It’s good to look back on all that we achieved last year and entering 2020. Following on from the previous decade of teaching and training, I feel we forge ahead with a 2020 vision for our future based on what these statistics have shown about our platforms for presenting real woodworking for a new generation…

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Spindled chairs are not complex. Not really. In fact, though they mostly look it, they are truly simple. The chairs most predominantly used in public places relying on chairs for seating (taking out plastic ones of course) are mostly made of turned components. The reason of course is that they re surprisingly strong, easily jigged…

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Texas was so lovely. Mesquites gently jostling their frond-like leaves of light green seem innocent at first sight, unique, but hide the spear-point thorns the rancher mostly hates. Moving along serpentine back roads interconnecting on my route from Llano to Fredericksburg via The Willow City Loop was as stunning as ever. Fredericksburg’s Main Street is…

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Yes, we Brits can be wimps. An inch or two of snow and snow stops everything. “The Beast From the East” headlines warn us for weeks of impending snow-and-ice doom and our resident media fear-mongers in smart suits and ivory towers continue to invent news rather than report it win out once more. One of…

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Fixing up the bullnose plane didn’t take much at all. The pictures really help when buying via eBay and I usually scrutinise them. Notice on my old model how the nickel plating is now patchy with wear after 50 years in the using, well, by the time i depart this earth there’s a good chance…

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A new Stanley #90 is a true treasure to own and its design is flawless. In my view the Stanley #90 bullnose plane, the one with depth adjustment, not the 90J, is a world best. I find the sloped nose gives better entry in awkward corners rather than the more blocky, squared off ones. It…

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The thing that’s wrong with a blunt pencil is that you just can’t see the point in it. Here is a tool I recommend for anyone who likes sharp pencils all the time. Whereas I like and use a rotary pencil sharpener in the workshop, when i am out and about I found I had…

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Drawing, like many things, writing, craft work, woodworking, if you want to do it well, starts out as an interesting notion and then develops into a discipline. You can enter the portals of institutions and learn there or you can find some other way. All will be equally good. I draw for myself and mostly…

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Hand routers come in a wide range of types and sizes, wood and metal ones work the same and there are advantages as always to wood on wood. You shouldn’t think that the ones with adjustable depth control or superior to the pinch-adjust types nor that metal routers are better than wooden ones. They each…

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No matter where my workshop has been, grandiose castles and my own homestead workshops by my homes in Texas from the 80s through and well into the new millennia, there are few things that compare with putting out the shop lights, taking a last look inside, and catching a silhouetted glimpse as the last light…

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  • Bill on Diminishing Craft ValueI sometimes think that complaining about what we have lost through haste and a search for efficiency and productivity is wasted breath. We need to proceed from where we are now. I…
  • Kevin Nairn on Diminishing Craft ValueI know a little bit about this as I have been a design & technology technician in a large secondary school in north London for 28 years. Rather than move towards teaching more…
  • Lockwood Ian on Diminishing Craft ValueHi Paul, a really interesting observation. I think however in this world of Technology and high speed living people are craving using their hands. Gardening, Cooking, Woodworking a…
  • Paul Sellers on Following the DreamIt wouldn't take much to get me over to Ireland. It's one of my favourite countries to be in. I gave a motivational talk at the Waterford Institute of Technology about 14 years ago…
  • Paul Sellers on Autism Support in WoodworkingYou might try ear defenders for him, to see if that helps. That's as much to see if it's the sharp noise alone or the combination of the swift movement and the repeated bang noise…
  • Paul Sellers on Autism Support in WoodworkingActually. what's truly interesting too is that without sound I find don't plane edges square straight off and have to regularly check for squareness with a square rather than do it…
  • Paul Sellers on Autism Support in WoodworkingJust use a waterproof PVA. Encourage whoever you make for advise t to leave steeped in water but to simply wash clean and wipe with a dry cloth after washing.