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I’m Writing Craft

Here’s a sentence on dovetails: “A dovetail is a single saw stroke away from becoming. I lift the saw, push the teeth into the wood and cut to the line stroke by stroke. Sawn granules fall from a hundred cutting teeth and the kerf parts off the waste as a dovetail emerges to receive its…

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High-Five to All of YOU!

We sailed right past the 275,000 mark on my YouTube channel in a matter of a few hours when the call went out thanks to you being there with us. It’s been fun for all of us here and everyone out there too to see the comments and the support you always give. Remember that…

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Is the Scrub Plane a Sledge Hammer?

Someone wrote in and said, “Sharpening a scrub plane iron to strop level,10,000-grit—Really?” Well, I thought to myself, ‘Where did that come from anyway?” I mean, Yes! Why not? Then I said to myself, ‘Why, anyway?’   I’m not altogether sure if it was a rhetorical question but it felt like it. The short answer…

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Moved Out!

A little out of sequence with my blog but we put together a video saying goodbye to all the friends we made at the Sylva Wood Centre in Long Wittenham. It was of course with many mixed feelings that we packed our bags but Izzy and Ellie put together a wonderful spread for lunch on…

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Correcting a New Saw

We posted this video yesterday just to help you see that it is simple to correct flawed output on new saws if the saw is resharpenablle which most push stroke back saws mad in the `uk are and most pulls stroke, Japanese-type saws are not. It takes me about 3-4 minutes to sharpen almost and…

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I Think You’ll Like Making T̶h̶e̶s̶e̶ Trees

It is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas and I try to have a simple Christmas project that isn’t too complex to make, is inexpensive and doesn’t tie up too much time. In making these you make four (or more) at once so I think making them hits the mark for me. I wanted something…

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Workbench Videos 2 & 3 Are Up

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Yes, if you want to see episode two on YouTube you should go here. To see episode three now you will need to subscribe to woodworkingmasterclasses (free subscription) to see it now or wait two weeks when it will go up on YouTube. It has been tremendous to see the response to what I consider…

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Thonet—Brilliance in Design: Part II

Thonet Chair Designs—What They Brought to the Table Michael Thonet chairs have on the one hand remained unchanged for almost two centuries and then enjoyed variations on the theme for decorative accentuation and individualising a design under Thonet’s concept. Working at my workbench I slipped into his entrepreneurial designer shoes as I embraced his commitment…

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Plywood at the Victoria & Albert—A London First

Don’t miss it. Make a trip to the V&A London. You will love it. More than that, there are dozens of other exhibits to broaden your perspective with. Hannah and I had an educational visit planned and this week  it all came together when we explored to exhibits, the Plywood Exhibit and the Furniture Exhibit.…

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Who You Are Matters, Everyone!

A teacher in the Netherlands pulled a blog post I wrote about the beginnings and outcome of following my passion in woodworking here and I am not altogether sure why what I wrote altogether mattered except, well, I got something that matters to me off my chest. It happens all the time that things left unsaid…

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