I haven’t read in the comments …, why would someone push Paul off his bike?

        1. Who knows, displaced anger perhaps?? Unfortunately violence towards cyclists is fairly common.

    3. How awful!
      I hope the police are able to identify the culprits, although I guess that won’t be easy.
      In the mean time, it’s good to hear you’re is still in good spirits Paul.
      My very best wishes to you for a speedy recovery.

    4. Hopefully they catch the dirt bag that pushed you.
      Feel better ❤️‍🩹 and take your time healing it’s going to take some time before your back to your good old self and woodworking again.
      God bless 🙏

    5. Paul, So sorry to hear of your unfortunate encoounter with an unhappy nasty character who deserves everything they can throw at him. We are keeping you in our prayers daily and withing you many blessing and a speedy recovery!

    6. Paul, Your spirit of gratitude and appreciation has inspired me. It does not flag at a hard time. Strengthen the things that remain, friend.

    7. Sorry to hear about that. Shocking news. Wish you a speedy recovery and back in the workshop soon.
      Gary. Australia.

  2. I wish a pain free recovery to you Paul. Luckily you’re in good general health so hopefully you’ll heal quickly.

    I pity the individual(s) who do such a thing.

    1. So sorry to hear this, Paul, what a dreadful thing to have happened. Wishing you all the best for your recovery.

      1. No laying down on the job young man! 😁👍
        all joking aside we wish you a speedy recovery and pray those ribs heal up asap, It is a long process. I’ve had a few myself anyway and at 60 I can still feel it when it’s cold, Keep your head up God bless. I will look for you on the Net!
        Respects from East Tennessee USA

        1. Dear Paul,
          So sorry to hear of your assault but happy to hear that you are in the mend. So take it easy and give your ribs chance to heal. Now is not the time to be sharpening chisels!

  3. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Feeling like I know Paul after following YT and joining Masterclasses, it may be tough for him to sit home for that long a recovery.

    1. Dear Paul (and family and crew),
      Sorry this happened. Like so many others here, I’m sure if we lived nearby, your house would be overflowing with (vegetarian) casseroles and other cooking to show our best wishes and support. (You’d probably have no room for woodwork!)
      Get well soon my friend.

    2. I know what it’s like to be assaulted, and I’m so sorry to learn that it has happened to you. I wish you a speedy recovery. I live in Long Beach, California, and have learned so much from you. Take care.

  4. Paul,

    I hope you heal rapidly. After 32 years in law enforcement, I never gained an understanding of why some people do evil things. I sort out happened to you.

    1. Paul
      Wishing you a speedy recovery. Thank you for all of the positive impact you’ve had on my woodworking (and attitude towards it). You will mend and I look forward to you returning as soon as possible.

  5. Thinking of you all.
    Wishing you well.
    Remember that whoever did this is the kind of person who is of type in a tiny minority.
    Don’t let the buggers get you down.
    With love to you all

    1. Paul, I wish you a speedy and peaceful recovery. Your videos, your teaching and the skills I have gained through your generous sharing of knowledge have helped me through some of the most difficult moments in my life. You have given so many of us so much and people all over the world will be keeping you in our thoughts. Be well, and rest for as long as you need.

    2. Hi Paul
      Get well soon my friend from myself and absolutely stunned partner Irene. Although it will drive you crazy not being able to work, take your time and let others share the load. We love you and your vids and our thoughts are always with you.

  6. What a horrible thing to happen and such a senseless act. I think I can say we a all hope you recover well. Broken ribs take a long and painful recovery which I can attest to. However if anyone can over come it well I would expect you to do better than most. We hope to still hear from you during you hiatus from bench work. and look forward to it.

  7. Paul, best wishes and please get well. You are so appreciated by so many of us around the globe for your willingness to share your talents as well as your love of woodworking, humanity, and nature.

  8. Paul, I am sorry to hear this happened to you. We may have never met but I think you are one of the best men I know. Selfless and always concerned about others. Praying for a speedy recovery!

  9. Sending you the very Best Wishes for a full and speedy recovery Paul.
    Kindest regards
    Christopher D

  10. Hi Paul, I’m absolutely shocked and sickened by what I’ve just read on your blog. The main thing is your safe and recovering . Who would do such a sick thing like this. You know you’ve got the support from all the people you’ve helped and encourage through your years of teaching woodworking to so many people. So here’s wishing you a speedy recovery and looking forward to your return to being the best teacher of woodworking I know, and that you are appreciated by so many people around the world.

    Yours sincerely

  11. Dear Paul,
    I’m so sorry to hear someone did such a thing, that’s horrible. I am glad it’s not worse, and hope you heal up soon, with minimal pain. My family will be adding you to our prayers, as you work at getting better. And we’ll all be out here waiting when you’re ready to return! 🙂

  12. Dear Paul,
    Please know that you are in my thoughts, take your time to recovery fully. Wishing you all the best.
    Jim B

  13. Hang in there Paul, wishing you a speedy recovery. I am new to woodworking and have spent the last several months watching your videos nightly as I am setting up my shed and learning to use and maintain planes, chisels and saws. You are such an inspiration for me to finally take the dive into this incredible craft. Thank you for your passion it is truly infectious!!


  14. Paul,
    You’re a friend to all of your followers always giving to the woodworking community. As others have said, stunned to learn about this happening to you. I wish a speedy recovery and swift justice to the attackers.

  15. I was so saddened to hear of your misfortune Paul. We are praying for a complete recovery for you.


  16. Paul,

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery. I’m certain it will take more than that to fell an English Oak.

  17. Mr Sellers, I wish you a fast recovery. I am so sorry that someone could have so much anger to commit such a free assault on a kind person in his seventies. Take care of yourself, please take your time to recover, we will wait for you.

  18. Wishing you a speedy recovery Mr. Sellers.
    Broken ribs are not pleasant, I know from personal experience.
    I hope you bounce back in good time and are back behind the bench where you really want to be.

    Karma has a way pf catching up with people, hopefully the scumbag that did this to you will find out soon.

  19. Dear Paul,
    I’m so sorry to learn about your assault. You didn’t deserve this. May God bless you with a full and speedy recovery, and may your creative spirit find expression in an abundance of ideas as your body takes its rest.

    1. Hope you get better as quickly as your body allows you too. as we get older our bone density gets worse and takes l9nger to repair. Especially broken ribs. Hopefully they weren’t displaced otherwise you would be in hospital still. Good lot of strapping to support those ribs should help a lot. keep a pillow handy to grab onto around your ribs in case you need to cough pull it in on the side that’s affected helps to diminish the discomfort. Remember to breathe normally most people don’t due to discomfort.

      Wishing you all the best, take it easy, don’t try and rush back, everyone will totally understand that knows.

      Appreciate the posts about what happened. Was much taken from you? Besides your pride.

      1. And when no pillow near and a cough is coming, “hug” yourself firmly and then cough. This was the advice I got after my open heart surgery.

        I truly hope you get well soon, Paul

        Bettership from The Netherlands

  20. Hi Paul , this is aweful to hear. I wish you and your loved ones all the best while you recover from this.

  21. So sorry to hear this, I wish you a speedy recovery Paul, both physically and mentally.

    Having the good fortune to live in the same town as Paul, it was only two Thursdays ago that I saw him out on his bike on his way into town as I walked my dogs down the river. Just seeing him made me smile, especially as I had taken that day off work to get into my workshop and take a break from my computer screen. Seeing Paul that morning seemed like a sign that it was going to be a good day in the workshop.

    I hope it helps to know that there are infinitely many more of us out there, even locally, than the person who did this to you. I hope to see you back out on your bike soon, and if there’s anything I can do please let me know.

    1. Hello Mark, Yes, I was shocked that this person saw fit to do this but to pick up on what you said about their being good people out there: the nice people that saw what happened from their cars came to surround and support me when I was unable to breath or even move at all. They too were shaken by the event but with their help I didn’t feel left or alone. The JR hospital were remarkable too. Within 20 minutes I had been seen by two doctors and the nurses got me through the CT scan straight after. I couldn’t ask for more. Each spasm of pain I get I feel is my gain in the process of healing. Definitely missing my bike rides three times a day.

      1. Take it easy for a change. I’m a retired Hospital Trained General Nurse. ribs are the hardest to heal as they can dislodge the healing just with a cough. I hopeits ditto painfull. I feel for you and your family having to go through this. Great that others came to your assistance. Did anyone happen to get a photo of who attacked you? Going to be 6 weeks atleast before you start feeling up to going riding again. Did you loose anything or just attacked you? All the best, I’m 70 and these sorts of things start to worry me too.

      2. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Paul. I had a serious bike incident a few years ago (helicopter, etc.). Not sure exactly happened, yet, but it hadn’t occurred to me that I might have been forced off deliberately! Jeez what is this country coming to! To force our favourite national treasure from his bike!! Disgraceful.

        Glad to hear JR Hospital looked after you (will be visiting there soon myself, to accompany a friend to an appointment). Hopefully you’ll be out before then 😉

      3. So sorry to hear of this – after having a couple of broken ribs myself, take it easy and don’t rush the recovery. I will now go and sharpen a few plane irons in your honor!

      4. Paul, I live in a very small town in central Utah in the United States. For many years now I have followed and emulated your work as best I can. You and I were born in the same year, however, my life course has been a different path than yours in that I did not start doing serious woodworking until I retired at 66 years old. I continue to be a self-employed businessman in my retired years at a much reduced level. What I have increased doing is woodworking. That is thanks to you, I have developed a deep and abiding love for the use of hand tools and woodworking. I enrolled in your on-line courses and have continued to do so for years now. In doing so, I have become enamored by the challenge that it provides and the proof to me that an old dog can learn new tricks. I am currently teaching five of my twenty grandchildren. how to do woodworking using the techniques that you have taught me.

        When I just now learned that you had been assaulted, I was appalled. While, I wish no harm on anyone, I do hope that the perpetrators will be apprehended and prevented from being able to do that to anyone else.

        I pray for your rapid recovery and I pray that you will be able to and desire to return to your regular schedule of making and teaching and inspiring us all. Please, please get well soon.

