My wood seems such a solid thing when all else seems to shake. Perhaps it’s not so, but I rely on it more than most and see it as that more than most, I think. These past two months of lockdown seem to have changed the world we once felt more solid about. People search…

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I looked over my tools today. Measured their worth, their weight, their weight to strength ratios, and then the open-handed handshake they have always given me. They’re honest things, the tools I own, transparently so–giving of their best, always, you know! I wondered which politician or economist, media reporter or anchorperson could look at my…

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I am not sure how many of us can carry on working when our jobs rely on office buildings remote from our homes, fellow staff and then too machines that anchor us to a workplace of commerce. I am not sure anymore how many of us can actually handle the stresses of home life as…

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It will surprise many of you that in times past I set up my woodworking designs for machine-only methods that required me to spend 8-10 hours days operating two or three machines hour on hour. The orders kept coming in and I had set up mini production lines for the different products I made. The…

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Imagine Making Every Stick of Furniture for Your Home With the builders having finished phase one I released myself to embrace further planning for my designs to come to fruition Walking through the new areas I look at every wall and into each corner where I see a unique image in my mind’s eye of…

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Some of the best classes I have ever taught have been how to build a workbench. It began in the USA and has followed me around ever since. One of the best workbenches I have made to date is the one I built a year ago and have been testing since then. I use it…

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We filmed this short series a few weeks ago and it is a free project for you to watch and learn from. Here is the link for the brief introduction: woodworkingmasterclasses.com. Smaller projects like this one really help to reinforce our skills and that is because of the close proximity of shoulder lines, joint sizing,…

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…Never to Return It’s a simple truism in every sense. An era has passed, never to return. Look into any past culture anywhere on the globe and you can trace perspectives on art of the day for that era. Each continent has expressed who it is in multidimensional works of art crafted by the human…

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In fact every week works for me, mostly. When problems come, then i can learn from them. Turning negative into positive is more than positive thinking, it’s more embracing opposition and turning it to an advantage. Of course that doesn’t mean that there aren’t struggles, just that when you marry your craft you know it’s…

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I started reading my book this week; just a couple of pages a day. I wrote in between 2014/16. It’s called Essential Woodworking Hand Tools. Reading it is like reading something someone else wrote. I daren’t say I’m enjoying it for fear of reprisals. Reading along the lines reminded me that the original manuscript was…

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  • Roberto Fischer on Listening Up! It’s Important!I'd love to hear more about the sounds of a wooden plane when setting the wedge. What's the best for sound and tactile feedback when adjusting the plane: wooden mallet, metal hamme…
  • Jeff D on Listening Up! It’s Important!I'm excited for taste the 3-in-1!
  • Joe on Listening Up! It’s Important!Thanks Paul. This should be an interesting topic. I recall you talking about the sense of feel, sound, and smell when I first started watching your woodworking videos. At first I c…
  • Paul Sellers on Not Good, Not Good!Then I will discontinue our dialogue as we agree to disagree.
  • YrHenSaer on Not Good, Not Good!@Paul Sellers I have no interest in either the book in question or Japanese techniques. I said, plainly, that the tone of the review, a criticism such as the one you wrote of one a…
  • KEVIN NAIRN on Not Good, Not Good!I work as a carpenter and have lots of books on carpentry and joinery. In one of my older books, there's a mistake on a cut roof (a cut roof is a roof where the rafters and other p…
  • Paul Sellers on Not Good, Not Good!I am not altogether sure what you are saying. Tell me this, had I decided to contact the publisher, would he then have stopped selling the book he had little to do with except copy…