Selling My Drawings

Selling My Drawings

Drawing is very much a part of my life be that technical drawing with straight lines or freeform sketching to copy what I see. As a child, my drawings were just for me. Birds and animals came from my graphite tips where I copied images from books on rainy days. When I started working with…

I’m On It!

I’m On It!

On the 19th of June this year I picked up a few extra lengths of very nice European oak for my upcoming project which was a chest of drawers. Thank you, Europe. So glad we are a part of you still; no matter the Eurocrats and politics of it, the eye cannot say to the…

Relaxing Gets You There . . .

Relaxing Gets You There . . .

. . . better, more comfortably and more steadily! The beefy, muscled arms bulb up into massive balloons and the knuckles whiten the more stroke on stroke. The rest of the body as a whole locks on and tightens up, tuning in to the intent of a forced compliance to power through with the strokes…

I Review

I Review

I love the first views of each of the videos we make. I review them just to check for any glaring errors I might make but then too for faults that might be somehow out of sequence. I also want to ensure our videographers are supported fully and have confidence in their concluding each of…

Just a Dovetail Joint

Just a Dovetail Joint

If I can cut a gap-free six-dovetail corner to a drawer in 20 minutes it’s because I am not rushing it. It’s also because of the practised structure of my making, the sharpness of my tools that are sharpened before they become in any way consciously dull and because the tools I use are customised…

At a Price

At a Price

It was setting up the plough plane to cut the grooves that really struck me the most. I had timed myself in cutting the four corner dovetails and realised how quickly they came off the saw. I made two eight-inch deep drawers with dovetailed top to bottom to each of the corners in less than…

Resolve

Resolve

Resolve is something of an odd word. Generally, we use it in showing determination to overcome opposition of one kind or another be that with a resolution to kickstart each new year, win a game or take on a difficult situation that we feel cannot continue. But it’s a word with many applications and that’s…

Remarkable Things

Remarkable Things

This week I milled my wood from roughsawn oak and some poplar too to make a chest of drawers. Oak is my primary wood and poplar the secondary. The drawer insides don’t need oak, poplar is lighter in weight and for bedroom drawers it will last well enough. I planned out the chest on paper…

Peer Reviews . . .

Peer Reviews . . .

. . . Or Peer Pressures? Some time ago I went to the trouble of creating a short and creative video to show (prove) that taking a couple of simple steps could upgrade an inexpensive but well-made saw to parallel that of premium saws costing six to seven times more. Buying some saws, even from…

A Quick Truing Strategy

A Quick Truing Strategy

With so much of my work being planed and trued by hand I use something of a simple strategy that really works well and especially with the short lengths we generally use in furniture making. Though of course we have long lengths for bedsides, head boards, tabletops and wardrobes but the rails and stiles, frames…