      5. Paul – I hope you have a speedy recovery with no lingering after-effects.

        It’s hard to believe there are people like that in the world.

  22. Terribly sorry to hear this news. It’s easy to forget, immersed in the world of Paul making things and teaching me how to, that the world outside goes on regardless. Much of it is just awful. Sincerest wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.

  23. Very sorry to hear this Paul, and even sorrier that you ended up as you did. I have been building a workbench following your design, and it is going a treat. Thanks Mate. Sit back, rest and know your videos are very worthwhile. Tony from Australia 🙋‍♂️

  24. Wishing you a speedy recovery! Glad to hear there were good people near by to comfort you.

    Looking forwards to your passionate return!

    Very best wishes

  25. Paolo, la cosa più importante è una pronta guarigione e il tuo carattere ti sarà molto di aiuto, in bocca al lupo e un caro saluto dal tuo omonimo “Romano”.
    A presto

  26. No doubt you’re taking this in stride, with your usual positive attitude. As I type this note I’m praying for your rapid recuperation and complete recovery. Bad things happening to good people is always dismaying, but I firmly believe that good can come from evil. You may experience a blessing in this unexpected break from your bike riding, family, and community routines. I sure hope so.

  27. Paul, sorry to hear about your assault, but very happy that you are recovering. If there is a silver lining in this callous event, it is the realization that your family and follow woodworkers love and care deeply for you. Praying for you.

  28. Dear Paul,
    All the best for a speedy recovery 👍. I cannot understand why someone would want to do that!


  29. Sorry to hear that Paul. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. The JRH put me back together after a nasty car crash, so I know you’re in good hands. Don’t waste time thinking about your assailant, they seldom have anything going on upstairs that’s worth the effort. Chin up!

  30. I wish Paul a speedy recovery and get back to the bench hale and hearty. He is a great help to me in my woodworking journey and I have learned many things from him these last few years. I look forward to his return to the bench.

  31. Paul, I am so saddened and distressed to hear about what happened to you. I am also angry that our societies, on both sides of the “pond” seem to be unraveling with perpetrators being presented as victims and victims being presented as the ones causing the crime.

    Take your time and heal. You have given me more that sufficient inspiration and projects to keep me busy while you do!

    Best Regards from Southern New Hampshire, USA!

  32. Can’t tell you how sad I am about this news. Such a senseless thing. I hope you recover quickly and get the rest and care you need. Your message, guidance, your fantastic team and especially the person you are provide such inspiration to us. I’m certainly going into the shop today to put to good use the myriad things you have taught me (and my three boys) – but especially to pare away the fuzzy bits of this sad news. All the best to you and yours Paul.

  33. So sorry to hear this . What a terrible thing .
    Wishing you a very speedy recovery . Hope you are not in too much discomfort.
    Ron McGee

  34. Paul,

    So sorry to hear about this. Best wishes for a speedy recovery and a proper consequence for the bad guy.

  35. Paul
    This is so unexpected, random and violent, I’m so sorry you had this happen to you.
    The world has always been a violent place but lately it seems to be getting worse.
    I hope you were able to give a description to the police and they apprehend this criminal.
    It makes you wonder what drives these people and makes them angry enough to lash out at strangers. Get well soon!

  36. Paul at first I was fuming. Then I prayed for you; then for the fool who thought it sporting to knock an old gent off his bike.
    May your recovery be short and your health return. Be blessed during your recovery.

  37. Paul, As a fellow Craftsman I have always had the utmost respect for your talents and extraordinary generosity towards yor audience.You have established yourself as one of the most exceptional educators of our time, with a commitment second to none.
    I truly hope that you will experience a complete recovery in the shortest time possible so that you can return to what you truly love.
    Best Wishes from Mike & The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers USA

  38. A veces, la vida es ingrata.
    Pronta recuperación maestro!
    Desde Punta Ballena, Uruguay, le envío mis saludos.

  39. There is a sadness in my heart to hear this news. You have provided me and all your many followers the joy in woodworking by hand as we all have followed your many videos. I can’t think of a more respected and talented individual and I wish you all the best in recovery.
    Regards from Nova Scotia, Canada.🇨🇦

  40. Oh my goodness, what an awful piece of news. However, it’s so good to know that despite this unfortunate assault Paul, as ever remains resilient and that he is taking time to recover.
    Sincerest best wishes from South Wales.

  41. I’m so sorry to hear this.
    I wish you a speedy revovery.
    I’m sure that with your mindset it won’t be long before you are back at the bench

  42. Peace, healing and all good to you and yours Paul! Sending prayers and the great positive energy from your adopted Texas. Be we well!

  43. Best wishes and concerns to Paul and his family.

    I know it’s a bit of a weird one sided para-relationship as a teacher, presentor , and now internet personality.

    My wife knows you as woodworking dad as I ramble on about various projects and things I need to do or tools I need to justify buying. You have brought me many hours of knowledge, patience and being there going over it again and again as I work thru it and get it right.

    Thank you

  44. Get well soon Paul, really terrible to hear this news. For one who gives sucha great deal to humanity to be let down so badly by it.

  45. So sad to hear what happened to you Mr. Sellers. You are an inspiration to so many people, so many of us. I know you’ll recover and come back sooner than expected. You are not just working wood, you work life, and I believe what you possess, the capacity to inspire people, have also a healing power.

  46. Paul-
    What a dreadful experience! Shame on the one who assaulted you.
    Prayers going up for you to have a speedy recovery!
    You are without a doubt an icon of woodworking! Your YouTube videos are compelling and addictive…looking forward to you returning to your shop to school us further on the art of fine craftsmanship using hand tools!
    God bless!
    Bill Wold

  47. I’m very sorry to hear about this Paul. Wishing you all the best with a speedy recovery, from Netherlands.

  48. To read this news was a terrible shock to me and my wife. We were horrified to learn of this awful tragedy. We have you in our daily thoughts and prayers. Get well, back to woodwork and back on that bike soon.
    We love you Paul.
    Ted & Michele in Florida

  49. I am so sorry, wishing you speed recovery.
    Hopefully you will crack those ribs soon but from laughing (figure of speech of course)

    Stoneham, Qc.

  50. Dear Paul,
    I am shocked to hear what happened to you. I wish you a quick recovery!
    Warm regards from a hobby woodworker from Germany, who admires your work, your teaching and your attidude

  51. Paul, my family will be praying for you. Unfortunately the world we live in now is full of evil, you and your woodworking have been a bright spot in a dark world, especially for me. You have taught me for seven years and made me a decent student of the craft. Darkness will never overcome the light. Don’t let this dampen your light! Thank you for all of your teaching.

  52. I am so saddened to hear of your misfortune. I’m sure that you are getting all the medical advise and assistance that you need. My suspicion is that rest, time, and breathing exercises will be some main ingredients in your recovery. Easy to say, but hard to do. As a 70 year old hand woodworking neophyte, I look forward to learning from one of the best and incredibly motivating shop teachers I know of. One who shows me the how and why, but also (and most importantly) the satisfaction gained from these efforts. Lots of dovetails are patiently waiting on your recovery and I wish you the patience that will be needed to let your body heal and let those dovetails wait a bit.

  53. Get well soon Paul.!

    I like the many thousands that you inspire, wish you a speedy recovery.
    Bless you.

  54. I’ve spent the last 40 years prosecuting people who do senseless things like this to people. It is always infuriating to me when children and the elderly are harmed. I am deeply saddened this happened to you Paul. I wish you a very speedy recovery. I feel your pain. I’ve broken ribs twice in my life. Not fun. Know that you are respected, appreciated, and loved. Thrilled that you received speedy and excellent medical care. You’re a tough Brit, by God. No doubt you’ll. Be hand cutting dovetails very soon.

  55. Here’s wishing you and your family the very best Paul. Our thoughts and prayers are with you for a full and speedy recovery.

  56. Hello Paul,

    I only very recently found and started watching your videos while researching workbenches for my new basement office/lab. Then through your videos found your various websites with tons of amazing information. The original plan was to use the workbench to get deeper into electronics tinkering, but I’m now inspired to get into woodworking.

    I’m of course shocked to learn about your incident, and wish you a very speedy and comfortable recovery.

    Charlie from Virginia, USA

  57. Dear Paul, Totally shocked by the cruel actions of some people. I guess that shows us all that bullying has no age limit. Sending prayers from the USA. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Please keep us posted on your recovery progress.
    Jim Light

  58. As a small addition to my earlier comment, please add my thanks to your team Paul, the heartfelt comments reinforce the message that this really is a team.

    1. I’ll add my voice to say thanks to Team Paul as well. I agree, ‘it takes a team’, and Paul has a superb one (as only makes sense given, after all, this is Paul we’re speaking of, right?).

  59. Could I please unsubscribe to the further comments on this post as I’m finding my inbox overwhelmed by the number of generous and heartfelt responses?
    Kindest regards

  60. Hi Paul and y’all

    Sounds like Paul has taken a really bad knock, he must be in a lot of pain☹️
    No idea why someone would assault an old gentleman like this. Perhaps Paul has bumped into someone who is mentally ill, or crazy on drugs or is the attacker just another one of those stupid, selfish, cowardly types that you encounter on the roads and elsewhere these days.
    Anyway, Paul is from the North and tough as old boots, so I have no doubt that we’ll be seeing him back on his bike and back at his workshop as soon as he is well enough.

    Wishing Paul a very speedy recovery, 🙏+.


  61. As we pray for “Sir” Sellers and wish him a speedy recovery, please don’t forget to pray for his attacker as well. Three broken ribs are nothing to laugh at. Here in North Carolina, we say, “shake it off” or “rub some dirt on it.” Somehow that doesn’t seem to help in this case. Sir Sellers, take care of yourself. Do what you need to do to get well as soon as possible. You’ve got tons of people who love you and need you and want you back on your feet. Is there an address we can send get well cards?

  62. Paul,
    I send my thoughts, prayers and hope you have a speedy recovery. As a fellow cyclist it always amazes me how some people view cyclist with contempt and rage. Rest up, we all look forward to seeing new woodworking content

  63. So sorry to hear this Paul. All my best to you for a speedy recovery. When I started hand tool woodworking and tool restoration I, like many others, soon found your videos and you have been my number one source of sage knowledge and inspiration. You are a true leader in your craft. Thank you for everything. God bless you, Paul.

