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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  • Marty on MisnomersI'll be 61 this month and it astonishes me just how much the world of work has changed over the years. I started out as a commercial artist, but that occupation soon gave way to co…
  • Marty on Working AloneNot long ago the Mrs. and myself put an old metal cart in front of the house out by the curb with a sign: Free Stuff We were able to get rid of quite a bit of items we no longer ha…
  • Adrian Gamble on Working AlonePaul not only are you a bright star in the passion of crafting wood to your will, you have a wonderful philosophical view of the world around you. Please keep on inspiring others a…
  • Wayne Whalen on Working AloneLoneliness is mans greatest fear. Even as he grows older and looks for solitude he can't overcome loneliness. He goes into his workshop and he plays his music and has his dog to ta…
  • Bram on Why Suggest Economy Tools?I have a newish disston that I made a new handle for and for some reason thought it would be fine to hand grind a full length taper on with a vernier, some old stones and sandpaper…
  • Bill Webb on Branching outThe song is "Both Sides Now" by Joni Mitchell, a multi-talented Canadian.
  • Peter Edkins on Working AloneThe simple truth is that there is a significant difference between 'being alone' and 'loneliness' 'Loneliness' is a consciousness of being solitary, against ones desires or needs.…