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It’s Black and White Woodworking Reality

I’ve given it my best shot so far. For 25 years and few more I’ve given it my best shot and I’ll keep giving it my best shot for as long as I can. Seeing things in black and white somehow dispenses with the peripheral and gets you to the core issues and that’s what …

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The Mary Rose Exhibit Makes Sense of History

Sunday 16th April 2017 Most metal had long since corroded in the rigours of a corrosive salt washing of 5 centuries or so, but handles are almost always obvious. Combine that with location and the pieces literally come together. Had it been for me to be a part of the discovery I’m sure I would …

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More on Mary Rose Treasures

Monday 17th April 2017 It would be too much to blog on the shipwright’s work when the ship is so large. Boats would be much easier. It wasn’t in any way nostalgia that called me to visit Portsmouth nor anything to do with a nautical life on the open sea. It was wood and its …

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The Mary Rose Emerges From the Deep

From my Journal Saturday 15th April 2017 I left for Portsmouth, which sits but 1 ½ hours from my home, for some private study and rest time bathing in the history of woodworking. Portsmouth is a port city and naval base on England’s south coast, mostly spread across Portsea Island. It’s best known for its maritime …

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There’s No Tool Like An Old Tool

  The saying goes that, “There is no fool like an old fool.” but it often seems to me it’s mostly in the negative vein of disparagingly criticising the elderly when they make mistakes or poor judgements. In a more positive vein, to counter the culture that espouses all new equipment as the progressive way forward, and, …

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2-day Class Came and Went

I did enjoy preparing for the 2-day class last week but it is always a lot more work than I anticipate, mostly because I am no longer solely dedicated to what was a dedicated woodworking school. I think running a school may well be more an over expectation carried over from a past into what has become …

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Last Post On Tool Loaning

It does seem generally that most are agreed that it is too much of a risk to loan out the personal tools you either use in the every day of life or the ones you have grown to rely on to put food on the table. I have never had the luxury of having tools …

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The Jury Is In

Well we did nudge the can a bit with the blog on loaning out hand tools. At least my thought on it is the same as before. Don’t loan out tools. But one or two had a different perspective too, which I understand. Whereas a couple of people said something like, “Life’s too short.” or …

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On Loaning Out Hand Tools

Tuesday 28th March 2017 Yes, it’s a no-no “Never lend your tools!” These emphatic words of wisdom came to me at 15 and though they still ring in my ears, on two occasions, coerced as a young teen by two bullying navvies, the tools came back minutes later covered in brick dust and damaged. Of …

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