It seems to me a universal problem with hand tools. I don’t really know who owns who these days. I don’t know who’s out there that might have been involved in making these. I do know that they should all be ashamed. No country seems to be exempt from the demise but as it is…

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…or could it be? Think composition and the one-line from a four-line poem that succinctly says a thousand things at once. It’s taken deepness in the processing where the image captured speaks from a handful of words. It’s not a common thing to find such treasure above jewels and precious metals; not one wasted word…

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I have to build another shed, a garden shed. I’m building this one in two parts, Part I is the actual garden tool shed, for tools and compost, plant pots and seed trays; It’s important I be ready for the new gardening season. Part II is a compact lean-to greenhouse for starting my vegetable plants…

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And they do come around quickly, don’t they? I have been interested to share my future with you all for a number of years. My future reflects on the lived life of my past as a woodworker working full time for five and half decades so far. In some ways my past ties in with…

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Dealing with my two natures: So, I watched a worker of smaller and lightweight stature work a plane on wood and then another of larger stature do the same. The one used strategy, different approaches, and the wood was levelled, squared and trued to compliance. The other used weight, muscle and a combined strength to…

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On my way in the darkness, pitch black, my bike lights pierce the overarching tunnel formed by the trees. It’s a mile long, this stretch. In the dark, up ahead, I see two bobbing lights side by side that at first seem like car headlights but then I see that the lights bob alternately and…

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Hard for me to imagine but the latest vlog went up today outlining a few things that matter to me and hopefully to you too. I was never sure if these would be of interest to everyone but they take you down a different avenue of my life and I am so enjoying sharing things…

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Framing, panelling and book-matching embraces the reality that we must have wide expanses of wood and that that expanse must be either free to move ‘float’, or be semi constrained within some kind of frame. Through the centuries we have learned what that takes. We’ve refined the methodology through our understanding or at least acceptance…

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The wood I bought from my friend George is stacked outside the garage workshop in a pile and I have started to work it down to sizeable proportions. Cutting into it I have chestnut, elm and beech slabbed into 1 1/2″, 2″, 3″ and 4″. Before I take it down to working sizes I must…

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Coming to a new year reminds me of the times I’ve had deadlines for customers to enjoy what I made over the holiday season. It has always meant more hard work for me but then the added income was critical too. 2008/9 was the greatest trial in building my designs for the White House. President…

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  • Anthony on Hall Hat, Coat & Shoe StandOh boy, I imagine the trolls will be along shortly with their "purist" rhetoric. Bless you, Paul, for being able to weather those storms. I'm looking forward to projects like this.…
  • Paul Sellers on Diminishing Craft ValueOh, I know there are all kinds of reasons for not encouraging any craft work of any kind and not the least of which is something commonly called 'progress'. It's what's being dismi…
  • Matt Bourland on Diminishing Craft ValueThe issue with schools is that they only have so much time. They focus on what is the comming techno land what they can tech the student to be able to join the work force and get a…
  • nemo on Hall Hat, Coat & Shoe StandTorsion boxes and honeycomb-structures are very common in the aircraft industry. Strong, rigid and light-weight. I've held stair-treads that were made that way in my hand that weig…
  • L.Arthur on Hall Hat, Coat & Shoe StandInterestingly enough, the ‘flat pack’ is not really a new idea. I think it really took hold, at least in the U.S. when a lot of goods began to be shipped all over the country by ra…
  • Joystick on Plywood Workbench AnniversaryHi Rob, My shed is all metal including the pitched roof and I live in Connemara West Coast of Ireland that seems to be damp winter or summer. My solution was to line the inside of…
  • sla on Hall Hat, Coat & Shoe StandIt's lighter with cardboard ..., easier to transport and move, we transported 6 tables in a small car, no problem, easy ..., it will weight much more with particle board. I was imp…