Vocational calling for others

This was a lovely day today. A couple of times I walked out of the castle into the grounds and realised how stunning it is to be here. I am a fortunate man. I followed my calling and never regretted becoming a woodworker. It answered all of my ambitions and now I can see the…

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Look out for American Woodworker Magazine

This week marks the release of 200,000 promotional DVDs about my recommended course for anyone to develop a working knowledge of how we work with hand tools. I have partnered with American Woodworker to bring a  vibrant educational tool to the USA and Canada. You may have never been able to apprentice before, but now…

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Looking for dovetail saws? Buy Veritas!

To read more about saws on our Common Woodworking site, click here.   The Veritas dovetail saw cuts tenons and housing dado joints just as well as fine dovetails. Here is a great saw and what’s more, the saw actually fits my hand and it has a good sized handle I really like. Some years…

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The European Woodworking Show

  The European Woodworking Show in Essex promises a broad spectrum of exhibitors and demonstrators and I know that show organiser Mike Hancock puts a great deal of effort into bringing a successful show together. His passion for woodworking shines through in this endeavour and I want to support his ambitions to make this venue…

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My latest plane addition

I bought another really great plane recently, one I didn’t ever expect to find. As a boy, my then mentor/master George Mycock from Stockport owned a Woden 4 1/2 smoothing plane. In over 40 years I haven’t seen one ever and there I saw one on eBay. How amazing is that! Bidding was straight forward…

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Tungsten Template

David Gill came to the Foundational Course Part II last week and deposited an envelope into my unsuspecting hand. My hand dropped like a lead weight in my lack of anticipation of the weight. As I peeled open the envelope and pulled the protective sheet from the contents I was holding I saw my dovetail…

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Woodworking Shows this Fall

  The aisles are stuffed most of the time at The North of England Woodworking Show This is a brief reminder to set two weekends aside for two UK woodworking shows. One is held at The Great Yorkshire Show Ground in Harrogate in Yorkshire, 18-20 November starting at 10am each day. I can best describe…

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Veritas plough (plow) plane

 The Veritas Plough Plane for today’s woodworker Here is another revue on a Veritas product I like. The Veritas plough (plow) plane has become my favourite plane for developing grooves to form doors and framed panels as well as inlaying grooves for inlaid stripes in boxes, picture frames and so on. This plane effectively replaces…

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Another Foundation Graduation

Last night we closed up at five and another group left with tables, shelves and boxes with local journeys to England, Wales and the USA. Remarkably, we had a great deal of humour and hard work rolled into six days of building skills and discovering new friends. John Winter helps with my work now The days pass…

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