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Overcoming Disability

Hi Paul,My son (9) has become very interested in woodworking over the last year, watching and helping with the projects I have done, along with a few of his own. He was born with one hand, and his other arm ends just below the elbow.He has become competent with some of the easier tasks that…

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Building Work

I have been building what I am calling a shed. The garage workshop can quickly become invaded if you’re not careful and though I don’t altogether mind sharing space with people, I do kinda draw the line at bikes, lawn mowers, wheel barrows and then things like freezers too. In my garage space I have…

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Alignment

In preparing for the house full of furniture I found myself reflecting on all of the pieces I’ve made over the years both to sell on the one hand and then to teach others. Woodworking masterclasses has been a dream come true because when I was teaching my classes more one on one I was…

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Yesterday

I had to stop working on my project after my prototype was completed and half way through the real one because we had work being done on the building and the noise levels would have sounded like a violent horror movie. It’s funny that I enjoyed making both, even though there is no difference between…

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George Said…

…”Have you made your dovetail template yet?” No, I replied. Do I need one if I’m using yours? It was a genuine question, not intended to be cheeky at all. You’re not using mine any more after today.” He dropped a short piece of mahogany my side of the bench and told me to copy…

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Mondays and Where I Make Wood Work

It’s not only where I make my wood work, it’s where I lift my body to work, where my mind becomes engaged to the work I do and unites my heartbeats throughout the day with my intent. When it beats faster I feel purpose-driven with the kind of meaning that matters; it’s so much more…

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Workshop Tidy Up!

It’s one of my favourite times. Working through last week’s filming I ended up with a bout of conjunctivitis – both eyes bright red. With a week of very blurry vision I couldn’t really present so I took an enforced break resting my eyes as much as I could over five days. This week we…

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What Are You?

Perhaps I should say, “Who Are You? Periodically I wrestle with the terms adopted to describe a certain category of woodworking and then other crafts generally too. Somehow it’s an effort to slot people into a more suited category, you know, to match their skill sets. On the one hand you have professional and master…

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Plywood Workbench Episodes 2 & 3 out now

Today times are changing. People have questioned my using plywood for a lifelong workbench but believe me, plywood is a well proven material. I have total confidence that a well made plywood workbench will stand the test of time. Would you believe me if I tell you that Plyscrapers are currently under design in Japan…

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A Tool-Drawered Unit

At what point something becomes a chest I am not sure. Probably more than two drawers I seem to remember from my early days with George. I made this one well over two decades ago and now find it an indispensable place for my special tools and equipment. It’s one of those pieces where simplicity…

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