3-Day Foundational Course Part 1 Day 1

Great day all day! We got straight into the essentials of sharpening first. If you don’t master sharpening you don’t want to start woodworking by hand. The most core essential skill to hand tool woodworking is the ability to sharpen tools surgically sharp and to do it quickly and efficiently.  Equally so, you must be able […]

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Restoring saws: project 1 part 2

Here is John Winter’s completely restored saw project. He has kept the same basic shape for the saw handle, but further refined the grip to fit his own hand. He has completed both saws and sharpened them as rip-cut saws because they have different sized teeth. It’s a good idea because he can use one […]

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Restoring saws: project 1 part 1

Well here we have the ugliest saw you’ve ever seen. See the earlier blog on car boot sale finds. This saw was covered with thick car grease and some kind of white powder. Beneath this hideous exterior lies a good Spear and Jackson from the 60’s series. These clunky looking handles marked the demise of […]

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My creative workspace

Just to colour your day and inspire you. Driving in to work this morning my mind races ahead of my day as it usually does. I think of things created and the effects light plays on shape and colour. This morning the sky’s expanse of bright blue reminds me of how incredible the creative world […]

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Jumma hand plane update

Your growing interest in the Jumma smoothing plane deserves some inside information. I have put this plane through its paces of late and found it to satisfy my greatest demands. Can I fine a better make anywhere? I don’t think so. This plane equals the best of the rest and researching its background encourages me […]

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Arts and Crafts find #2

This free-standing wardrobe was lovely too. This had no inlays, but simple carved motifs on either side of the central door. £80 buys a nice chunk f beautiful hardwood to rescue the work of past artisans and rework it into something more useful, perhaps a smaller cupboard or cabinet, using the rest of the wardrobe […]

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Arts and Crafts find #1

Car boot sales are remarkable places to discover traditional hand tool woodworking and to discover hand tool methods and techniques for creating hand inlays you might not access in antique shops without drawing attention. No one usually bothers at car boots. I found this Arts and Crafts bed quite lovely–creative and inspiring. What do you […]

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