If craft is the art of work, and I believe that that is what craft is, then we ourselves become a live canvass filled with an ever-changing palette of colour and texture. It puts our work and the way we work, the materials we harvest and garner, and the delivery of it in finished work,…

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Many politicians are predicting the future in a way we have never seen before, relying mostly on experts and scientific specialists, health workers and others to steer us through Coronavirus pandemic. With Covid-19 on us, we are many of us distancing ourselves from our neighbours for the common good of all in so many diverse…

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As I have grown older I have grown less tolerant. I think this to be symptomatic. Sharpening seems to me to have become an abrasive subject discussed by expert sellers and those seeking ever more knowledge. As an apprentice, the men had whetstones in boxes without grade-knowledge per se, but they often had two, one…

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Imagine the days a few decades ago when a man and a boy stood side by side and the man said, “That’s a good question, Paul. Best let me show you!” And he took the plane, flipped it around, end for end, upside down and side to side and taught the youngster all he knew…

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Notes from my journal: When George came into the workshop this wintry moring he parked his bike amongst the wood racks under the eaves in the same place as he usually did, slipped off his bike clips from his pant legs and clipped them to his crossbar. My eyes searched for his as he walked…

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You would think that with everyone gone from the studio that I would have been able to optimise my output be that what it may. That’s not been the case thus far. I do miss the “Paul!” from the other side of the wall, the pressure of getting ready to film an intro for the…

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…Make the Most of It if You Can Some of you have seized the opportunity that you may never have been able to before, to work from home. In some cases, you may have gained an extra hour or more in the morning and also in the evenings before you actually start work and then…

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To celebrate reaching 400,000 subscribers on YouTube, I am doing a giveaway! I am giving away: One of my tenon saws A signed copy of my book: Essential Woodworking Hand Tools A 6-month premium membership to our Woodworking tutorial site, Woodworking Masterclasses. THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

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My woodworking has always been at the forefront of all that I do. Waking in these present days makes me realise how much things have changed in the last few weeks and even days. Riding my bike (in self-isolation) and seeing the world so differently than even two days back made me realise that we…

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I thought I should encourage you to get out into the garage. This carrier for tools is a new project series I just filmed and will be available soon. The important thing is to keep woodworking as this is generally a good thing for everyone’s health but it is also good to keep developing your…

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  • Francis Anderson on 10 Projects to Make'It’s just a shame that all the things you make are so old fashioned and out of date looking.' ... Quite apart from the tautology - 'out of date' and 'old fashioned' - you've gotta…
  • Kevin on Edge Sharpening Under £10I have been using a set of the Chinese plates for a couple of years now - I mount mine individually on paddles kind of like a strop, but that's just my preference. A couple of thin…
  • Martyn Legg on The Importance of CraftHasan, maybe you could teach just one young person to love wood and all its wonders, do you have one person that shows interest? Invite them in to see one project, enthusiasm creat…
  • mark snyder on 10 Projects to MakeSimon , Personally I find your comments not only ignorant but tactless and insulting. Where might we find your contributions or are you only limited to negative critique ? Have you…
  • Tom Stenzel on 10 Projects to MakeWhen I thought I would have time it still fills up. My daughter works at a fabric store where they've been making face mask kits. She's brought several home. So it's been sewing to…
  • mark leatherland on Sharp TalkingI'm lucky, i had a good teacher who taught me to sharpen freestyle by hand. It was not all that easy to get the hang of it, but once you've got it, its easy and it saves all that f…
  • Steven Newman/Bandit571 on My 400,000 Subscriber YouTube GiveawayNot really a subscriber, chances are about nil. Just completed a large Tool Cabinet to hold 90% of my hand tools. Getting ready to build a Til for all the hand planes, next....alre…