I promised you ten projects for free during the pandemic and I am ploughing through them full steam. It’s been DIY for me all the way except for the edits, which Natalie did, working from home. She made everything come together except any out-of-focus points which even she couldn’t handle. Oh well! I’ll do better!…

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I think it was the most beautiful treasure to me, when George left and went to Loughborough Teacher Training College but handed me a small package. His ambition to teach suddenly had legs and off he went aboard a train and it was my last ever sight of him. There was a sadness to it,…

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Grieving is that truly unique period of readjustment where healing takes place between once having someone or something we valued greatly and then not having what was. It’s the period where the minds of the aware begin a healing process from the withdrawal of something truly valued but lost. In the midst of such traumatic…

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I looked over my tools today. Measured their worth, their weight, their weight to strength ratios, and then the open-handed handshake they have always given me. They’re honest things, the tools I own, transparently so–giving of their best, always, you know! I wondered which politician or economist, media reporter or anchorperson could look at my…

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I think that you will really like this video. It ex-planes why I say the things I do about the bench planes and I would hate for anyone to miss it! Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFItd2yCA7o

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… I said something along the lines that I had been struggling. And I also said that the first three project attempts felt, well, uninspired. Well, now I want to say that I pressed through, found total interest, and then too the excitement I always feel about my making. This, of course, comes only on…

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A new week! Four weeks of disengaging and redefining has caused many exchanges in the way we work (or don’t work) according to both our circumstances and then too our individuality in making life work. Some of it is acceptable to us, by all accounts, I mean some of it is really good and then,…

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It’s a subtle shift I see in wood beneath my plane. Shades between years in times past, where summers came and went and left behind a year’s life recorded in two tones of light and dark, of warmth and the rains that filled the rivers and the soil that bled into them and then into…

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A warp dried in in a prideful twist like a fist clenched in the face to resist another. The long plane rides the swell and clips off stroke-on-stroke all opposition and takes down the proud to a low point. Then comes the haltering of the clip, clip and the faltering stroke that jars the man’s…

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I am not sure how many of us can carry on working when our jobs rely on office buildings remote from our homes, fellow staff and then too machines that anchor us to a workplace of commerce. I am not sure anymore how many of us can actually handle the stresses of home life as…

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