  64. Hope you have a fast recovery. Look forward to seeing you back in your workshop turning lumps of lumber into beautiful masterpieces.

  65. Very sorry to hear this Paul. I’m an 81 year old woodworker and you have been inspirational to me. Hope you recover quickly to continue to inspire and teach others. Dennis

  66. Hope you have a fast recovery. Look forward to seeing you back in your workshop turning lumps of lumber into beautiful masterpieces.

  67. Caro Paul spero vivamente di poterti rivedere nel tuo laboratorio, per chi come me ti segue, per chi come me è un ciuchino in falegnameria e vede in te le spiegazioni semplici (anche se difficili) sul fare e apprendere, ti auguro una veloce guarigione

  68. I’ve enjoyed and learned from your work and content for many years and I am thoroughly disgusted with what has happened to you! I wish you the very best of success with your recovery.

  69. Lieber Paul,
    Es tut mir so leid, dass zu hören.
    Ich wünsche Ihnen alles Gute und schnelle Genesung, und hoffe sehr, dass Sie dadurch nicht den Mut verlieren und die Tat psychisch gut verkraften.
    Wenn ich so etwas höre, stellt sich bei mir immer ein Gefühl von Unverständnis und Wut ein.
    Alles alles Gute und Kraft

  70. Dear Paul,

    My sincere sympathies for your current predicament.
    I’ve personally been on the receiving end of this sort of behaviour several times myself.

    Broken ribs are no joke.
    All the best for a speedy recovery with no complications to our friend and mentor, we’d be lost without you.

  71. Such sad news! May you have a quick and full recovery from your injuries and from any mental or spiritual trauma springing from the assault. May a peace that even thugs cannot take away envelope you and yours.

  72. Paul,
    I was shocked to hear of your assault. I wish you a speedy recovery and sending you good vibes.

  73. Condolences Paul ,
    As angry as this makes everybody ,Sit back and put it behind you.Wishing you well.

  74. Dear Paul:
    Shocked to hear the awful news. I wish you a full and speedy recovery.
    Make sure you do your breathing exercises. Also make sure you are up and about, as much as possible, lest you may loose muscle strength in your lower extremities and be more prone to falls

  75. Get well soon, Paul!

    It’s sad what people are capable of sometimes. They could probably use some hand tool woodworking in their life as well to help them find peace and let go of their anger..

    Anyways, I hope you can find a silver lining and maybe spend some quality time with your thoughts and journals. You never know, maybe it will be the beginning of some new designs or a new book etc.

    Wishing you the best,

  76. Praying for your recovery Paul. Hopefully you can at least do some of your woodworking drawings while you’re on the mend. I love those.

    1. Orando y deseando que Paul se recupere pronto de este infortunio de salud saludos y los mejores deseos desde Costa Rica 🇨🇷 Pronta recuperación Paul.

  77. Dear Paul ,
    I am very sorry to hear this . Wishing you a rapid recovery- with 3 broken ribs I’m afraid you’ll be sore for several weeks

  78. Hello Paul,
    I was appalled to read, this morning, about your injuries. With a mind like yours, I suspect this time of rest will result in numerous ideas for projects to come. We will all look forward to those. Take care, friend. Wishing you a rapid recovery. – Michael

  79. Paul,
    I am so sorry this has happened to you! As a Christian follower of Jesus, we are asked to love our neighbor as ourselves. Please forgive the person who assaulted you. – they know not what they do. If you haven’t noticed, there is an overwhelming outpouring of love and concern for you from all over the world! You are in our prayers for a quick recovery. You are loved! May God be with you always.
    Allan Lebanon, Ohio

  80. A dastardly act to be sure. Thank you for what you do Paul and get well soon. You have helped transform the way I wood work. My shop is now quieter, less dusty and I love walking over wood shavings :-). Being able to cut dovetails was always intimidating, now my favorite thing to do. Please know we’re all wishing you well.

  81. Paul,
    Wishing you a speedy recovery. Love to read your posts and watch the videos. Hope this doesn’t hold you back from your passion and craft. Best wishes.

  82. Dear Mr Sellers,

    Your work and words touch me deeply. I am constantly inspired by your knowledge and facility with wood, you make such a difference in the world and in people’s lives… so much more than simple wood working. You call forth contemplation on far deeper topics than simple wood and tools.

    I wish and pray for your speedy recovery. I look forward to hearing what you have to offer once you have mended and considered what you want to teach about this/your current set back.

  83. Dear Paul, these attacks are becoming more and more frequent. Whoever is a victim must suffer the consequences in their flesh and unfortunately recovery can take time.
    I sympathize and wish you a speedy recovery.

  84. Paul, it is hard to believe anyone could be so cruel just for the sake of being cruel. I wish you a speedy recovery and my heart goes out to you and yours. You have done more good for this cabinet-maker and my family than can ever be expressed in words. Please take care of yourself and put recovery first. We can, and will be here when you feel better!

  85. Hi Paul, very sorry to read about your recent assault. I hope you recover fully as quick as possible but in the meantime, just take things easy to help the recovery along. Like many others, I always look forward to new content from you and somehow feel that you are a guiding friend. Even though I am myself an old-hand woodworker from a furniture making family, I still like having someone to remind me of what we learned back in the day. It’s like being able to reminisce about old times with someone. Take care and hope to see your return in the near future.

  86. Paul, I wish you a speedy recovery and want to thank you for all your inspirational work encouraging so many to take up handtool based woodwork and learn the meaning of craftsmanship. The world needs more people like you.

  87. I’m shocked to learn what happened to you. I wish you a speedy recovery and I am wholeheartedly with you. Take care of yourself and take your time to recover. I’m waiting to see you again for new episodes of your wonderful and thrilling videos.

  88. Paul
    So sad that this happened to you. Like everyone else I wish you a speedy recovery. You have given so much to others.
    Best wishes to you and your family, take care of each other.

  89. Paul, Very sorry to hear about the assault. I hope you have a complete and speedy recovery both physically and psychologically.

  90. Paul it’s a sad day when you can’t go to your shop. I know you’ll be scheming to make something you’ve never done.
    Please do what you can to promote rebuilding. You’re a maker. I’m sure you have a good plan. Don’t worry about us we’ll make something while we wait. 😉
    My best

  91. DearPaul,
    I am so shocked to read that you were attacked on your way home from work.
    I sincerely hope that the mindless thug gets arrested very soon.
    I wish you all the very best in your recovery.

  92. Paul – This may be difficult for you in some ways (I know it would be for me), but do what “they” say, and you’ll be fit as a fiddle in no time. Best wishes, thoughts and prayers to you for a speedy recovery.

  93. Hello Paul,
    You are an inspiration to us all in character as much as skills. Your generosity and steadfast commitment to passing on the old ways of appreciating and knowing wood and woodworking are my guiding light and peaceful companion as I navigate the later years of my life. Your woodworking family is with you on this journey of recovery. The love you have and gladly share is not only for woodworking, it is for people and that is the precious gem in all that you do. No money, book, or class can substitute a person such as yourself. Take very good care of yourself, and see you soon in our collective happy place.
    From Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

  94. How Horrific! You are an amazingly generous person.
    Praying for a speedy recovery.
    Gods blessings on you and your family.

  95. What a horrible experience for you, I’m so sorry this happened.

    You are like a para-social grandad to so many of us who have learned so much from you. The least we can do is remind you how many of us care about your well-being.

    Get well soon Paul, take care of yourself.

  96. Paul, I was sad to read of your assault. I saw your book in a Woodcraft store many years ago and have followed you ever sense. Thank you for your teaching and hope you have a complete recovery.

  97. I too was shocked to learn this. Thanks for teaching me a great hobby, been learning for a few years now and consider you a great friend though we never met. Take care , and take your time to heal with you families support,
    and I pray you heal well!

  98. So sorry and shocked to hear of the assault Paul. No one deserves that least of all someone like yourself who is such a giving and selfless person.
    I suspect you’ll deal with it in your philosophical way and wish you a full and quick recovery.

  99. xxx bleep, sorry to hear your on the receiving end of today’s bad society.
    heal well ,chin up, not everybody is low brow…rest well

  100. Oh hell, this is awful, one of life’s unexpected surprises!
    Being strong and fit from your active life will help your recovery.
    Really wish you all the best Paul.

  101. Very sorry to hear of this unfortunate incident! You just never know what is around the next corner. Hopefully all good things in your future! Thinking of you during your recovery. Get well!

  102. Paul,
    I am really sorry to hear about the incident. I pray that you recover quickly and fully.
    This must have been really scary, I hope that you do not lose the confidence to continue cycling.

  103. I was saddened to read about your recent misfortune. All the best for a speedy recovery, Paul. God is looking over you.

  104. Wishing you a rapid recovery and good health. I was shocked to read about your assault. You are an inspiration to us all and such a good man. You are in my thoughts.

  105. How utterly horrible for you, Paul. Here is hoping for a speedy and full recovery. It beggars belief the actions of a minority and the impact that behaviour has on those impacted by them. Please don’t let it grind you down: the majority are good and these goons will never win. All the best.

  106. Paul,
    It is so disheartening when such violence gets directed towards those who give so much to others, such as yourself. Your knowledge and the willingness to share for the betterment of this craft are so appreciated by myself and obviously many others. Speedy recovery!

    1. I hope the culprits are caught. Meanwhile Paul I wish you a speedy recovery from your injuries. The world needs good people like you.

      Kind regards


  107. This is terrible ! Rest and mend Paul. We need you. Sometimes you seem like the only sane spot on this planet. Get well soon.

  108. So sorry to hear of this, I hope you are soon back to normal. Knowing what I think your attitude is you will be back with us in your own time. Take care and stay safe.

  109. As a retired Vermont State Trooper I am disgusted to hear this news. Paul, I wish you a speedy recovery and I hope the perpetrator(s) are brought to Justice. J.R (Ronn) Winn.

