It’s time for another Q&A session and this time it is live! We want to do these more regularly so we’ve decided to have a ‘theme’ each time, to focus on one topic. This week our Q&A will be on wood preparation. Thank you if you sent in your questions and I will do my…

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I planed wood and stood staring into the depths of chatoyancy. Each reflection, I knew, reflected the significant order and the significance of order I placed on every facet of my working. As I looked with single-eyed resolution into the eye in the wood I sensed the prize of fine workmanship that was soon to…

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Well, I finished the last of the ten projects promised today and now I am onto the next woodworking masterclasses project, which began with a clean-up and put-up of the shop and a sharpen-up, as always. We must stay isolated here. It’s to soon to return with confidence yet. This place feels bigger everyday and…

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The sandbox drawings are done, as is the prototype which is fully made and currently being tested by my granddaughter who is putting it through its paces with daily testing on the deck outside. My potatoes are doing really well, both in the ground and in the growing boxes I made. I am hoping to…

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Grieving is that truly unique period of readjustment where healing takes place between once having someone or something we valued greatly and then not having what was. It’s the period where the minds of the aware begin a healing process from the withdrawal of something truly valued but lost. In the midst of such traumatic…

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I think that you will really like this video. It ex-planes why I say the things I do about the bench planes and I would hate for anyone to miss it! Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFItd2yCA7o

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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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My mind races some times, most days, tracing a thought, a passage of thinking about the house interior coming along with finished rooms being made ready for me to design the pieces for. A chair, a table, a new rocker design. These things float in and out in the room space I picture in my…

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I have thoroughly tested the Spear & Jackson handsaws over several years, recommended them as an economical alternative to higher cost makes and those offered by premium makers. They might not look as nice but that they are every bit as good and even better as far as functionality goes than saws that sell for…

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  • 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…
  • YrHenSaer on Not Good, Not Good!Regardless of the merits or otherwise of the book in question, I regret to say that this episode, for me, is characterised by an ungracious, ill-mannered dismissal of another perso…