Kicking off the new year has gone well. My birthday passed with the nicest of times for me and we just completed a nice project for everyone to make. I designed it specifically for a hallway shoe store to tidy the shoes we don’t wear every day, slippers and such too, but then scarves, hats…

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In school at 14 a dream emerged slowly and took deep root. It wasn’t a nighttime dream, every day I looked, stared and listened out through the open window of the classroom in search of kestrels and skylarks high and then wagtails on the playground below. I loved the late spring when the warmer weather…

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Do you see more at 70 or are you blindsided by thinking you do? Are you dismissed by the younger because you are 70 or do you just think that you are? These are real questions. Some younger than me think I cling to hand tools because I didn’t yet discover the power of power…

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I am not a professional health care provider of any kind but I do care and health is provided for in so many ways beyond the ability of professional health care providers. I also strongly dislike the generic terms of health care professional and health care provider. All it does is separate by exclusivity when…

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c. 1300, “to regain consciousness,” from Anglo-French rekeverer (13c.), Old French recovrer “come back, return; regain health; procure, get again” (11c.), from Medieval Latin recuperare “to recover” (source of Spanish recobrar, Italian ricoverare; see recuperation). Meaning “to regain health or strength” is from early 14c.; sense of “to get (anything) back” is first attested mid-14c. Related: Recovered; recovering. Unfortunately, centuries of Henry-Ford factorial specialisation and…

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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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Before we move into this, my heartfelt thanks go to the most wonderful woodworking you’s out there who were able to send in every video and comment surrounding my birthday.. It was truly gratifying and very humbling; I felt so encouraged by all that was done and said. Thank you c. 1300, “to regain consciousness,”…

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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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Well, here it is, a brand new untouched canvass. Are we ready for another year? The world I have lived in for 70 years is still filled full with wonder, wonder enough to show much of its painful past to help show us that we need at best to consume less and give more. That…

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Just a minute! This time last year I had just finished building the oak baby cot for a new series. My granddaughter was born by just a few days and an unbelievable gift she was to us all. Hard to believe in a year now passed that she’s walking and saying things and making us…

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  • 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.
  • Michael on Autism Support in WoodworkingInteresting comments on the sensory perception. I can totally relate, being diagnosed aspergers. The blog isn't about golf, but when I play, the feel of the club through the grass,…
  • Steve P on Autism Support in WoodworkingThats great Paul! My 26 year old nephew is not functioning enough to use tools himself. But he loves to watch me work. Though he is not good with loud sounds. Hand sawing and plani…