Some of today’s views

I unloaded the van at the Penrhyn Castle workshops this morning and then rested by taking a ride in the crisp cleanness of Anglesey and Snowdon. Winding along the Welsh roads I was struck by the brightness as I drove to return the van to the hire company. Snowdonia with it’s light frosting of freshly laid […]

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Plane talking and plane walking

You may not know this, but there is phenomenon in London you don’t see in capital cities around the world. It surrounds a unique tree that thrives in inner cities called the plane tree. Here in London the trees shown here have been ‘docked’, pollarded if you will. They are not there to provide shade […]

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At the bench with woodworkers

I’m back in North Wales with blue skies, a few puffy wisps of cloud and the same essence of inner contentment I get when I’m on the verge of finishing a new piece of furniture or carving a spoon or building a shed or something like that. I demonstrated to several hundred fellow enthusiasts all […]

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My creative workspace V

I hope that by now you can string these posts together and discover that your workspace has critical elements that go beyond the sterile kitcheny look depicted in most magazines and videos. I’ve made it clear that orderliness is important and having a place for everything means it and you have a sense of belonging. […]

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Two days to Ally Pally

I’m looking forward to the Alexandra Palace Get Woodworking Live Show even though I have been to too many woodworking shows to count. I usually find something new to pique my interest and raise my bemusement levels, but generally what’s usually offered as new is a change in the color of the plastic handles and […]

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My creative workspace IV

I think of my workspace as a creative place in which I spend a great deal of if not all of my time. It’s not comfort I in any way crave so much as a place to create, which to my mind is seldom comfortable. Design and developing designs from two-dimensional images to three-dimensional reality […]

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Creating my workspace III

My workspace is different than my workplace. It’s where I occupy and work, that’s true, but my workspace is the environment where my tools and bench and tool cupboards and tool chests rest. My life revolves around this space and I live a great deal of my life immersed in it. You see, it isn’t so much […]

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Handle differences

Just to show my point on the different standards between two planes. The image right is the Stanley Sweetheart plane handle. The hard, unresolved line that leaves a flat face connectingto the ill-sized radius reflects an ethic that came as a result of mass manufactured equipment needed to supply WW II. Remember the contrast of […]

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