Day 2 three-day workshop

The castle was buzzing with people today and we were busy on every front too. In previous years Penrhyn Castle has had as many as 350,000 visitors pass through the gates in about 8 months. That’s a ton of people. We had a steady stream today but I managed to duck outside a couple of…

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Walking home this evening

I closed the door at 5pm, walked away to the grassy fileds behind the castle and took deep lungs full of fresh air blowing down from the mountains of Snowdonia. The castle looks a  bit foreboding sometimes with its feet thick punched slate walls reaching high above me.   No signs of wear on the outside and…

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Today in my Penrhyn Castle Workshop

New Legacy is different than most schools.Our courses meet the needs of real people and we strive to make certain everyone attending receives the very best instruction. This is the first day of another three day Foundational Part I. I drove in early to finish up a couple of things and then went hoe for a cup…

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Where to stay near the New Legacy School

Many people ask about accommodation near the New Legacy School of Woodworking at Penrhyn Castle and the nearest Hotel to the workshops is about 1 1/2 miles to the castle itself. The Abbeyfield Hotel is an old Hotel offering hospitable accommodation with breakfast and evening meal available every day.   The hotel is small and locally owned…

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Block planes reviewed

  Many people ask me about block planes. No, not the 8″ wooden coffin smoothing planes of old, but the more modern versions with the bevel up cutting iron and fine adjustment wheels that set the iron so precisely. (Pics coming soon) I find students often buy the block plane as a first plane, before…

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2011 Woodfest Post III

More related to Creative Workspace Well, back to work today when all others are taking their rest on Bank Holidays. As if the banks need holidays. Yesterday’s visit to Woodfest still resonates with mixed feelings. Here are some more thoughts I wanted to share: A timberframed building comprises many parts fitly framed together with each…

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2011 Woodfestwales Post II

My creative workspace   In a field or a tent I sometimes shudder because rain, grass and people damage fine workmanship. Twenty stroking hands on a newly finished pintail duck can cause irreparable damage to weeks of hand work. Master decoy carver Gerry Sanger creates texture to his feathers in the paint surface and not…

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2011 WoodfestWales Event

Woodfest 2011 North Wales Today I made it to the 2011 WoodfestWales at Kinmel Estate, St George, North Wales. A woodworking event I’ve looked forward to for months. I chose not to be a demonstrator this year and being on my own meant I could sit and talk with my fellow craftsmen and women more…

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Restoring saws, discovering methods

I don’t think many know the origin of the bow saw. By that I mean the first date a man bent the sapling stem of new growth to stretch a steel saw blade between two extremes. My gut feeling is that the stem was already bent in growth, as a bowed branch if you will,…

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Neglected creative workspace

When I’m in full creative mode my work seems to carry me in forward momentum to the neglect of things around me. Some say its focussed attention that blinds us to other tasks that also need taking care of. Multi tasking is seen as a positive trait now attributed to half the population, which isn’t…

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