I often see the sphere I work in as a sort of personal ecosystem that somehow belongs to me yet gets shared with others stopping by the door. In an ecosystem all of the components are interrelated beneath the protection of the canopy of the forest. An understory exists within and beneath which fertile life coexists…

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It’s an interesting question most loners shrug off because they like their own space and being alone. Whether that’s completely true they may not actually know, they may just think that’s what they like. Living successfully in both camps there are some things everyone should consider. Over the decades I have had long expanses of…

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I Coined the Phrase ‘My Creative Workspace’ for a reason. I felt that because of machine industry giants and the machine-only culture invading our lives over several decades, we lost the significance of an inner eco-climate environmentally dedicated to hand work and hand tool methods. We indeed lost a culture. This advocacy almost destroyed those…

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Remember when I first set up my workspace tattle New Legacy New York school and I had cupboards more centralised to the shop. Well, for me, as a blogger and photographer, it was hard to  get the light I needed without resorting tas situated lighting or flash. These create artificial images and this that I…

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  My Creative Workspace Chests I finally finished off the lower toolbox to my creative workspace, which concludes my settling in to my workshop after about 18 months. It is resting now. A place for everything and everything in its place is a maxim I have learned the value of. I want to encourage any…

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I am older now and wonder more about issues of order. I realise that without a plan I rarely accomplish what needs to be done. Plans first develop order and most planning revolves around negative or unoccupied space. Parameters for creative workspace are not so much about the largeness of empty space and occupying the…

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Outside the siding is going on, painting too. Hung cedar shakes transform the insulated innards to visual texture and colour in keeping with a counter-facility to the factorial production facilities so common today.We reach into the future with an alternative reality as we establish both a furniture making workshop for hand made products and furniture…

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Today I am stopping in at The Home Depot, my least favourite place to go buy lumber in general, but I am doing it for you, to buy wood for my tool cupboard and storage cabinet. Later on I will be visiting a lumber sawmill here in the woods. That will be my next post…

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Monday 2nd April 20112 Rest and re creation This was a restful day challenged only by my own quest for a balanced period of reflective personal solitude, occasional moments of interaction with a few friends and a couple or more hours watching, talking and listening to my friend Marty for the woodworking insights of a…

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Can two worlds unite The new school of woodworking is really an unfolding work designed to help others find, no, more, discover the substantive merits and fulfilment of woodworking handwork. There should be no doubt that people generally believe that machines are advanced developments that enhance work and craft; that with each new machine developed…

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  • Michael Muschal on MisnomersPaul, I discovered you very recently while surfing the web to started in woodworking. Some decades ago I had tried building a few projects with power tools, but was more afraid of…
  • Paul Keane on Working AloneI must say your website is excellent with lots of information on how to work with and improve my wood working skills. Due to the lockdown I have build a workbench, I have been look…
  • Dan on Branching outSteve, was that the one on display inside a ranger station in California? If so, I have seen that as well. Definitely worth a look to anybody interested. Keep well, everybody.
  • Gary on Working AloneYou are not alone when you go home to your partner at the end of each day. The same person you saw when you awoke this-morning. They're even with you in many ways when you're apart…
  • Paul Sellers on Edge Sharpening Under £10Is it "cheap" plates or 'less expensive' or 'low cost' plates? There is a difference here. Mylow cost plates in all gritt=s are holding up well after almost four months to date. My…
  • Paul Sellers on Edge Sharpening Under £10I might suggest something different here. I think that with the larger diamonds to top angular points fracture more readily and in a sense, create a sort of plateaued top which is…
  • Richard C on Edge Sharpening Under £10with the cheap plates, I find that yes, they wear very quickly initially, but then 'settle'. another thing I've found is that it's possible to scratch the grit off completely if yo…