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Tool Haul

Tool Haul

All I’m missing now are a few chisels, apparently. I had expected Richard to find me a little saw, and perhaps a plane to show willing. But between conversations at Mr Arnold’s recent charity sale, he filtered through boxes and tables and kept adding to his stash. By the end of the day a substantial pile of tools had accumulated, and you’d be forgiven for thinking they’d been pulled out at random, but he’d actually been very … Read entire article »

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Grab A Bargain

Grab A Bargain

Our Offering to Richard Arnold’s charity sale, was a box full of wooden screws. Each had found itself in our seconds pile over the last year or so, and had some minor defect, though most were difficult to spot even on close inspection. They all worked perfectly but were unsuitable for sale. We brought them along so people could grab a wooden screw for … Read entire article »

Stepping Up

Stepping Up

I promised myself this year, I would find time to learn how to make things from wood. It’s been hectic, but I’ve managed to get myself addicted to picking up Richard’s tools and making a few shavings and saw cuts. The only thing I have successfully made so far is a large wooden composting box. I cobbled this together from waste … Read entire article »

A Nice Day Out

A Nice Day Out

We had a very welcomed change of scene this Sunday, when we popped down to Leicestershire for a lovely small woodworking event. Richard ‘Monopod’ Arnold and his partner Kate, had devoted much of their time to making arrangements for the day, which was a great social get together for talking woodwork and fondling many tools. Better still, all money handed … Read entire article »

Barn Video

Barn Video

As promised, a quick look around our barns… … Read entire article »

New Found Respect

New Found Respect

As I’m writing this its two o’clock in the morning. I’m not having difficulty with sleeping or anything like that, it’s just a new routine that we’ve temporarily trying out. Sensitivity to the fumes in our workshop, means that standard hours are out of the question for Richard at the moment. We’re really trying to get this sorted, but in the … Read entire article »

Allergic To Work

Allergic To Work

When you wake up in the fire wood pile with a nose bleed you know that something is going to have to give. I’d been having migraines for a little while which was odd as headaches are not something I’ve ever suffered with, and I’m rubbish at putting up with it. I’m not one to moan about feeling ill though and … Read entire article »

Learning to Saw

Learning to Saw

Seeing all the variety of work that Richard does I had almost certainly overlooked the technicalities of simply sawing to a line. I’ve been pottering now and then as mentioned in my post earlier this year and I’d finally found the time this past weekend and persuaded Richard to put a bit of thought in to teaching me something properly. I have several … Read entire article »

Having Your Say

Having Your Say

It’s just a quick one today as I wanted to bring up the matter of comments on our blog. It’s always been a great incentive to write knowing that people are adding their own bit and I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who joins in. Your comments have become an important part of the blog for … Read entire article »

Water Stones are Crap…

Water Stones are Crap…

…yep, they are nothing but a pain in the arse. In constant need of maintenance, they are soft and messy. Most of the time that really is how I feel, but before I send you in to a raging protest please let me give a few more details. There are certain topics in woodworking that can often be seen up for debate … Read entire article »