You Are Special…

…and then you are the same. It’s not a look alike thing, more a feel alike. But it doesn’t destroy your uniqueness. Amateur woodworking and its woodworkers is not at all a new thing. In times past most men did woodworking in support of their daily life, a rural worker repaired his cart though he […]

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George Goes the Extra Mile

George was watching me from his side of the bench. It wasn’t so much that I felt it but more noticed he’d stopped moving. “What’s that?” he asked. “It’s a cutlery tray for silverware.” I answered. “What’s it for?” he enquired. “It’s for Mrs B, the cook at the outdoor pursuits centre where I go […]

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It’s All About Balance

It’s Saturday and my sixth day of work in my work week. For over 50 years I’ve worked a six day week making. By that I mean I’ve worked building everything from my homes and my furniture, chicken coops and splitting logs: mostly with my boys as they grew alongside me. I felt sad sitting […]

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George and Maturing Men

George leaned over the bench to get my attention, jerking his head to one side and slightly back to make sure I understood. “It’s brew time!” he said. The clocking in clock was wrong and I was behind time. In one minute there would be a cry from the men and I would be given […]

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Why the Bandsaw?

Is a bandsaw something you would consider? It’s handy, but if you buy a bandsaw then why not buy all of the other machines? Aren’t they handy too? It is a valid enquiry. The reason I would not generally advocate the other machines is because the process of hand work has proven to be so […]

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I Bought A Saw

I didn’t need another saw but I had good reasons to buy it—this one at least. It looked lovely. It caught my eye by its proportion. More than that even, it looked like a working saw and I usually only buy working tools. I am coming to the end of my own buying of tools. […]

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