Closing this week is a momentous one for us – one worthy of great celebration at least. For a little while, we’ve been working to regain full control of my first published woodworking book, Working Wood 1&2. Last week my mind traced its path through three decades to develop the curriculum I knew new woodworkers…

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I talked recently about whether, when we say we are in or out of our “comfort zone”, it is often more likely we are describing our being in or out of anything we want to control. A controlled area makes us feel comfortable and we only really feel comfortable when we are in control. My…

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I am never sure if we altogether understand self-drilling screws, the need for pilot holes, and just what’s happening at the tip of the screw with its ultra-pointed, missile-shaped point. In industry, carpentry-level assembly and such, they are indispensable and an odd split in a deck board will ultimately add to the dozen or so…

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Yup! I binned the other three. Too politically driven! international jingoism just got too much for me! Then I realised that those of us with our feet firmly planted on the ground seemed somehow apt to just keep going. A year ago today we saw the COVID roll itself out with a seemingly unstoppable force.…

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Making a footstool-cum-toddler seat sometimes comes from free wood, as do many other small projects. Oak, ash, cherry, walnut, just about any wood will make a good stool, including the most basic of softwoods. When my daughter-in-law asked me to take a damaged chair with missing parts away to discard I didn’t at first think…

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I still receive an occasional comment from someone who knows me not at all and knows nothing of my work beyond just having seen me saw down a dovetail angle. With my gent’s saw still poised, they’re advising me that a power router will do this or that better, faster or whatever other adjective they…

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What hand tool woodworking gives me. I remember passing John’s workbench one evening a week or less ago. It was dark, but the light from my work area cast a soft blush on the end of his toolbox carcass. I wasn’t examining his dovetails, it was a certain level of perfection that caught my eye.…

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Two and a half months have passed already, imagine! We makers just keep making and making keeps us both safe and sane. I’ve got three rockers under my belt, together with all the 12 new episodes it takes to make one. Plus, I also have one of my Brazos rocking chairs which I just completed…

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It started with a few lines of graphite on the first page of a plain drawing pad. I never use graph paper to draw on. Too many little squares and lines. I don’t need scale at this point, just my own lines and shapes. The shapeless moved from straight lines to curves and square angles…

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Working on the four rocking chairs I’ve just been making made me conscious of exavctly how often I reach for not one plane but four, not one saw but seven, not one spokeshave but four, maybe five, and I could go on. Of course, I could manage with one or two or possibly one of…

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  • KeithW on Making is LivingFor similar reasons I worked 100+ hour weeks at busy times> I guess the pressure to do something just means that you get on and do it. I am assuming that you didn't do 150 in an…
  • Paul Boegel on The Closing Life of a Fine ManIn some societies he would qualify for sainthood. He had power and used it to help others. Others do not do so well with it unfortunately.
  • charlie on Working Wood 1&2 AvailabilityTēnā koe Paul, I picked up this book from a retiring woodworker friend of mine who highly recommended your YouTube channel. And it has been life-changing, no exaggeration. I've mad…
  • Paul Sellers on Making is LivingI hope no one here has to ever make 150 a day. I was feeding my family at a time when there was a need for work so I designed these back in the late 1980s. It worked. My first orde…
  • KeithW on Making is LivingHad a go at making a log birdbox today. Used my electric chainsaw to do the work. Made the back, lid and base from log outside slices and nailed it together. Will see if it attract…
  • Kragh Hertel on Working Wood 1&2 AvailabilityThanks for the update, Paul. A question/suggestion. Do you ever update your blog posts to reflect conditions like this, so readers don't have to wonder, or find out by following li…
  • Paul Sellers on The Closing Life of a Fine ManThank you, Peter. I see my mistake. I was impressed by it when I read it in today's Daily Telegraph. They did the greatest honour and tribute to our dearly departed Duke, His Royal…