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Life’s a Poem…

…or could it be? Think composition and the one-line from a four-line poem that succinctly says a thousand things at once. It’s taken deepness in the processing where the image captured speaks from a handful of words. It’s not a common thing to find such treasure above jewels and precious metals; not one wasted word…

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I Need Another Shed

I have to build another shed, a garden shed. I’m building this one in two parts, Part I is the actual garden tool shed, for tools and compost, plant pots and seed trays; It’s important I be ready for the new gardening season. Part II is a compact lean-to greenhouse for starting my vegetable plants…

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Today is Monday!

And they do come around quickly, don’t they? I have been interested to share my future with you all for a number of years. My future reflects on the lived life of my past as a woodworker working full time for five and half decades so far. In some ways my past ties in with…

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Two Opposites

Dealing with my two natures: So, I watched a worker of smaller and lightweight stature work a plane on wood and then another of larger stature do the same. The one used strategy, different approaches, and the wood was levelled, squared and trued to compliance. The other used weight, muscle and a combined strength to…

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All in a Day’s Workout

On my way in the darkness, pitch black, my bike lights pierce the overarching tunnel formed by the trees. It’s a mile long, this stretch. In the dark, up ahead, I see two bobbing lights side by side that at first seem like car headlights but then I see that the lights bob alternately and…

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Vlog 015 Up!

Hard for me to imagine but the latest vlog went up today outlining a few things that matter to me and hopefully to you too. I was never sure if these would be of interest to everyone but they take you down a different avenue of my life and I am so enjoying sharing things…

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Framings and Panels

Framing, panelling and book-matching embraces the reality that we must have wide expanses of wood and that that expanse must be either free to move ‘float’, or be semi constrained within some kind of frame. Through the centuries we have learned what that takes. We’ve refined the methodology through our understanding or at least acceptance…

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Cutting Out Your Wood

The wood I bought from my friend George is stacked outside the garage workshop in a pile and I have started to work it down to sizeable proportions. Cutting into it I have chestnut, elm and beech slabbed into 1 1/2″, 2″, 3″ and 4″. Before I take it down to working sizes I must…

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A Closing Season

Coming to a new year reminds me of the times I’ve had deadlines for customers to enjoy what I made over the holiday season. It has always meant more hard work for me but then the added income was critical too. 2008/9 was the greatest trial in building my designs for the White House. President…

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Woodworking Alternatives

I have generally found alternative realities fascinating. A group of young people built their homes for one another in eastern Europe using alternative building methods from natural materials like straw bale, clay, timber framing and so on. They learned the techniques on courses over a number of years and then taught one another on the…

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  • David Wood on Life’s a Poem…Hi Paul and Gang, Merry Christmas to you all for 2019. I'm reading James Krenovs' "cabinetmakers notebook" and he is saying exactly what you'r saying about the inclusiveness of all…
  • The Southpaw Woodshop on Life’s a Poem…Well said. Couldnt agree more with the time spent working the wood with handtools, listening and feeling the grains.
  • Greg Werner (USA) on Life’s a Poem…Hi Paul, It's my first visit to your website. I've been voraciously consuming your videos and they have inspired a renascence to wood working days of old - - word working too with…
  • Paul Sellers on I Need Another ShedBut that would be you not me. And of course I find days off and resting the way you suggest very, very tiring too. Oh, and I have never neglected time with my family nor oversteppe…
  • Harry & Margaret on I Need Another ShedTake a break between Christmas and New Year Paul. You'll benefit from the rest, your family will see more of you, and more importantly, your new neighbours will appreciate the peac…
  • Paul Sellers on I Need Another ShedWe film about 98% of the making at my garage in the studio. The filming and editing is as efficient as we can get that way and we have control over everything from light and lighti…
  • Stefan R. on I Need Another ShedHi Paul. For me it is a bit confusing sometimes when you talk about the house full of furniture. I have some questions. Are you actually working in the garage of the house full of…
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