I have made some rough-and-ready pieces in my time. That’s not a confession, it’s what we do in life to make life work. I suppose my rough-and-ready might be the equivalent to something from a big-box store not unlike IKEA, Dunelm and many more, but without the pressed fibreboard hollow-core egg-crate cardboard veneered with the…

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…I have to rein myself in, but it is uplifting the making of things — anything at all. Taking something quite raw, perhaps even waste, and converting it into a project built to last for a lifetime, is a part of what we do. Crafting of every kind is usually the harvesting of raw and…

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With all the flooding taking place throughout our island, the transport systems are under even greater pressure in the country. Despite warnings to stay put, people traveled and then, of course, there are those who were already en route to somewhere who were just caught up in it. Many modes of transport have stopped running…

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Thirty years ago I knew or heard of only a handful of handtoolists. That’s not to say that they weren’t there in the woodwork, more that they had little if any real voice. Books written that came out inevitably touted the routed. By that I mean they heavily promoted the new and emerging age of…

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I have mentioned it before but then the sole sales outlet Lowes USA did what Lowes does best when it has a really good product, it stopped selling it. Anyway, I found a US maker making it again, Montana brand, and I thought you might like a set. I did a video on using it…

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I passed a place with an abandoned frame pallet, mainly spruce. Almost all of the pieces were quite clear and clean; nine 10′ 2″ long pieces, 3/4″ thick by 4″ wide. I stood it on end, slipped cardboard between the car and the pallet, tilted the pallet and slid it easily onto my roof bars.…

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…but then there’s my gut! Rarely would anyone use hearing as an excuse for planing wood out of square, but I am! Yes, too, I use my sight, even feeling the angle with my fingers. Taste and smell don’t come into it. Remember my being the first to alert you to the reality that you…

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Now that I have caught everyone up on the essentiality of sharpness, that non-sharpness is never an option, and that sharpening needs to become the rhythmic heartbeat pulsing into and punctuating the work in hand, I want us all to focus on keeping well. The sanity of joinery rests in this one reality: joinery is…

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And don’t be scared! If you’ve avoided sharpening because of uncertainty then it is likely that sharpening has a fearful uncertainty for you. Working with students, friends I came to know, such like that, I learned to listen. In most cases it was the fear of failure that held them back. Mostly it surrounded self-doubt…

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That is the question… A decade ago a student came to my class and in twenty minutes learned how to sharpen edge tools. “That’s was so amazing!” He said. I spent a week on a woodworking course for sharpening and you just taught us more in twenty minutes than I learned in the whole week.…

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