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The Meaning of Economy

Storing my wood Our economy’s different than business economy, more sort of domestic, kitchen-like, gardening-like economy. We work in different realms of domesticity and woodworking has always been part of my family and domestic life. Never distinctly sawn off as somewhere I go to from. Oh we still have constraints, but it’s not so much…

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Paul’s Garage Workshop? It’s built!

Yup! After an anxious few weeks and two years in the planning, I am very ready to take up occupation. I want you with me as I develop and build my creative workspace. The two cleaning specialists just left this evening following the builders handover and did a sterling job following four weeks of an…

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Changes

Changing Our Looks and More I know many of you that have been with us through the years have noticed changes to my backdrop and also heard hints of changes yet to come too. We’ve not wanted to be secretive so much as make certain we carried you along the journey with us. Many of…

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New Beginnings

We are just about concluding the series on the Craftsman-style rocking chair I have been making for the past 25 years now. It has been popular with most whether that is to make it or just watch how I made it. I am a most fortunate man. I have spent the whole of the life…

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Disappearing Crafts Reappearing

To follow on from one of my more recent posts, I reminded myself of something I wrote elsewhere recently too. “It’s not that towns like Oxford are disappearing but more what made Oxford that’s disappearing.” I don’t altogether lament the opulence of past wealthy-class generations where the rich were venerated nobles known for personal wealth and then for…

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More of My Beginnings As a Craftsman, Teacher and Educator

Partly in answer to the “How to get started in woodworking?” question I remember hearing a more mature person ask a Woodcraft store (USA woodworking franchise chain) manager this question when I lived and worked in the US. The manager’s eyes shone brightly in response and he quickly whisked the customer off to the far side of…

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The Rebate Plane Series and More of My Work

Essential Woodworking Hand Tools by Paul Sellers Writing my book and indeed seeing it published a few short weeks ago stirred many deep feelings in me. More than almost anything I’ve done in any literature work to date at least. In fact, it impacted me so much I recently went on to complete a companion manuscript I…

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The Weekend Woodworking and WoodWords

ArtWeeks continues this week and the weekend was very successful and so too the WoodWords line up of authors sharing from their background the work in the books they wrote. It was quite humbling in many ways but the big thing for me was seeing the significance of the work the different authors contributed to the…

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Remember what sparked your woodworking

I think this is more important than you might think. I don’t altogether think it matters whether the wood was being processed by machine or that it was being worked with hand tools. The processes are in no way the same or even linked particularly, but the synapses somehow snapped everything to attention at some…

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So Many Chisel Choices

To read more about chisels on our Common Woodworking site, click here. To read more about where to buy them, visit our up to date buying guide here. John bought some chisels from the car boot sale last week. Pennies go a long way in scrap tool bins here and for a pound or two you…

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