Woodland walks and talks on wood

It’s been a productive week back here in the workshop. My schedule all week has been interspersed with people passing through now that the main Penrhyn Castle is open again. Outside, the snowdrops have vanished and clustered daffodils amass in fielded patches ablaze in bright canary yellow. Part of my apprenticing work is to spend …

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Ally Pally Questions-More on saws

  Paul I very much enjoyed your demonstration on Saturday, and our chat afterwards and came away from the show full of new ideas for further developing traditional-style woodworking in the context of my design technology lessons. We discussed the possibility of sharpening some of the grotty old saws which are available for the use of …

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My Creative Workspace VII

The workshop is almost back in order after the woodworking demonstrations in London and it’s nice to reenter my home Creative Workspace again. Here my tools and equipment rest and wait to work again it’s true, but more important to me is my creative workspace because here with my tools I can move freely within …

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My creative workspace VI

Slipping the tools up the ramps and into the workshop I became aware of my working space again. I recall my travels over the years and whenever I have spent more than a few weeks in one place the first thing I’ve done is create workspace where I can whittle on wood, photograph my work …

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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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