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Out Lives It’s Favour

Out Lives It’s Favour

As woodworkers I’m sure that we all see furniture purchasing in a different light to most. There’s nothing that makes sense less than knowing that people are happy to spend on a rickety flat pack which won’t last two minutes, but can’t justify spending for a solid, well made piece which could last them forever. Where is the foresight? For just a moment I tried to think in favour of the flat pack, and could see only … Read entire article »

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The Settle Chair – The Commode

The Settle Chair – The Commode

With their elegant lines, angles and smooth curves some chairs look wonderful in a room simply as a piece a sculpture. This isn’t one of those chairs. This one is square and very plain, but then that’s what attracted me to it. When I first caught sight of it in a photo it appeared so wrong that I thought it … Read entire article »

Left Handed Woodworking

Left Handed Woodworking

After completing a Little John bench with a left handed set up I was struck by how odd it still appeared to me despite trying to get accustomed to it throughout the build. It made me realise that although we offer to customise our workbenches in this way, I’ve only ever built around four lefties, which is far less percentage wise … Read entire article »

Smoother Restoration

Smoother Restoration

Before I could set my sights on a first little project I was tasked with restoring a couple of my wooden planes, starting with the smoother. My instructions were to take back any grime and residue built up around the plane and then to flatten the back of the iron I set to with some very fine wire wool giving everything … Read entire article »

Around The Corner

Around The Corner

Due to disturbances there have been several things that we’ve worked on and mentioned that were left half done. Now that we’re settled in to our new workshop we’re both feeling reinvigorated and very much excited about picking things back up, finishing them off, and starting anew. Here’s an update on what’s being worked upon and what’s around the corner. The Bench … Read entire article »

The Three Stooges

The Three Stooges

I love a good chair. You really can’t over estimate the need for your own little resting spot; a place to take the weight off, enjoy a good meal, or even detach you from a drab space while you become engrossed in something much more interesting. A chair should be sturdy and dependable but by no means needs to be … Read entire article »

An Unplugged Life

An Unplugged Life

I’m a great fan of the work of Tom Fidgen over on his Unplugged Woodshop blog, particularly because he promotes such enthusiasm for hand tools and combines it with his great talent for design. His work is above all else inspirational and allows us to remember that the process of creating and building is often more important than the result … Read entire article »

Out Of The Woods

Out Of The Woods

So I’m back from the dead… Helen made a good attempt but just didn’t bury me deep enough. Over the last few months we’ve experienced some difficulties that I won’t ramble on about yet, but I will say that after a terrible old journey we’re now out of the woods and couldn’t be happier. I’m baffled as to where all of … Read entire article »

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 … Read entire article »

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 »