  110. Paul, I was so shocked to read this. I wish you a speedy and full recovery both physically and mentally. I do hope the police find the culprit. I had always thought of Abingdon as a quiet place but I guess that these days no where is free from antisocial or criminal behaviour.

  111. I am terribly heartbroken to hear this! Paul is such a gem with a wealth of knowledge and experience and more so his ideologies and philosophy of spreading his knowledge selflessly. It is terrible to see so much hate. I just wish you all the best and a speedy recovery Paul. please take your time to heal and close to family. our prayers are with you and your family.
    Warm regards,

  112. Dear Paul, I was appalled as soon as I read that you have been assaulted and hurt. As some people in here, I also consider you my friend and family. As a caretaker please, give yourself enough time to heal and rest. Let your imagination flow, grab a pencil and make some of those beautiful drawings and share with us later. Wishing you a good recover and hope to know from you soon. Love to you and all your family
    Sandra Costa, from Portugal.

  113. Paul!!! You are such an inspiration to so many peoples! It break my heart that somebody did that to you! I wish you fast and strong recovery!!! We need you!!!

  114. Paul, so shocked to hear about your situation, I’ve watched many of your videos, and thoroughly enjoy each and every one. Here’s hoping and praying for a speedy recovery.

    All The Best.
    Jim C.

  115. Paul I’m so sorry to read about your fall. At least your head didn’t hit the ground. Shame, shame on the perpetrator. That anyone would do such a thing is beyond my comprehension. You may never know how many of us wanna be woodworkers you have trained.
    My prayers for your fast healing.
    And Best Wishes from Vermont.

  116. Paul.
    This is just so horrible to read…I am truly sorry for you.
    Without a doubt you have given me so much support and encouragement and of course to thousands.
    please take care.
    John 2v.

  117. Paul, here’s wishing you a swift recovery. Take your time returning. You might spend some of it dreaming up plans for a rapid-deploy, one-handed, bike-hater head whacker — in Oak.

  118. Paul – That’s horrible. As a keen cyclist myself, I know how frightening something like that can be. Hope you get well soon and get back to cycling.
    Sincere best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  119. Dear Paul,
    Sorry to hear about your misfortune. Hope you have a full and speedy recovery.
    Piet Scholtz

  120. Hi Paul, I am so sorry to hear what happened to you and wish you a speed recovery. I find myself feeling both sad and outraged at what happened to you. I really hope they caught the thugs who did this to you. Outrageous what happened. I hope you can make the best of it while you recover. Please keep us in the loop. Sincerely, Joe.

  121. It is discouraging to know that there are some people who would do such things. And then, all the good folks wishing you well brings us back to the realization that there are many more good people than bad. So here’s wishing you a speedy recovery. Thanks for all your encouragement over the years.

  122. So sorry to hear that Paul, I wish the fecker a lifetime of blunt chisels, rusty saw blades and irretrievable splinters.
    I wish you on the other hand a most speedy and recovery.
    All the best!

  123. I am so sorry to learn that you were assaulted. I wish you a speedy and complete recovery..


  124. 191 comments of good wishes! And quite right too.
    Here’s #192.
    All the best Paul for your recovery. I know broken ribs hurt – I broke three myself a few years ago falling off a motorcycle. They really don’t want to let you breathe, do they?
    Take care of yourself mate and have a good rest. I look forward to seeing you posting again when you feel up to it. I would expect your good level of fitness to stand you in good stead for recovery.
    PS; I’m in the middle of making a pine blanket chest, which I would never have attempted without your teaching and inspiration. All hand-tooled of course!
    Thanks and my very best wishes.
    Rod in Scotland.

  125. Dear Paul, Sorry to hear about your accident! I hope you have a speedy recovery. May you keep your peace through this. Ed Sorrell Vermont, USA

  126. Paul que tengas una pronta recuperación y puedas volver a mostrar tus genialidades en carpintería. En este loco mundo, siempre están aquellos que de una manera u otra, se encargan de hacernos padecer inmerecidamente. Fuerza y a reponerse!

  127. Horrible! Speedy recovery and hopefully thoughts about this will not linger. All the best for Paul.

  128. Speedy recovery Paul, hope they catch the people you attacked you. And when you are better don’t stop going on your bike, good for your mental health and wellbeing.

  129. Dear Paul
    Such terrible thing to happen. Don’t rush your recovery. You are such a worker but now is a time for rest and reflection.
    Very best wishes
    Ian Lambert

  130. Prayers ascend for you.
    Investigation continues for them.
    Pain will eventually subside.
    My now 50-ish daughter suffered a similar assault as a teenager, but no fractures.
    She tells me it helped her lot to pray for those who assaulted her.
    Says she read something about that . . . . somewhere.
    She gets it and so do I.

  131. Paul, as a new comer to your blog, I would like to join the others in wishing you a speedy and full recovery. Also, I thought you would enjoy knowing that as I phase into retirement from the legal profession, I plan on setting most of my power tools aside and enjoy wood working as you have done for many years. I’m sure that it will bring me great enjoyment and a much simpler life. Thank you for being will to share!

  132. Best wishes and fervent prayers for a speedy recovery! You are an inspiration and a blessing to us all.

  133. very saddened to hear of this attack on a gentleman such as yourself, who has given so much to the woodworking community so unselfishly. I wish you a speedy recovery and hope to see you behind your bench again soon

  134. My prayers are with you and with your attacker. There is a reason for everything. Perhaps your attacker will learn something. He obviously needs help. Or maybe you need time out of the shop and have something else you need to do.
    Your friend and admirer,
    Lou Lampe

  135. hello Paul, it saddens me to hear of your misfortune.
    Even the most peaceful of people can apparently fall victim to senseless violence. I have never met you even though we lived in the Dallas area at the same time. we are of the same generation, and I consider to be a kindred spirit. I wish you a speedy recovery and a quieting of the soul from harsh memories

    Art Fox

  136. Words fail at such a shocking and may I say angry making happening . I do very much hope that your return to full health is a speedy one and that the shock does not linger , but I am quite sure that all the warmth surrounding you will see too that . God be with you Paul .

  137. Dear Paul,
    It’s especially upsetting for me to hear about your misfortune as the same thing happened to me last year. I was cycling home from work and a sad, angry man attacked me and knocked me off my bike. I was lucky and managed to get away with just a few scrapes and bruises. My bike however, had a wrecked rear wheel.

    Similar to you, I found it simultaneously saddening to be assaulted and heartening that so many people immediately came to my aid. The drivers who saw what happened and the helpful police gave me a sense that there’s more kindness and good will out there than paranoia and cruel aggression.

    Since then I’ve repaired my bike and the police have tracked down the fellow. I’m back in the saddle and he’s going to have to speak to a judge. I hope he takes this as a cue to change course and find some more happiness in his life. Personally, I would recommend cycling and woodworking.

    Kind Regards,

  138. There are so very many folks that need you. Godspeed Paul! Take care and come back healthy.

  139. So so sorry to hear that something like this happened to you. We all hope for a smooth and rapid recovery for you

  140. Sorry to have read what happened to you. There are a lot more angry people in the world now than ever before. I wish you a speedy recovery and well wishes.

  141. Paul,
    I’m praying for Heavenly Father’s peace, comfort, relief from pain, and a complete healing for you. I’m also pray for your family and our community as we all share our concerns for your health and well-being.
    God Bless Paul,
    Glory to God

  142. I’m so sorry! Not only for your broken ribbs but maby most for your broken hart and trust for humanity. I hope you get god help with both and maby when you reed all the love people is sending to you, you soon will be back.
    Warm regards!//Catarina

  143. Dear Paul,

    We hope you can picture one thousand hands of goodwill on your shoulder, supporting you past one senseless act . . . because you’ve got ’em.

    While you’re recovering, if you fancy a day out by the sea, come on down the A34 to the Historic Dockyard at Portsmouth, where a group of volunteer woodworkers become boat-builders every week, restoring or reconstructing old wooden vessels. Banter optional. If of interest, send me a DM and I’ll show you around and buy you a cuppa.

    From one 49er to another, keep on keeping on!
    Best wishes, Steve

  144. Spero che tu possa guarire presto, e ritornare nel tuo laboratorio fra i tuoi legni per farci partecipi del tuo saper, Auguri di una pronta guarigione

  145. Dear Paul,
    Please know that all you have to do is click your fingers and you’d have an army of woodworkers by your side. Whatever you need, Paul, just get someone to tell us. Today I’m finishing a fancy glazed internal door for the house and moving on to a butcher’s block tomorrow that might make me a few quid – all from what I have learned from you.

  146. Good morning Paul,

    May i join the many others in vocalising how shocked i am to hear of your incident and that i wish you a full and speedy recovery so you can get back to doing what you love most! Im sure you’ll rest as much as you need to. A great time to be around friends and family. People like the one who did this have to live with themselves everyday, luckily you only had a short interaction with them but know the positive impact you have on your own life and sooooo many others. many best wishes for you. all the best, Alexander Ralph

  147. Wishing Paul a speedy recovery. Paul has given so much to the woodworking community with his sage advice and his thoughtful presentations. There are a lot of crazy people out there we just have to try and get past them and not let them spoil things for us.

  148. Hello Paul,

    I am horrified by the news that you have been assaulted. What kind of person does such a thing.
    I wish you a good recovery and courage in the recovery process. I have personally had bruised ribs twice and now that it’s very painful.
    Take your time to fully recover.
    You are in my thoughts and I will pray for you.

  149. Get well soon. I guess even in jolly old England there are scandals. I know from experience broken ribs can be painful, especially for a hand tool wood worker. wishing you the best.

  150. Paul, We are all heartbroken that someone would do this to you. May you have a swift and complete recovery. Thank you for the countless hours of joy you have brought to woodworkers all over the world.

  151. Shocking to hear. I wish you all the best in your recovery and hope your attackers are caught and dealt with.

  152. Dear Paul,

    Rest and recover, I was very sad to hear, you are an amazing teacher and person. I have only recently started my wood journey and would not have progressed without you. You have inspired me to feel like I can do it. Thank you so much. Lots of love and wishing a speedy recovery from Australia. Regards Kylie

  153. hi paul, i am so sorry to hear of this assault on you.i do hope you make a full and speedy recovery.please do not let this incident affect your confidence in any way.ive been there too and it is not a nice place to be.take your time in your recovery and i do hope you can take some condolence from all these very nice comments and messages of support for you.all the very best to you.derek.

