One of the single most important aspects of my craft is listening to sounds that resonate from the wood as we work it. I have often said to my students ‘Listen to the thickness of the shaving!’ At first, they seem somewhat bemused by the statement but once shown they get it. After many years…

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I don’t do this usually, but I did send it back. Don’t judge a book by its cover! This book is a way of just printing money. Someone interested in Shoji screen panels for dividers, doors and window lites might buy it in the hope of being inspired but the reality is the most unimaginative…

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Mondays roll around to keep Paul forever on his toes and I am planning on the chamfer plane prototype today in readiness for as early a release as possible. I also have my next project prototyped for filming this coming Wednesday and I think I have brought everything together to make a basic shoji screen…

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I’ve shared many times on this issue, even if the word is slightly different. Many say there is no such thing as truth but of course, there is! Truth, in fact, literal fact, is everything! In my working with wood I have earned that any compromise with regards to veracity means I leave something behind…

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Noun or adjective, fitting works, and, well, no it’s not woodworking, but someone has to do it. Fit them I mean. I put one of these on the doors to create a hands-free door and found that they work so well I wanted them on all the doors. They do take a while to stop…

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My wood seems such a solid thing when all else seems to shake. Perhaps it’s not so, but I rely on it more than most and see it as that more than most, I think. These past two months of lockdown seem to have changed the world we once felt more solid about. People search…

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Some of my fondest days have been spent in wild places where few men trod, cowboys rode on paints and cattle roamed vast tracts of ranch land. I watched a roadrunner lift a rattler, spin it in midair and kill it in a single move with it pointed beak. A wild boar with three-inch tusks…

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It’s time for another Q&A session and this time it is live! We want to do these more regularly so we’ve decided to have a ‘theme’ each time, to focus on one topic. This week our Q&A will be on wood preparation. Thank you if you sent in your questions and I will do my…

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I am often told of this plane or that plane coming from an alternative culture, as though somehow never had a western version and that somehow we might be behind when in reality what we had simply got dismissed by being forgotten in the flotsam and jetsom of our industrial ‘progress’. In reality it is…

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As a boy I peered into tool chests filled with some of the most beautiful tools ever made in the history of tool making. They were all hand made, of course! They usually remained just under the bench aprons and at the ends of workbenches and on the rare occasion that they were left open…

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  • YrHenSaer on Not Good, Not Good!Regardless of the merits or otherwise of the book in question, I regret to say that this episode, for me, is characterised by an ungracious, ill-mannered dismissal of another perso…
  • Ermir on Not Good, Not Good!Dear Harun, I have benefited mostly from Paul's reviews. They are honest reviews, not biased, not sponsored and above all professional. On one hand think about the Spear & Jack…
  • Tad on Not Good, Not Good!I understand Paul's frustration. I recently have fallen victim to this. I saw a high school textbook from the 1940s about wood tuning on YouTube and they showed how the book had sc…
  • Paul Sellers on Not Good, Not Good!I will not lose a penny in the deal, but I did waste my valuable time, effort and suffer disappointment. Because no one left a review on it for others to consider, meant that sales…
  • Keith on Veracity is EverythingPaul, I am very interested by the second photo in this post, with the closeup of the door with very intricate shapes. Is there any chance that you can share some of these technique…
  • Harun on Not Good, Not Good!Just because you lost a few dollars and under the disguise of doing a public service, this was a petty review. There were several options to deal with your disappointment and the w…
  • Paul Sellers on Not Good, Not Good!I don't think it was a kind review, Gary, just an honest one and what needed someone to say, that's all.