Almost all magazines do it! From the ‘10 best bike seats‘ and riding gear to the ’10 best nail clippers’. We punch in the keys to find the information we need so we can buy into the item we are looking for, secure in the knowledge that we won’t look like fools if we can…

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In an hour I go from neatness and order to a scene of seeming chaos yet I feel settled in the build of shavings at my bench and feet. In the same one hour, I’ve carved and shaped the whole seat to my rocking chair, formed the two tenons connecting the back from to the…

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I do think I should thank the USA for all of the years I was welcomed to live within its borders–23 in total. I met such kindness there in the early years. Difficult times were always helped with unexpected kindnesses, love and care. These are difficult times for us all, of that there can be…

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. . . I remember it well! I was walking down the hallowed halls of the White House to the Cabinet Room to place my credenzas against the end walls on either side of the door that led to the Oval Office. The place was a buzz of activity as people moved decisively from place…

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When I show a picture of what seems the chaos of my workspace it’s not to say this is how I work or indeed to justify others in their untidiness, it’s simply to say I have been exceptionally busy making and that I have had just about every hand tool in the shop out and…

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I don’t know about you but this year started with deep concerns and the chasm of disappointments seems to have deepened in just a few days into2021. It’s not us, the working people with boots on the ground that create the stir but those at the so-called top that stir up the unrest in our…

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My birthday week was wonderful and thank you everyone for the wonderful birthday greetings to warm the start to my seventy-second year of life. I never imagined I would live until this wonderful age and for one reason only: At 35 years of age I was told by a consultant that I had about 18…

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. . . when we start work again, so I’m back in the saddle! You have to imagine that this is Monday 4th January 2021 because I wrote it and was about to post it but my site got hijacked so they could tell you it was my birthday! The new designs in furniture for…

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I don’t really live in the past too much. The future seems always to hold ambition, something to aspire to achieve that has not yet arrived; perhaps a skill, a piece to be made, an idea for something future-born. What is it that motivates our rising to get up from our beds when we wake…

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In this closing point of the year, knowing my greenhouse is still as yet unfinished, I spent some of my Christmas holiday moving it forward. I have ordered the glazing panels and they will be here next week. The roof glazing spars are bird’s-mouthed angle cut and ready to install. I just lack the four-meter…

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  • Ross Williams on Is it Helpful or No?Paul - I think you misunderstood what I was saying. I suppose if I read and absorbed everything you said or wrote that you have covered any topic multiple times. But I want to leav…
  • Shannon on Is it Helpful or No?We can all agree that the Stanley spokeshave Amazon is hawking is crap.
  • Paul Walton on Is it Helpful or No?I find the tools you make yourself are the best ones on the market, and you shouldn't have any complaints about them cause you cannot take them back. So you make them work.
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  • Paul Sellers on Is it Helpful or No?Okay, Steve, I can drop this here. I make no apology for what I said and feel because I did no damage and what is said is said and true. Editor's choice is the editor's choice! As…
  • Steve D on Is it Helpful or No?The reason I used the word contributor is that the reviews are not typically written by the editors. I never considered "Editor's Choice" to overrule the opinion of an article's au…