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My creative workspace – more thoughts

In a culture where most men now punch keyboards rather than swing an axe, write with a pen or dig a ditch, and where many men are dubbed big kids with Tonka trucks and owning hand tools they themselves call “new toys”, it’s sometimes hard to consider my work serious in crafting a living. This…

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Creative spaces

Sometimes, when I am traveling and away from home, I realise how much value there is in having a creative space in which to work and create and how intrinsic this is and always has been to my wellbeing. This is a physical, emotional, psychological condition governed as much by a sense of belonging than…

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My Creative Workspace #30

I’m thankful for the work I do. I have been making the hope chest for a few days now and on Saturday I have a two-day workshop so I will postpone some of the work until next week. Sharing my workspace has become increasingly important as I grow older and whether it’s teaching, apprenticing or…

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My creative workspace #28

I’ve neglected this aspect for a few weeks while I have been away. And now, getting ready for the wedding, I have many important things that pull at the minutes of each day. Being creative means engaging in the everyday of life, yet seeing life beyond the mundane. I think I spend much of my…

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My Creative Workspace Order versus Chaos

Notes from my journal For some time I have talked fairly extensively about the creative sphere of work and the creative workspace. This is not so much ethos and philosophy, but how or where we working craftsmen develop work as practicing artisans. I in no want to or intend to differentiate between men and women,…

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My creative workspace #24

Imagine if you will a man gifted with his hands and having no ability to design. What piques your sphere of creativity as you work? Is it the wood or your workspace, the influence of other designs or perhaps the tools you use? I picked up a copy of Fine Woodworking recently. I laughed at…

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My creative workspace #23

Culture was once a sustainable environment people lived in that defined how they lived, what they did, what they ate, grew, harvested, cooked and much more. It defined where they lived, how they spoke, worked and every detail of life within the cultural sphere of creativity they were a part of. The culture shifted only…

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My creative workspace #22

Extending my creative workspace We all have important phases in our lives. Landmarks if you will. I have had them since the beginning of my work life. My first day in the Hillgate, Stockport workshop was one of them. My life is quite different now to then. Instead of being a boy I am an…

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Neglected creative workspace

When I’m in full creative mode my work seems to carry me in forward momentum to the neglect of things around me. Some say its focussed attention that blinds us to other tasks that also need taking care of. Multi tasking is seen as a positive trait now attributed to half the population, which isn’t…

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My creative workspace #21

Today was extremely busy at the Hand Tool School in Penrhyn Castle and I was able to share my Creative Workspace with dozens of people interested in hand tool woodworking and woodworking classes and seriously considering learning the traditional skills we use in our everyday work.   When I turned from totally designing furniture pieces…

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  • James Franklin on I Need Another ShedMy father advised me never to give advice to anyone over 16 years of age. You only get acerbic replies if you do even if the advice is well meant! The above exchanges prove he was…
  • David Wood on Life’s a Poem…Hi Paul and Gang, Merry Christmas to you all for 2019. I'm reading James Krenovs' "cabinetmakers notebook" and he is saying exactly what you'r saying about the inclusiveness of all…
  • The Southpaw Woodshop on Life’s a Poem…Well said. Couldnt agree more with the time spent working the wood with handtools, listening and feeling the grains.
  • Greg Werner (USA) on Life’s a Poem…Hi Paul, It's my first visit to your website. I've been voraciously consuming your videos and they have inspired a renascence to wood working days of old - - word working too with…
  • Paul Sellers on I Need Another ShedBut that would be you not me. And of course I find days off and resting the way you suggest very, very tiring too. Oh, and I have never neglected time with my family nor oversteppe…
  • Harry & Margaret on I Need Another ShedTake a break between Christmas and New Year Paul. You'll benefit from the rest, your family will see more of you, and more importantly, your new neighbours will appreciate the peac…
  • Paul Sellers on I Need Another ShedWe film about 98% of the making at my garage in the studio. The filming and editing is as efficient as we can get that way and we have control over everything from light and lighti…
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