I have to say that there is something about an English B&B you won’t find in other countries. Now I cannot say what it is exactly, but it is in the details. This the Wynstay B&B in Harrogate. It’s a homey and pleasant home from home.       Here in my B&B I am…

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  It’s a specially made wooden box used to contain linens and blankets for extra bedding or changed bedding whereby heavier winter quilts and duvets are stored when lighter weight bed covers are used in summer warmth periods and vice versa. In times past it was a special chest used to store items put away…

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The first day of the show is over and all went very smoothly with non-stop demonstrating from 10am to 2pm with no breaks and no slow down. Right from the start it was very much wall to wall people and wanted to know more and more about real woodworking at the bench with hand tools.…

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I worked on the Hope Chest for a few hours this (now Friday) morning and it went well. Raising panels went well again too. As you can see I used a Stanley #4 across the grain to hog off a full 1/8” from the thickness of this 16” x 16” oak panel before I raised…

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The North of England Woodworking Show in Harrogate begins tomorrow morning and it really look forward to meeting my fellow woodworkers there. Associations come in all shapes and sizes and typing this from my B&B sitting here in bed I am reminded of the last show I did in Essex; The European Woodworking Show ,…

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First off, it’s really good to know you care enough to respond. Please keep contributing. I’ve come to think that lots of people feel thankful that they discovered woodworking, regardless of whether they came to it young as I did or whether they found it in their later years. To deny that we like being…

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I don’t know of many that rely on winding sticks for detecting twist in boards and billets these days but I use mine often as in days past most woodworkers did. Like the square and the shooting board, these simple pieces were essential to producing accurate work; a slight twist on one rail or stile…

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Where do we begin? Back in the post war 50s and 60s something began to emerge called Do It Yourself. In Britain, DIY shops popped up to compliment hardware stores and every town had a dozen or so to choose from. In some measure it was a new phenomenon and unskilled people started hanging Styrofoam…

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My eye scans the winding sticks that span the oak and there the twist stands proud beyond my half cocked eye The rough plane strikes the highs to bring them low and so again I span the oak with sticks to see if winding still stands proud And soon my hands deliver power through the…

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Soon we will be launching our website for the Real Woodworking Campaign, which we plan to open as a worldwide endeavour to promote the art and craft of real woodworking for all. You have heard me talk of the Real Woodworking Campaign (RWC) for some months and it started out by provoking my audiences to…

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  • Roberto Fischer on Listening Up! It’s Important!I'd love to hear more about the sounds of a wooden plane when setting the wedge. What's the best for sound and tactile feedback when adjusting the plane: wooden mallet, metal hamme…
  • Jeff D on Listening Up! It’s Important!I'm excited for taste the 3-in-1!
  • Joe on Listening Up! It’s Important!Thanks Paul. This should be an interesting topic. I recall you talking about the sense of feel, sound, and smell when I first started watching your woodworking videos. At first I c…
  • Paul Sellers on Not Good, Not Good!Then I will discontinue our dialogue as we agree to disagree.
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  • Paul Sellers on Not Good, Not Good!I am not altogether sure what you are saying. Tell me this, had I decided to contact the publisher, would he then have stopped selling the book he had little to do with except copy…