Hand tool school is cool

If you read back to a previous blog you’ll learn that my first hand tool workshop Discovering Woodworking was held in Kerrville Texas and was hosted by The Texas Arts and Crafts Foundation at Schreiner University. That seems in some ways to be a lifetime away and a lot has happened since that time. I still …

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Discovering Woodworking this morning

It’s already noontime and this morning we went through sharpening planes, chisels, spokeshaves and tomorrow I will cover the various aspects of sharpening and setting handsaws. Pretty standard for me because it’s so critical to what we do today, but for the students it was an eye-opener to see the simplicity and speed of non-mechanical sharpening. …

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Boxed in!

I loved this picture.

Discovering Woodworking

For those of you coming to Penrhyn Castle this Saturday for the two-day Discovering Woodworking (2-3 April), it looks like a full class, which means we will have a great time rediscovering those aspects of woodworking John Seymour described in his book as The Forgotten Crafts. My goal is to give you as much of …

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Tasks completed today

The more I think about sharing my creative workspace with others, the more I become conscious that sharing worklife has immeasurable rewards that far surpass the independence of working alone. My friends and fellow woodworkers support the important work that’s true, but more than that, they share my workspace and often I share theirs. Shared life is …

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Discovering woodworking

Its another hand tool school weekend coming up (2-3 April) and the focus is on a range of tasks and skills people desperately need to enhance their knowledge of working wood and knowing how wood works. The whole weekend is all about wood and the stuff of working it into something of real value using your own …

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Another plane story

Car boot (trunk US) sales (bit like a combo garage/flea market or neighborhood garage sale US) are hit-and-miss venues for tool finding, but each week, in about an hour or so, I can find a handfull of good, old tools to restore and use. My apprentice, John Winter, was asking me about a plane in my tool …

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Daffodils ville

I wandered lonely as a CloudThat floats on high o’er vales and Hills,When all at once I saw a crowd,A host, of golden Daffodils;Beside the Lake, beneath the trees,Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the stars that shineAnd twinkle on the milky way,They stretched in never-ending lineAlong the margin of a bay:Ten thousand …

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Treeeeeees

These are trees on my walk to work at the hand tool school. Beech, oak, cherry, ash, walnut, laurel and rhododendron line the road all the way. Limbs drop and culling provides a reasonable supply of small stock and next weekend (2-3 April 2011) we begin our Discovering Woodworking workshop in the best place for …

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