Completing the tool chest has been an exciting stage in our training, and seeing the many skills developed this far has been very gratifying. Today the first walking cane video went up on the woodworkingmasterclasses.com online broadcast. This is a much shorter series than the tool chest but it’s important for developing various woodworking skills…

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The handle is shaped – now for the shaft The significance of making this walking cane may not be obvious but it’s the diversion we take into the beginning shaping phase we started a few weeks ago with spoon making; a phase I think is critically important for all woodworkers to develop their skills in.…

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Our cane comes together with a single joint and a joint no other modern-day cane has. It’s strong and resilient and will last as long as the cane itself if it’s well made and fitted together rightly. The next phase in construction is shaping and for this we rely on rasps and spokeshave, planes and…

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Having just concluded the final woodworkingmasterclasses on building the joiner’s tool chest we are about to start the new walking cane series and I admit that though part of my purpose is to help people perhaps start a business or add additional projects to their existing range of products. I also want to counter some…

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  • Dave on All in a Week!Really looking forward to the toolbox project masterclass series. Beautiful looking and functional project.
  • Tim on Yesterday!I think there's a time and place for using power tools. Many people who do not work in wood professionally may have only a couple of hours a day - or even in a week - to build thei…
  • Mike King on Yesterday!Your thoughts on music in the shop struck a chord (sorry!) with me. I am just a beginning woodworker but have spent 55 years in darkrooms, both my home darkroom and various commerc…
  • Vidar Fagerjord Harboe on Yesterday!If a pupil does not understand, the teacher has not explained it correctly for that person. Of course, some things might never be understood no matter how many different explanatio…
  • Ross Morrow on Yesterday!Hello Paul, I’d the same problem with above half of my teachers, Subject: Pythagoras ....dy! Theory 1. Explained twice 2. Questions given out 3. Questions handed in.....now starts…
  • Stephen Wardley on Yesterday!Thank you Paul for your philosophical thoughts they certainly strike a chord with me. Schooling methods hadn't changed much by the 60s when I was going through the system and you h…
  • Phil Rushton on Yesterday!How true your words are. I use power tools and hand tools but I have a little maxim I employ. "If speed is your need use power. If calm is your charm use none." I try to do dusty j…