My creative workspace

My creative workspace

Just to colour your day and inspire you. Driving in to work this morning my mind races ahead of my day as it usually does. I think of things created and the effects light plays on shape and colour. This morning the sky’s expanse of bright blue reminds me of how incredible the creative world…

Jumma hand plane update

Jumma hand plane update

Your growing interest in the Jumma smoothing plane deserves some inside information. I have put this plane through its paces of late and found it to satisfy my greatest demands. Can I fine a better make anywhere? I don’t think so. This plane equals the best of the rest and researching its background encourages me…

Arts and Crafts find #2

Arts and Crafts find #2

This free-standing wardrobe was lovely too. This had no inlays, but simple carved motifs on either side of the central door. £80 buys a nice chunk f beautiful hardwood to rescue the work of past artisans and rework it into something more useful, perhaps a smaller cupboard or cabinet, using the rest of the wardrobe…

Arts and Crafts find #1

Arts and Crafts find #1

Car boot sales are remarkable places to discover traditional hand tool woodworking and to discover hand tool methods and techniques for creating hand inlays you might not access in antique shops without drawing attention. No one usually bothers at car boots. I found this Arts and Crafts bed quite lovely–creative and inspiring. What do you…

Waterstone wearout

Sharpening stones: honing skill and knowledge Ever thought through the process of using so-called Japanese water stones or waterstones? The principle of fracturing surfaces that create new cutting particles to abrade your steel makes good sense. We all want something that cuts steel fast when it comes to sharpening. Especially if we are in the…

Real Woodworking Campaign

As part of a strategy to rediscover real woodworking, we take a look at some core issues in a vast topic Honing guides for edge tools For some time I have wanted to address sources of misinformation put out by tool makers, magazines and catalogues, to help guide my fellow enthusiasts on their passage through…