  154. I’m sorry to hear of your unfortunate assault Paul! I wish you a speedy recovery and return to the bench!

  155. sometimes I speak to no one and the world seems to know I’m shut off and sullen and usually it gets reflected back at me. other days i reach out and find humour and make conversation and usually things will turn out ok and I’ll feel uplifted by others.
    we are glad you make this blog and so we all are writing back and hoping you will be back on the bike and enjoying observing nature and motivating yourself forward in every way

  156. Paul, for all of your readers and followers, like me, that rarely comment, you can multiply these well wishes by thousands. Just know that you’ve helped us all and there is no going back. We are in your debt.

  157. Prayers for a full and speedy recovery – and justice for the person who caused your misfortune. While I certainly don’t know you personally – your kind heart comes through the video screen every time – as it does in your writings. Why someone would do such a thing – I have no words. A terrible shame. Please listen to your doctors and take the time to heal properly before pushing those planes around.

  158. Dear Paul,
    So sorry to hear about your being assaulted and hurt! Wishing you a speedy and full recovery.
    Dan Jones
    Texas Hill Country

  159. I am very sad to have learned what happened to you, Paul. You are in my prayers. Tragically, it seems that the world has become more hostile of late. It is shameful. I pray for your speedy recovery and send very best wishes from Charleston, SC, USA.
    Kind regards,
    John Chulik

  160. I’m so sorry to hear about the assault Paul. Hoping for a speedy recovery from both the physical and the mental knocks.

  161. Dear Paul. From the outpouring of response in well wishes and prayers, I feel you have created a wonderful online presence that will help see you through this shocking event. To be assaulted is a blow to our core. I hope you can recover quickly, as pain-free as possible, and be back on your bike come Spring/Summer. I wish you the best and am sending healing prayers your way.

  162. I’m so sorry to hear this, Paul.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery. Hopefully you can have time appreciating the work you’ve put into the house

  163. I had just moved to New Mexico in 2019, and had some space in our new home to start a hobby. I came across a video of yours on You Tube and immediately knew what I wanted to learn. A peace and welcome distraction I find in (learning) the craft is due to you Mr. Sellars. I broke three ribs in my early 30s when “showing” my sons how to use a snowboard on a small icy hill where we lived. Not fun and I’m not too convinced the pain meds were worth the intestinal side effects. Please get well soon!

  164. I’m sorry for the situation, Paul – that’s absolutely terrible. I hope that you get well soon and rest easily. God bless you in this and in all you do.

  165. So sorry to hear when bad things happen to good people, especially very good people. Broken ribs from a bike fall cause pain when sleeping, taking deep breaths, coughing or even laughing, which I’m sure you know. Keep laughing inside sir!

  166. So sad and shocked to hear of your assault Paul, whats the world coming to. Wishing you a speedy recovery, hope your not in too much pain. Take it easy and get well my friend 😉

  167. Paul, Very sorry to hear you were a victim of this heinous act. Praying for your quick and full recovery.

  168. Paul – You’re in our thoughts and prayers for a swift and complete recovery. Also, hoping the assailant is identified, prosecuted, and duly incarcerated! Keep your cheer and good humor, sir!

  169. Wishing you a speedy recovery, Paul. I have had a broken rib or two myself over the years – no fun!
    Take care.

  170. Paul you have changed so many lives for the better- mine included. I look forward to your return, but for now accept my sincere thanks and well wishes for your full recovery.

  171. Dear Paul,
    I join this legion of friends you’ve never meet to send you all my best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery, physically and psychically. Your bountiful spirit will serve you well in this effort. Please know that we are out here, thinking of you, and joined together in our get well wishes. We can’t all visit you in recovery, but we would if we could.

  172. So sorry to hear that you have been assaulted. What a dreadful thing to happen. I hope you will make a quick and full recovery.
    I’m sure your active lifestyle will pay dividends and you will soon be able to return to cycling and teaching all your supporters fine woodwork.
    I hope you are taking comfort from all the positive messages being sent. I have a feeling that you will not be entirely idle even when you are in pain from your injuries, I’m willing to bet you will continue to make fabulous drawings of future planned projects. Best wishes, John

  173. Paul:
    The news of your assault is both disturbing and sad. Narcissism and anger are greatly on the rise in Western societies and with it some people feel justified in harming others. Very sorry this senseless act of aggression was carried out on you of all people. Please know that there are hundreds of us that care about you and wish you a full recovery. And, thank you for being a source of inspiration and goodness. We need more people like you in the world.

  174. I don’t understand society and people these days. Get well soon Paul, and as someone who has had broken ribs, don’t laugh, sneeze or cough!

  175. I am saddened to learn that a person who brings joy to so many people has been treated in such a bad way. I wish you a speedy recovery and i hope the persons responsible get what they deserve.

  176. Dear Paul,
    I was saddened to hear of this senseless assault. I wish you a speedy recovery with no lasting problems.
    I owe it to you for transforming my woodworking from almost hopeless to being able to make things I’m proud of. The turning point was when i came upon your video on sharpening, what a difference that made. Its a joy to use sharp tools and the chisel that I’d concluded was made of poor steel works fine now I know that I had to flatten the back!
    Thanks for all you do and have done for all of us in your woodworking community. Lets hope Karma kicks in and the perpetrator sees the error of his ways.

  177. Oh Paul how nasty people are these days. I wish you peace and rest and a comfortable time during your recovery.
    And thanks for all the information you passed to us, you remind me of my old woodwork teacher Mr Preston, very good teacher from 50 odd years ago, (only he could be nasty at times with his cain) if you can keep smiling.

  178. Sorry to hear about the attack, there are way to many of these crimes now. We need to get back to law and order. Praying for your healthy return.

  179. Wishing you a speedy recovery Paul. I too am a cyclist and some of the drivers are NOT paying attention, nor do they respect cyclist.
    But the majority are great I wave them by on narrow or challenging roads and you get a toot on the horn, a wave or a turn signal flash.
    Get well my friend!

  180. I am sad that this happened to you Paul. Having broken ribs a few times, I know the pain that you are feeling. Rest and heal quickly.

  181. Best wishes and a speedy recovery from Belgium.
    I think you are a calm and loving person, i cant believe they assault you.

    all the best..

  182. Tough times we live in.
    Prayers for a speedy recovery and great full you have a family to rally around you.

  183. With all the good you have given in your life time, this is just not deserving! May Karma be swift. Please have a speedy recovery.
    Best wishes from Texas.

  184. Paul, Like so many others, I regard you as a friend not yet met. So terribly sorry to hear about this wicked act of evil against you. We all so admire, respect and warmly embrace you, as well as deeply appreciate your immensely capable woodworking and the sharing of it.
    Praying for you and for a minimization of your pain. God’s blessings on you, friend!
    Ohio, USA.

  185. Paul, I hope your recovery is quick and complete. Please take the time you need to heal. The gifts you have given to the world over the past decades are remarkable. You surely have more apprentices than anyone in history and we’ll be out here working away!

  186. Paul,
    Best wishes for speedy recovery and comfort during your healing. I know you will listen to your doctors and your body as you return to normal activity.

    Take care!


  187. Paul
    You have been such a blessing and inspiration to many. Just know this, you are in my prayers. I hope you have a speedy recovery and that you get the rest you need. Larry, Rowlett TX

  188. Wishing you full healing and rest. Also hoping they figure out who did this to you. I am glad to hear you have plenty of support during these trying times.

  189. Hello Paul,
    I was physically shocked to read what happened to you! Please take care of yourself and let the healing process take its course before you engage in any physical activity. We will wait for you.
    Also, take comfort in the knowledge that so many people around the world are wishing you a full and speedy recovery. God Bless.

  190. So sorry to hear of your recent encounter with a person who certainly does not belong in the same world as you. I discovered your work about six years ago and have been an avid Paul Sellers groupie ever since. You have done much to help me discover the hand tool side of woodworking that has brought back many memories of working with my father when I was just 7 years ago. He was a cabinet maker and a perfectionist. I am reminded of him every time I read one of your blog entries or watch and learn from one of your videos.
    Thanks for the memories Paul and get well soon; we will miss you.

  191. So terribly sorry to hear the news. Wishing you a speedy recovery, Paul.

    I’m moved to write here for the first time, because I’m one of the many who have been transformed by your passionate approach to woodworking. I started following you about two years ago, eventually committed to building a bench, and after about seven months of acquiring and restoring and then learning to use old hand tools, I now have a Paul Sellers workbench made entirely by hand.

    It’s a strange and wondrous effect you are able to have on people around the world. I hope the countless well-wishes here speed you on in your recovery.

  192. Sorry to hear about your accident. Get well as soon as possible. I bet you will know how to make the best of your unplanned rest ;-).

  193. rest & recovery. We need you back to your best Paul.
    This is terrible news.
    You are in my thoughts.

  194. I am so sorry to hear about your incident. I hope you recover soon! Best wishes to you and your family.

  195. Wishing you all the best in your recovery. If the person is caught, maybe their sentence will be to join your MasterClass to find a better path in life. I hope you heal quickly and get back to making a positive impact in this world!

    Love and prayers from Pennsylvania, USA!

  196. About time you took a break! Enjoy this season as best you can. Hope you are comfortable, surrounded by family, and getting lots of rest. Prayers for you and yours.

  197. Dear Paul,
    Know that you have brought so much joy to me watching your videos and learning.
    I wish you a very speedy and full recovery.
    Be well my friend,

  198. I have felt the shock and outrage of an unprovoked assault so I know something of how you are feeling. I am sure your strong will and constitution will ensure a speedy recovery, and I hope there will be suitable retribution to the culprit. Steer clear of planing and ripsawing for a while and concentrate on a full recovery before returning to give us more instruction in the workshop.

  199. I am praying for a complete recovery. It is so sad that there is so much evil in this world, and that it attacks someone who brings us so much beauty. Thank you for all you have taught me.

