When You Start..

…a new year Yesterday was the first day of the year but of course we all took the day off to celebrate its new beginning. I find nothing daunting about the new year though it hinges on the past ones. I think that that is important for all of us. In some ways its like […]

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Happy New Year Everyone!

I sincerely hope we all enjoy the coming year and anticipate a changing way we look at the whole world we share.  This year I look to an unfolding future that will embrace an ever-widening audience who will build their projects alongside me. I have new ideas, new designs and new methods of building and […]

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Shedding the Past…

…or should it be shredding it? Last year was quite a hard year. Moving house to start the year with, moving offices and business to our own new premises, building the garage workshop studio and keeping up with the videography the whole time to make things as disruptively seamless as possible. Perhaps I was wrong […]

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George and I

It was 5.30 Friday evening when George and I finished the big ritual of sharpening all of our tools. Planes, saws, chisels and spokeshaves were lined up with bright shiny cutting edges ready for our return to work the next Tuesday morning. George was a happy man when all the tools were in order, I […]

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Rest and Relax

Putting my tools away for a few days, sweeping up shavings, my last project suspended between the making of it and its departing to its new home, these things rewarded me in the making and doubly when I closed them out to stare at them. Watching them as if they might fly as sleighs or […]

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Visiting My Home Town

I’ve had a few days off sick because of a cold that seemed more than a cold and more like bronchitis. It’s gone now. Yesterday I took a drive north and visited my home town, Stockport, stood on the spot where I was born. walked the field of my youth, drove roads of my paper […]

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Whats My Worth—Part III

In modern times we might refer to our self-employment as freelancing. It sounds better and seems to settle the matter for those we’re telling the outcome of our recently completed degree years to. Of course in certain spheres large companies force you to become ‘independent contractors’ so as not to have to employ you directly. […]

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What’s My Worth—Part I

I received four books for review this week. They got bogged down in the post and should have arrived 6 weeks ago. Glancing at the covers of a couple I can see the content will not be for fine furniture as such but more, alternative pieces using wood that’s basically secondhand be that shaped, square, […]

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Cot’s Coming Close to the End

Today I was fully in the saddle to almost close out the baby cot project I’ve been working on. It went particularly well and the end result will indeed be the sturdiest take apart, knock-down, almost flat pack cot in existence. The fasteners facilitate taking a large rectangle of frames and panels apart into five […]

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