If craft is the art of work, and I believe that that is what craft is, then we ourselves become a live canvass filled with an ever-changing palette of colour and texture. It puts our work and the way we work, the materials we harvest and garner, and the delivery of it in finished work,…

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Many politicians are predicting the future in a way we have never seen before, relying mostly on experts and scientific specialists, health workers and others to steer us through Coronavirus pandemic. With Covid-19 on us, we are many of us distancing ourselves from our neighbours for the common good of all in so many diverse…

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As I have grown older I have grown less tolerant. I think this to be symptomatic. Sharpening seems to me to have become an abrasive subject discussed by expert sellers and those seeking ever more knowledge. As an apprentice, the men had whetstones in boxes without grade-knowledge per se, but they often had two, one…

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Imagine the days a few decades ago when a man and a boy stood side by side and the man said, “That’s a good question, Paul. Best let me show you!” And he took the plane, flipped it around, end for end, upside down and side to side and taught the youngster all he knew…

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Notes from my journal: When George came into the workshop this wintry moring he parked his bike amongst the wood racks under the eaves in the same place as he usually did, slipped off his bike clips from his pant legs and clipped them to his crossbar. My eyes searched for his as he walked…

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You would think that with everyone gone from the studio that I would have been able to optimise my output be that what it may. That’s not been the case thus far. I do miss the “Paul!” from the other side of the wall, the pressure of getting ready to film an intro for the…

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…Make the Most of It if You Can Some of you have seized the opportunity that you may never have been able to before, to work from home. In some cases, you may have gained an extra hour or more in the morning and also in the evenings before you actually start work and then…

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To celebrate reaching 400,000 subscribers on YouTube, I am doing a giveaway! I am giving away: One of my tenon saws A signed copy of my book: Essential Woodworking Hand Tools A 6-month premium membership to our Woodworking tutorial site, Woodworking Masterclasses. THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

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My woodworking has always been at the forefront of all that I do. Waking in these present days makes me realise how much things have changed in the last few weeks and even days. Riding my bike (in self-isolation) and seeing the world so differently than even two days back made me realise that we…

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I thought I should encourage you to get out into the garage. This carrier for tools is a new project series I just filmed and will be available soon. The important thing is to keep woodworking as this is generally a good thing for everyone’s health but it is also good to keep developing your…

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  • Adam on Someone Wrote MeReally interesting discussion here. Could be just semantics, but I think machine woodworking is more of an ability. Something that pretty much all humans have - to be able to feed…
  • Stuart Woodcock on Someone Wrote MeHaving just started my first large project, a 3.5m x 0.85m outdoor table. I have watched a lot of Paul's videos to gain knowledge and inspiration. I can tell you from a novice pers…
  • Stephen Tyrrell on The Draw of Skilled HandsIt goes back much further than that. It was written in the 1920's and has been recorded many many times. Still being recorded by modern swing bands today. A great song and a great…
  • Stephen Tyrrell on Someone Wrote MeIt may be true that your efforts will not influence the mass producers Paul, but you have encouraged, tutored and trained thousands of "lifestyle" woodworkers in a craft that they…
  • Michael McGinnis on Someone Wrote MeThe book "The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World", by Simon Winchester, describes very well how we ended up the way we are today; without the skilled…
  • David on Hissy Snake ProjectPaul thanks for the video. How long did you make your Hissy Snake ? I guess it's about 18 inches. There might be a specific length to get the correct wiggle ? Thanks again Dave
  • Will Georgiadis on Someone Wrote MeAs a novice woodworker you're videos and posts have helped me immensely in cultivating skills for working word, with hand tools. The many nuances and often frustrations associated…