  200. I am so very sorry and shocked that this tragedy happened to you. Please be reminded that you are in our thoughts and prayers for recovery. But, don’t rush it. Our bodies seem to take longer to heal when we get past the age of 35. The patient must practice patience, so we will wait too. I’ve never met you, but I have a feeling that you will be doodling on a sketch pad with pencil in hand in no time. Take care Paul, and may God bless you! Chris, from Kansas.

  201. Dear Paul,

    Meaningless acts of violence always sadden me, it erodes the trust and comfort in our daily lives. But as a former police officer you know all these mechanisms better than me. Broken ribs take their weeks to heel, I wish you all the best, and that the broken ribs are indeed the worst of your injuries.


  202. Best wishes for a quick and painless recovery, although as an old footballer (American) I know something about rib injuries. You can’t sneeze and you can’t laugh! Be careful and take your time. We will miss your instructive and wise tutorials.

    There are too many desperate and angry people in this world . . .

  203. Be well and take time to heal—- be like that tall oak in the yard even after a bad storm it will still be standing— but with a few missing branches

  204. Thanks, Team Paul, for letting us know what’s going on, so we can join in wishing Paul well and letting him know how very much we appreciate him and all he teaches us. Hang in there, all of you!

  205. Paul, hope the healing goes quickly and you return to normal as much as you can . I appreciate your calmness and common sense when I listen to you. You are one of my heroes.

  206. I’m very sorry to hear about this, Paul.
    Wishing you all the best for a fast recovery and hope to see you back in good health on Youtube.
    Kind regards from a Belgian admirer.

  207. Paul, get well soon. But do take your time and let your mind explore the possibilities that you can share with us in the world of wood working. Keep your chin up. Know that you are loved and appreciated for a multitude of reasons. We will see you when you are able to come back to sharing with us all.

  208. Best wishes to Paul. These incidents have become far too common here in Canada and the US. It’s sad to hear that England etc is not immune from this violence. Paul is a good man and I expect he’s pretty fit and sturdy. Looking forward to his come back.

  209. Paul, praying for a speedy recovery and many more opportunities for you to spread your love of woodworking and sharing your gifts of knowledge.

  210. I was shocked when I read of the assault. Please do take things easy for a while. This injury takes a long while to heal and can feel better than it is for some time. Not being able to work in the shop is difficult for most of us, and I suspect will be so for you. But I think you might be able to do drawings, writing, editing etc. That’s small comfort, I know, but it might help.

    Your work, your videos, and of course your books have been more than informative for me, they have been inspirational. I look forward to the news that you are back in full swing.

    Best wishes,

    Harvey Green

  211. Espero que sua recuperação seja rápida. É importante ter sua compania e técnicas para pessoas como eu, um hobista na marcenaria. Estou no Brasil e acompanho seu trabalho.

  212. I am so sorry to hear of this appalling senseless attack on you, Paul. My thoughts are with you and I wish you a full and speedy recovery.

  213. Mr. Sellers,

    Enjoy the rest as much as possible. Under the Circumstances it won’t be much, I’m sure. I’m praying for a speedy and complete recovery, as well as some justice in this world.

    Hol fast and keep crushing it!

  214. Dear Paul !
    I was shock to hear that you have been physically assaulted …my thoughts are with you hoping for your recovery both body and spirit!

  215. It’s clear. The whole world’s watching.

    The parallels with Christ are striking. I mean they crucified the guy after all. And whoever did this tried to do the same to you.

    Of this I can be sure, it’s impossible to keep a good man down. I hope you’re able to make a good recovery, no matter the time.

    If nothing else, I’m certain you will continue your design ideas in your mind, maestro and when able, put those to paper and action. But it’s really ok to take all the time you need.

    Thank you for your service.

  216. Paul,
    I am shocked and saddened to learn of the assault on you.
    My family and I wish you a swift recovery.

    I have fond memory of attending one of your half-day classes at Elm Mott, Texas. I learned so many useful things from that class, and I am trying my best to pass them on to my grandchildren.

    Again, we wish you a swift and comfortable recovery.

  217. Dear Paul. I was shocked by the bad news. I wish you a quick and prosperous recovery. Hopefully see you soon. With kind regards,
    Dirk Ogier

  218. For every ‘one’ of them (Thugs), there are MANY of us, I still believe that.
    God Bless and speedy recovery Paul!

    Dino B
    (Missouri USA)

  219. Praying for a speedy and complete recovery. We will miss you and look forward to celebrating your return.

  220. Dear, Paul-

    My wife, Megan, and I have enjoyed your instructional videos for many years now, and seeing your second career flourish has been an added pleasure. We wish you a speedy recovery and are comforted to know you are in such good care.

    With sincerest thoughts and prayers-

    Megan and Ben Miller

  221. I hope you can get back on your bike and woodworking soon. I had a biking injury a couple years ago and although I’m 67 I miss biking a lot. Thanks for the tremendous amount I’ve learned from you over the years.
    God’s blessings 🙏

  222. Dear Paul,
    I was shocked and horrified to read of what happened to you. It’s not just the physical injuries and trauma, either, but the emotional shock too, of being assaulted. I am glad you will be able to enjoy the beauty of the furnishings and fitments you have made for your home, while you recover. My wife and I send our best wishes for a rapid and complete recovery.
    Peter de L
    Perth, Australia

  223. Terrible news Paul. I hope you have a full and speedy recovery.
    All the very best from Australia.
    Manuel de Sales

  224. Paul, I am in awe reading that you were attacked! I hope you are doing better soon and I wish you a speedy recovery. Living in today’s world has become a challenge. Having lost a family member to a senseless heinous murder 30 years ago finding answers to ‘why’ is not easy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Mark Gardiner New England USA.

  225. Paul, terrible news! I hope you’ll recover soon, all you need for now is to rest and remember: it could have been much worse.

  226. Dear Paul
    I wish you a full recovery. I am but one of many who enjoy and respect your art and work, but please don’t hurry back for your loving audience.
    To Paul’s production team and workshop staff, sounds like you are doing a fab job of looking after Paul.
    All the best

  227. I join everyone else in wishing you the fastest recovery possible. Although not a skilled person in woodwork, I enjoy trying, and value your delivery of rounded life knowledge very highly. Being (even) older than you, I understand how deep and true your thoughts go, especially in your linkage of life skills with working in wood. Thank you.

  228. God bless, Paul. So sad to hear this. I guess you’re never safe no matter what country you’re in.

  229. How awful! I hope you have a speedy and full recovery and are back in your shop very soon. You have been one of my favorite teachers over the years and I am very grateful to you.
    Best regards,
    Jeanne Otts (USA)

  230. I’m terribly sorry this happened to you. I check your blog about once a week and was honestly a little worried when I saw that you haven’t posted anything for quite a while. You’re such a prolific writer and this isn’t your norm.

    I’m praying for your speedy recovery. I read through the comments, and I’m glad that bystanders were able to assist you. I do believe most humans are intrinsically good. However, the < 5% that are rotten can really be a headache/dangerous for the rest of us.

    I hope they catch the scumbag that did this to you. It probably would have been a different outcome for the individual that did this if he tried that in Texas. Of course, there are positive and negatives to "that" as well.

    Really wishing you well Paul and Family. You all have really made me passionate about woodworking with hand tools, and I appreciate all you all do.

  231. I trust you are on the mend and it doesn’t take too long before you are comfortable enough to sleep lying down (it took me two weeks).
    As for coming back to work please take your time to recover properly. It is unfortunately no longer shocking to find some neanderthal has found pleasure or felt entitled to assault an elder person. It is one of the few occasions I would prefer the culprit to be taught a few manners before being handed over to the authorities.
    Get well soon

  232. Paul,
    Here’s to your rapid and complete recovery. May this help:
    “When a deep injury is done to us, we never heal until we forgive.”
    – Nelson Mandela

  233. Paul,
    As a lifelong cyclist, I have suffered my share of abuse and attacks while riding. I don’t understand the origin of such anger, but it’s there. I wish you a speedy and full recovery, and I hope this incident does not affect your desire to get back in the saddle as soon as you are able. You are much loved and appreciated.

    . __O
    . -\<,_

  234. Oh no !! i am so sad to read this news Paul ! as one of your far away students i wish you a full speedy recovery …..you daily make this world a much better place and i am so sad to hear you were subject to this mindless brutal random act of violence …i am sending my gratitude for the man you are , and all that you give and do for all of us ……heal fast ! <3

  235. Hi Paul, I broke 4 ribs 4 weeks ago and I am a 69 year old carpenter who works for Habitat for Humanity in the US. I know part of your pain and hope you find a comfortable recliner to sit in and sleep. it was my way of getting rest. Get well please. you have taught me much. Jerry

  236. Dear Paul,

    What a shame! I’m shocked to hear about what happened, and I hope you will fully recover and heal at the right pace. Broken ribs are not fun, sneezing, coughing and laughing are really painful
    (so we have to all hold back with trying to make you laugh and leave it at giving you smiles for a while…🙂)

    My thoughts are with you.


  237. Dear Paul.
    So many great comments for you in this post. I did not see if anyone asked about you hands since the recent corrective surgery on your fingers. Hopefully they were well enough to not be injured and perhaps helped break the fall and kept it from being worse. To me, you should be “Sir Paul” for everything you do for people.
    BEST wishes from Maryland!

  238. Dear Paul, I am truly shocked by the news of this assault. I know you’re in good spirits—that almost goes without saying!—but I hope your body, especially your ribs, heal as quickly as possible. Your steadfast and excellent instruction means more to me than I can put into words, thus you’ll be sorely missed in your workshop. But your health must be your priority, and I wish you all the healing strength in the world. You truly are one of my modern-day heroes. Get well SOON!

  239. Most unhappy to read this news.
    I am sure you will recover well.
    But it will tough for an active man to be laid up for recovery.
    Still you will need to let you body heal, and so rest up and follow the docs advice.

    Get well soon and take care.


  240. Paul,

    You’ve been an inspiration and the source of so many useful techniques. I’m saddened that this has happened to you and so soon after your recent hand surgery that went so well. I hope you’re back in the saddle again soon.

