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New YouTube Videos.

New YouTube Videos.

We have a quick announcement today. We’ve been working on this new idea for a while but didn’t want to mention too much on the blog before now as we’ve had an unpredictable last year which has made us conscious of false promises. We know now that things are ready to go, we have the first video all filmed along with the second and the third so we thought it time to give you a … Read entire article »

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More On Buying Hand Tools

More On Buying Hand Tools

Advice on buying hand tools is always an interesting and provocative subject that has the ability to either enlighten or confuse those new to woodworking. On the surface there are many contradictory approaches to planning your first tool kit, dig a little deeper and this becomes tenfold. Ultimately there is no right or wrong and so the only satisfying end … Read entire article »

Observations On A Craftsman (Part One)

Observations On A Craftsman (Part One)

In our previous workshop time had allowed us to create a systematic approach to building workbenches. The fine tuned layout allowed the work to flow like a human driven conveyor belt; from timber entering through the door to passing over machines, and as the wood traveled physically from the front the the back of the workshop it became progressively more … Read entire article »

Which Wood?

Which Wood?

When thinking of a new project to start a question which always needs to be determined is which wood to use. For personal projects the obvious answer for me is often pine, since I usually have some to hand or know it won’t be too expensive if I haven’t. But there’s a familiar feeling which comes with this decision, a … Read entire article »

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I’ve never been one for resolutions but there’s no doubt that today marks a great opportunity to pause and consider what we’ve been doing for the past year, and what may lay ahead. I hate to sound ungrateful, but I’m making a sigh of relief to see the back of 2014. It was a productive year for us and one … Read entire article »

Technical Difficulties

We have gotten over many difficulties this year but are still facing a small battle trying to get our internet connection at the new workshop. We’ve a kind neighbour who has allowed us to sneak access now and then, but as the weather turns ever more dreary the prospect of hovering in the hedge trying to get signal becomes less and less desirable. I wanted to say hi and keep you interested with a few thoughts of what we’re working on. As mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Helen is writing a great article about oil paint which she’s been making for my chair, and I’ve got a post ready on why cross grain planing when … Read entire article »

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 … Read entire article »

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 »