Crisis mass-made goods

There’s a critical mass gathering around the globe that results from globalised cheapness and the demand for goods of quality made for consumption, service and general use throughout that world. This supply created by creating expectation in a world constantly telling its populous that it deserves everything and that it can demand what it wants […]

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Craft work

A man I once knew wrote a book about craft work some years ago. I read it many times and I liked what it said, particularly the quotes by philosophers describing the value of work; and I suppose the meaning too. As I passed along the pages, reading the words carefully and considerately, I saw […]

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Amateur V Professional

Is this a competition? Well in some ways it is and some not. As a paid amateur, I’ve earned my living from working with wood for 47 years. My designs are in prestigious places now, I suppose, like in restored mansions, President Bush’s home has some of my designs and as some of you now […]

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More colour at work

Virginia creeper colour changes I thought these pictures might be nice for you to see. Virginia creeper covers the castle walls and changes from lush green in the late spring to a lovely yet unbelievable deep red in September. In October it falls and we see only the hard grey stone of the Penrhyn Castle […]

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Saw Handles and more

Next level in the saw shaping. Another hour and you will complete your saw handle. I use the saw across the grain to shape the underside of the handle as I did for the underside of the handle yesterday.     Then I cut in toward the saw cut from both sides to shape the […]

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John’s lovely tool box

I designed this tool box as an apprentice project for training them in door making , box making construction, drawer making, raised panel construction. From fitting recessed hinges to lock fitting, this tool box has it all. Remember last week’s blog when John Winter, my friend and apprentice, started his tool box. He’s really progressing well […]

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Saw handles revisited

This is how the handle was from the maker in the 50’s. Watch what happens. See my slightly earlier post on saw handles previously.   Well, saw handles are more than just grips on a pair of dumbbells. I have owned many saws with handles made from strange substances ranging from crushed pecan shells cast in […]

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