Come as a little child

I recall these words from time to time and dwell on them for reflection. Quotes taken out of context somehow become diminished because the value relates to the whole and written text usually gives a context by which the words find meaning. The quote above has a certain expectation to it for me. Children soak…

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So what is a master craftsman?

Notes from my journal Time was that a man who worked diligently to master his skills in a chosen craft applied to be accepted by the Guild as an approved workman skilled in his field. Those examining him were fellow craftsman in the Guild. The applicant would be time-served, both as an apprentice and a…

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My Creative Workspace Order versus Chaos

Notes from my journal For some time I have talked fairly extensively about the creative sphere of work and the creative workspace. This is not so much ethos and philosophy, but how or where we working craftsmen develop work as practicing artisans. I in no want to or intend to differentiate between men and women,…

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Apprenticing

Another thought. When I was a boy, an apprentice, I had about 8 craftsmen that oversaw my work. There was an older apprentice or two too, but they were more at the tail end of their time. Anyway, 8 craftsmen can deploy and train an apprentice easily without affecting their work too much. I have…

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Furniture Designer

Mesquite grows throughout vast tracts of Texas rangeland. I’ve worked its substance for two decades to date and no other wood I ever used has more stability than mesquite. Living in South Texas in 1987 I picked up my first chunk of mesquite. It looked like mahogany, but the denseness was heavy in my hand.…

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Master and apprentice

  Vocational callings I hear fairly frequently that craftsmen advertise for an apprentice only to find that the person applying doesn’t really want the job but must apply to get state benefits, or, equally sad, no one applies. We bandy around the term “apprentice” with alacrity in this new and recent era of austerity, hoping…

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Critically thinking

  The blue sky over my house this morning and thoughts of the work I must do now that we have the book finished and at the printers reminds me that space and time correspond with each other to provide my creative space. I often ask myself why, in our troubled economic times, crafts like…

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AWFS Fair Las Vegas #6

Perhaps my last Paul Sellers blog on the AWFS Fair in Las Vegas for this year, not sure. As you know, I have spent the past few days trying to understand exactly how the AWFS Fair impacts a world working wood and I came away with mixed but positive feelings. Of course I am here…

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AWFS Fair Las Vegas # 4

Just a few thoughts this morning. A few days ago I was in the UK pondering a question. How can I, getting ready to go to Vegas in three days time, with a half dozen important things yet to do, I needed a workbench 5,000 miles away in Las Vegas for me to demonstrate. I…

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AWFS Fair Las Vegas #3

Unbelievably busy today, meeting old faces (and young ones). It’s a different show than The Woodworking Shows that travel the length and breadth of the USA in that it appeals to the high output manufacturers as well as the small hobbyist without having the hobbyist suppliers there. I think there would have been high sales for hand tool…

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