  241. Praying for a fast and full return of health, humour and confidence. Thanks to you and all the team for such interesting and inspiring content. God bless…

  242. I’m sorry to hear about this assault. I’m sure Paul will be back up again in no time though.
    I’m currently building my Woodworkers bench so I’ll give those tenons a few extra belts imagining it’s your attacker!!

  243. I hope Paul recovers quickly. I want the police to catch the attacker and bring him to justice. Get well soon Paul.

  244. I’m terribly sorry for knowing this. I sincerely hope thtat Paul recover completely very soon, and the attackers pay for this action.
    Get well, Paul, please. We will wait here all the time you need.

  245. Wishing you an uneventful recovery Paul. My thoughts are with you through this. As an 81 year old myself, I have even more empathy for you.

  246. So sad to hear. Wishing you a good recovery. Thank you so much for all the amazing things you’ve taught me over the years.

  247. What a terrible thing for someone to do to such a wonderful person. Best wishes on a speedy recovery.
    ps. i hope the police find and lock up this horrible person.

  248. bad news Paul, get well soon! I’ve been enjoying your videos for a few years now. long may you continue. have a restfull convalescence.

  249. Wishing you a pain free and speedy recovery from the great state of Texas. I hope the police catch this attacker soon.

  250. I’m very sorry to hear that, Paul’s such a good teacher of handtools and most certainly does not deserve to be pushed off his bike just for committing furniture ! I hope you recover quickly Paul.

  251. Hi Paul,
    Jeff down south in Johannesburg. You are my wood working mentor and I admire what you have achieved and what you stand for! Please get better soon and I look forward to your next “live show”.
    PS your book remains my back-up plan, which is second best!!!

  252. I was saddened to hear of your misfortune Paul.

    We have never met but, through your entertaining and informative videos, I feel we have been friends for a long time.

    Very best wishes to you on a speedy and complete recovery

  253. I hope there’s security footage to catch the person who did this.

    Take the time you need to heal and get back into bench plane form.

  254. Get well soon, Paul. And please don’t forget that there are a lot more good people in the world than bad.


  255. Good luck Paul and take the time to come back to us in great shape : we still have so much to learn from you! Read and see you soon Paul!

  256. Paul . I have been inspired by your approach to woodwork and life over the last few years. I hope you recover fully from this attack and return to what you love to do soon.

  257. So sad to hear of your terrible experience , Paul. Hope the healing goes well and quickly. The perpetrator of this act is to be pitied but probably not intelligent enough to realize what they were doing. Take your time coming back to the workshop and allow prober healing. Many thanks for everything.

  258. Dear Paul,
    I am truly sorry and angered to hear of the attack and injuries that you have suffered. I hope to see you in better condition and spirits soon.
    Get well.

  259. So sad to hear of the attack on Paul. I will pray to God, the Creator of Man, and our Saviour, for his recovery. He has given so much free information to us from his experiences in life.

    Sorry to see Adrian and Peter cutting God down and telling us to keep our religion to ourselves! I will pray for you also. God commands us to let our light shine; to tell the Good News, that is presented in the Word!! When you truly care about others, you want them to be saved and enjoy eternity with God.

  260. Deseo su pronta recuperción, espero que puedan detener al o a los culpables de este aberrante hecho

  261. Paul, so sorry to hear of your ordeal and the injuries that resulted from it. Wishing you a speedy and full recovery. All the best.

  262. Dang, I started reading the sad/bad news this morning and there were some 330ish comments, I’m back at 1600h. and another 100 or so have been added.

    Paul, I’m sorry to hear such news about you; I wish you a complete recovery, but not necessarily a ‘speedy’ one as that takes the time it takes. However, you could look at it as a “self-imposed ‘atelier’ break. As a few people have mentioned, make it a good occasion to let your mind go wild and your fingers get drawing/drafting. A good time to organize your thoughts about that book on your relationship with George, maybe? We’re all waiting on that one :-)!

    So, from Gatineau, QC, Canada, wishes for rest, recovery, pain control, and time to look around and enjoy a different scenery. Come back only when ready, we’ll wait right here!


  263. Dear Paul,
    I am so sorry to hear of this cowardly act of violence toward you. My hope is you will have a full recovery and the authorities will find the person that did this to you and they are properly charged and convicted. Take care.

  264. Dear Paul
    I am so sorry that this has happened to you.
    Having been assaulted in a similar way when I was a teenager I can sympathise however I was less injured and suffered bramble and stinging nettle onset only.
    My prayers for a speedy recovery and peace in the waiting are assured.
    Much blessing

  265. it was i who assaulted paul. i hit him with a club made from my failed dovetails, jacked up jack planes, and bumbled turnbuttons. his doctor pinocchio from Italy told him to wear a balsa helmet and black locust plate armor on his bamboo bike. my motive: i saw one too.many metal screws in his furniture!

    get well soon master p!!

  266. Dear Paul

    I hope you feel better soon. It breaks my heart to see people all over the globe getting hurt for no reason, but hate and anger. Thank you for all of the hope you bring, that is what keeps us going.

  267. Dear Paul,
    Prayers from Texas on a quick recovery.
    As others have said I pray for the person(s) that did this to you. That they would realize their transgressions and seek forgiveness.
    You have given me such a love of hand tool woodworking that I cannot overstate just how important your teaching videos have been. I wish I’d heard of you earlier in life.
    Again, I hope you are doing better every day. The shop beckons….but in good time.

  268. Greetings! Well wishes and a speedy recovery from my wife and I! We absolutely love your content, talent, view of life in general and uplifting comments. My wife isn’t even a woodworker and wants to watch your videos. Cheers to you and your family! Godspeed!

  269. As a fellow biker who has had my share of bike related injuries I hope for a full (and speedy) recovery!
    Upon hearing that your injuries was caused by an assault I can only hope that the culprits are found and brought to justice.
    So sorry to hear these news and I wish you well and hope you focus on your wellbeing and recovery, we will be here waiting for your tutoring and advise whenever you are up to it. Don’t stress about us. You are more important than that.
    Best wishes, Jim

  270. Hi Paul, I am so sorry to hear of your incident you had. It’s a crazy world. Wish you all the best and hope for a speedy recovery. Take as much time as you need. We will wait for you. Terry

  271. I’m really sorry to hear about your encounter with an unkind person, or persons! Take care of your good self and get well. We will look forward to progress reports and seeing you back at the workbench after those ribs heal!

  272. Paul,

    I hope you have a quick, full recovery! I have learned so much from your videos and books and I and my family are keeping you in our thoughts.

    Further, I hope they catch the criminals who did this and they get their just desserts.

    Bob from California

  273. Paul,

    How dreadful that this has happened to such a kind and very talented man. I hope you are on the mend and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Here’s to a speedy recovery. Can’t wait for your comeback. You are a true inspiration to us all !

  274. Truly sorry to hear about this Paul. Get the rest you need and if your police need some assistance I’m sure our friends in Texas would be glad to send over a couple of Texas Rangers to help dispense some justice.

  275. I am looking forward to seeing you back on the saddle. In the meantime, rest up! (I know it’s not a simple task for us woodworkers 🙂

  276. Sorry to hear about attack; Thank You for great videos that have been so valuable to me over the last year.

  277. Greetings from Joshua, Texas. The land of Mesquite and Bodark. I find myself quite outraged at what has happened to a very kind soul. Of all the woodworking sites on the net, there is only one man that I can see giving the title of Honored Sensei, because you have freely given your knowledge to the world.
    I wish you a speedy recovery and many years of health and happiness.

    Thank you Teacher.

  278. Hi Paul
    I was alarmed to hear of your recent incident. I am hoping for a speedy recovery for you at this difficult time.
    Kind regards
    Paul Adelaide South Australia

  279. Sorry I am late to the parade of the well-wishers. I wonder what kind of person does things like this to another human. A terrible shame from all perspectives. I am so happy you have the resiliency you do. From the cold days of Wisconsin. Bob W.

  280. Sorry I am late to the parade of well-wishers. I wonder what kind of person does things like this to another human. A terrible shame from all perspectives. I am so happy you have the resiliency you do. From the cold days of Wisconsin. Bob W.

  281. Well, that sucks!
    I appreciate Joseph and crew proactively informing us in what must be a stressful situation for all of you – both the professional and personal sides affected at once

    Paul is a maker. I’m sure it takes more than a couple of broken ribs to truly get him out of business, so I’m sure his newly refurbished heavy duty precision tools (hands) won’t be idle. Sketches, writing, admin and planning will go on …and once healed a bit I bet there’s plenty of tool cataloguing and maintenance to do without engaging core strength

    Don’t be a hero, and best luck on your recovery. We’ll be looking forward to seeing you behind your bench again 🙂

    Aroha atu,

  282. Paul, I am so sorry for your incident. It is very disturbing the things we see going on in this world. I wish there was more we could do. But you need to know we are all thinking about you. and pray for your recovery and that they find those responsible. I guess it is safer to be in the shop with all the sharp tools than outside on the bike. All our best wishes!!!

  283. Hi Paul and team, Like everyone I was shocked to read of your incident. You are an inspiration to us all. You have taught us that old tools may be broken and in disrepair but can be restored to full working order. This old tool will be repaired and back in the workshop performing those miracles we all enjoy watching. Get well soon and best wishes.

  284. Dear Paul, I was shocked to read of your assault and want to wish you a speedy and full recovery. Though we’ve never met, I regard you as a friend and have learnt so much from you.

  285. G’day Paul

    Wishing you all the best for a full and speedy recovery. Kind regards from down under.

  286. I never thought I would write in this comment field, but this newsletter …

    I have been following your work for several years, I think of your work as the most fundamental and detailed resource, for any woodworker.

    Wish you a speedy and complete recovery.

  287. Dear Paul,

    Get well soon, no need to worry about us, we still have plenty to catch up with.

  288. I am very sorry and shocked to hear this. Wish you Paul and your family to recover to the best from this horrible situation.

  289. Best wishes to you from one who has learnt so much from your blog and enjoys them so much. Get well soon.

  290. Best wishes, Paul, and hoping for a speedy and full recovery. If only people could always show small acts of kindness to others, even just a smile, instead of these pointless acts of spiteful, malicious harm the world would be such a better place.

