In an hour I go from neatness and order to a scene of seeming chaos yet I feel settled in the build of shavings at my bench and feet. In the same one hour, I’ve carved and shaped the whole seat to my rocking chair, formed the two tenons connecting the back from to the…

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I do think I should thank the USA for all of the years I was welcomed to live within its borders–23 in total. I met such kindness there in the early years. Difficult times were always helped with unexpected kindnesses, love and care. These are difficult times for us all, of that there can be…

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. . . I remember it well! I was walking down the hallowed halls of the White House to the Cabinet Room to place my credenzas against the end walls on either side of the door that led to the Oval Office. The place was a buzz of activity as people moved decisively from place…

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When I show a picture of what seems the chaos of my workspace it’s not to say this is how I work or indeed to justify others in their untidiness, it’s simply to say I have been exceptionally busy making and that I have had just about every hand tool in the shop out and…

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I don’t know about you but this year started with deep concerns and the chasm of disappointments seems to have deepened in just a few days into2021. It’s not us, the working people with boots on the ground that create the stir but those at the so-called top that stir up the unrest in our…

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My birthday week was wonderful and thank you everyone for the wonderful birthday greetings to warm the start to my seventy-second year of life. I never imagined I would live until this wonderful age and for one reason only: At 35 years of age I was told by a consultant that I had about 18…

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. . . when we start work again, so I’m back in the saddle! You have to imagine that this is Monday 4th January 2021 because I wrote it and was about to post it but my site got hijacked so they could tell you it was my birthday! The new designs in furniture for…

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Today we are celebrating Paul’s 71st birthday! The team would like to thank Paul for continuing to inspire us every day with his love of woodworking! We can’t wait for all the exciting things to come. Please join us in wishing Paul a very happy birthday in the comments.

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I don’t really live in the past too much. The future seems always to hold ambition, something to aspire to achieve that has not yet arrived; perhaps a skill, a piece to be made, an idea for something future-born. What is it that motivates our rising to get up from our beds when we wake…

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In this closing point of the year, knowing my greenhouse is still as yet unfinished, I spent some of my Christmas holiday moving it forward. I have ordered the glazing panels and they will be here next week. The roof glazing spars are bird’s-mouthed angle cut and ready to install. I just lack the four-meter…

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  • Samuel on In An HourI went to my uncles and I ate regularly, had a lot to do, and filled most hours with something. I came home and hit the ground running and got heaps done. Momentum is a real thing…
  • Richard Lovinggood on In An HourJust received my copy of your book and am very impressed with the quality of it. You teach a peace that comes from working wood by hand that no power tool could ever bring. My grea…
  • Paul Sellers on In An HourSoon. I am just finishing the updates now.
  • Paul Sellers on In An HourThis will be the next videod project, so follow on woodworkingmasterclasses.com
  • Paul Sellers on In An HourI'm guessing then that you think the seat expansion would have enough power to break the mortise and tenons in the cross rail? It would not. Imagine a sponge held between two jaws…
  • clive on In An Hournice chair, am i right in thinking the seat is tenoned into the front legs, just wondering about the expansion of the seat and the resistance of the front rail
  • Frank on In An HourPaul, that chair looks great. I can't wait to see the finished product. Any chance you'd be willing to share your plans for some of us more novice woodworkers to try our hand at it…