  291. I’m very sad to hear of such horrific incident. I share the sentiment of many here and hope for your speedy recovery.

  292. Shocked to hear about this incident. My very best wishes for a full and speedy recovery Paul. Take it easy.

  293. To the man who stopped me from thowing away my grandfathers hand planes. All the best. Look forward to your smiling face tempering more timber. Get well. too many people are relying on you.

  294. To the man who stopped me from thowing away my grandfathers hand planes. All the best. Look forward to your smiling face tempering more timber. Get well. too many people are relying on you!

  295. Dear Paul,

    I am so sorry for it all! I wish you a good and fast recovery!

    Dear Joseph, is your father feeling any better since it happened? I hope you two have the chance to pass some good time together during the recovery, despite the cause. Keep us posted.


  296. It’s shocking and disheartening to know there are people in the world who only care about destroying, hurting, and humiliating others. Praying for your swift and total recovery, but I have no doubt you’ll be back on your feet before anyone expects it, due to your loving and positive outlook on life, which I’m sure is what keeps you healthy, happy and cheerfully going along, helping others and being generous and kind (something your attacker will never know.)

  297. Get well soon. Speedy recovery. Know that there is a huge community of admirers who have you and your family in their thoughts and prayers.

  298. Dear Paul,

    Heal well and quickly.

    This news first fills me with concern for your well-being, however, a seething anger soon rises beneath it.

    I hope the miscreant(s) who did this are soon found and are punished to the fullest extent of the law . . . and then some.

  299. Paul
    I LOVE to see the outpouring of well wishes and appreciation of you.
    You are an inspiration to soooooo many of us.
    Praying for your complete healing and the return to your bench (and camera I hope).
    Chuck from Florida

  300. Extremely sorry to hear this, get well soon and at your own pace, I look forward to hearing from you in the near future. I’ll take this opportunity to thank you for enabling me to build my bench, I dread to think of the outcome without your videos. Thank you.

  301. Dear Paul,

    Rest assured your assailant was not a woodworker, at least not a hand tool woodworker. I hope they catch the fool so that he can learn that he’s assaulted a national treasure.

    Be well,


  302. Very saddening that this happened to you Paul.
    I wish you a speedy recovery.❤️‍🩹
    Don’t let the B*****d’s win.
    Be a survivor.

    What is wrong with society and people these days to do such a heinous act ti a fellow human being.
    Bring back public whipping.

    Get better soon Paul,
    Patrick K.

  303. Wish you a speedy recovery and return to your passion. If there is anything your fans can do, please make another post.

  304. Dear Paul,
    So sorry to learn such bad news.
    I wish you a fast recovery and let my thoughts be with you.

  305. Hang in Paul! The World needs you. Broke one rib in November – can’t imagine three! With you in spirit and in gratitude for all you have shown me. From Vancouver Island.

  306. Paul, you inspired me to get into woodworking with your videos and calm explanations of how and why to do thing, hope you get better quickly!

  307. This is an outrage! I daresay, a national treasure has been harmed. When will the violence end? If they knew the beauty he created, would they still have done it?

  308. Dear Paul, words fail me to some extent, as a life-long cyclist this appears to be “internally justified” to assault cyclists, by some people, I just hope you get well and back to your beloved no4 as soon as you’re able.

  309. Paul

    Best wishes and a speedy recovery from Northern Ireland

    I’ve only recently begun woodworking, and I’m doing it mostly for the sake of doing it and as a wee mental health booster. Your calm manner and knowledgable way of being is so appreciated in learning the craft.

    Hope you take the time you need to recover and you are able to do so restfully and with those you love around you.

  310. I do hope Paul makes a full and speedy recovery – I have really benefited from his knowledge and experience on YouTube.

  311. I’m so sorry to hear that. It is sad that others take joy in the pain of others. My family will be praying for you and your family.

  312. I am so very sorry to hear that this has happened to you. It must have been a very scary and painful experience. I hope you have a quick recovery. Take care.

  313. Glad to hear you are in good spirits after that miserable incident! They say things work out best for people who make the best of how things work out. I’m confident you will be fine!

  314. Hello Paul,

    Sorry to hear of your assault. Get better soon. Thank you for all the knowledge you have shared.



  315. Hey Paul, such terrible news, we live in a terrible time where people seem to think this is an acceptable thing to do to someone else. I wish you all the best with the recovery and I hope you will take all the time you need to get back on your feet. Don’t rush back to the bench now, we’ll all still be here waiting for you. No one’s going anywhere.

  316. So sorry to hear this. Several times you have written of the pleasure you take in riding your bike. May you find relief not only for the pains in your body, but for the bruises of memory that will want to attach themselves to rides in the future. May healing be yours on all fronts.

  317. You are in my thoughts, Paul. I know what it’s like to recover from broken ribs. Get well soon.

  318. Mr Sellers Sir, take care, your work is a service to all of us, thank you. God bless you and I wish you a speedy recovery.


  319. Paul:
    I just found out about this and I am more than a little shocked.
    Working with the content in your videos got me into a new level of woodworking that has been incredibly enjoyable and fulfilling. And, I always enjoy your level demeanor and your attention to the student’s perspective. I wish you a quick recovery and look forward to seeing more of you. You have my very best wishes. -Gerry

  320. so sorry to hear the dreadful news Paul. Hope you make a swift and full recovery.
    Regards Barry

  321. Paul,
    This is the first time that reading your blog has brought tears to my eyes. I am so sorry to hear that you were hurt. I hope you get better soon.
    Wishing you all the best,
    A faithful follower,
    Al Flewelling

  322. Damn it! I hope you can leave this behind you and that it doesn’t influence you moving forward. But now it’s about you, stay safe and get well soon!

  323. Paul, thinking of you and wishing you a full and speedy recovery. Please rest up in the knowledge that you have brought so much information and pleasure to so many people by sharing your skills in a fantastic, easy to watch, way. It has inspired me, and I am sure many others. Best wishes.

  324. Sorry to hear about that. My wife and I are praying for you. Looking forward to seeing you at your shop after your recovery. Take care Paul. Clarice & Bob.


  326. Paul !
    I share equal passion for two important things .. my work at leeds general infirmary where I am proud to work on the hospitals roof top helideck being part of a 3 man team providing fire fighting cover for all the flights that attend & also enjoying religiously your videos blogs & articles. The most dreadful things happen to the most undeserving people it seems. A positive mental attitude will bring you through. Sending you strongest possible positive waves to speed your recovery . Sincere best wishes Eden.

  327. Mr. Sellers, I wish you a speedy and full recovery. I am so sorry to hear that you were injured in such a way. Please be well and thank you for putting yourself out into the world so confidently.

  328. My goodness Paul – this news is quite unsettling. I hope the perpetrators are discovered and charged.

    Meanwhile I pray that you will fully recover from your injuries. We’ll all be here when you’re feeling well enough to get back at it.

  329. Paul, hang in there. You’re a fine man I hope your recovery is swift and the bum gets what he has coming. Godspeed from Texas!

  330. Eutsi goiari, Paul.
    Zorigaiztoko gertaeratik osatu. Konturatu orduko hain maitea duzun zurgintzari buruzko zure jakintza zabaltzen jarraitzeko indarrean izango zara.
    Greetings from the Basque Country.

  331. Paul,
    I am so sorry this has happened to you. As you have mentioned many times that you have made dovetails every day for over 50 years, you will almost certainly suffer the painful effects of dovetail withdrawal. Just remember this is only temporary and you will be back at work soon. All kidding aside, I hope you have a speedy recovery.
    Don from Ohio

  332. Thankfully the vast majority of people are thoughtful and kind hearted. I am so glad that help and comfort came to you quickly. Bear up and remember that we are all here thinking of you and wishing you a speedy return to good health.

  333. Paul, I’m just reading about this and I hope you recover soon and that the police take this seriously and try to find and prosecute the culprit.
    I used to commute by bike in and around Glasgow but got so fed up with aggression from car drivers and pedestrians that I eventually gave up after some small incidents and a few near misses of a far more serious nature.
    I fear that intolerance and aggression has become endemic in our society and for some reason cyclists are often the targets.
    Get well soon and looking forward to more videos.

  334. Was the attacker a car driver? How can someone do something like this ? 🙁 Hope they catch him and give him attempted murder charges at least… one can hope hmm… I wish you a speedy recovery Paul!

    Fellow biker.

  335. Dear Paul and to all of Paul’s team and family

    I just read about Paul being assaulted on his bike. I am so upset about that and i am so shocked.

    I hope very much that he will recover from his injuries as soon as possible and that justice will win.
    Justice is important for victims especially when violent crimes are happening.

    I am a crime victim myself – i feel very much close to all of you.

    I have not planed to every write about being a crime victim myself in the internet but Paul’s websites and what i have learned about amateur wood working has helped me so much as human and a victim in the past.

    Now after Paul being assaulted, I think i had to write this all. I hope it is ok to write in that way.

    Best recovery wishes from

    Andrea Engel.

  336. So so sorry to hear this who ever done this should be ashamed of there self what is this world actually coming to well paul glad to see your back in workshop but hey please take it easy to make 100% recovery just like the 100% inspiration you are don’t force it I think speak for everyone here we rather see you back fit and healthy when your ready ❤️

    1. I really haven’t had a choice, Keith. The pain has been too intense as every single move delivers and excruciating pain. Any wrong twist, jolt deep, unplanned intake of breath delivers with it pain.

  337. Paul, sending you best wishes and saying prayers for a continued and complete healing of your ribs.
    I am so thankful for having been a student of yours in the central Texas area many years ago and learning from your the proper use of hand tools and joinery techniques and working on the lathe.
    Enjoy your convalescence and come back refreshed and energized.

  338. So sorry to hear this Paul, Take good care of yourself and only come back once you are 100% fit. Your health is the most important thing right now.

    1. I am actually working modestly again. My doctor advised me to do whatever I can whilst allowing my body to let me know what to do when and when to make adjustments and changes. This seemed good advice to me so I am taking on tasks that will not require straining my chest and torso. I had a decent day today, drawing writing and some things in and around the shop. I’m in no hurry.

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