This is what has kept us distracted... We are now the proud owners of this little chunk of rural Lincolnshire. The aerial photo is from around 1978 shows the buildings looking a little rough around the edges and things have only gotten worse since. We've definitely got our work cut out but … [Read more...]
Calm Before The Storm
We wanted to post today simply to rear our ugly heads and say hello! As many of you will have noticed our blog has been extremely quiet (or completely silent?) these last few weeks and we'd like to say a quick 'sorry for not posting' and 'don't worry, everything is fine!'. In fact everything is … [Read more...]
Benches For Christmas
At this time of year it's quite common for us to receive enquiries for a workbench to be built in time for Christmas and that's exactly what I found in my inbox this morning. At present our waiting time for new orders is climbing well in to the new year so unfortunately on our larger workbenches we … [Read more...]
The Perfectionist In Me
If I was ever able to take a woodworking course I'd have to do it with David Charlesworth. That may seem like a bit of a shock given my rather simple and fast paced approach seen in my videos but the truth is I'm a perfectionist at heart. After my apprenticeship the leash was released and I was … [Read more...]
Moving With The Times?
When I was younger I did a stint working on new builds, doing truss roofs with my old man. I learnt a lot through the process; things about wood, things about building, and more than I could hope to know about my Dad. Another thing which I learnt could only be appreciated on reflection... When I … [Read more...]
A Lasting Impression?
Life is like physics; you don't get owt for nowt! And we become so attuned to this that it's no surprise we're septical when something sounds too good to be true. When I published our video on the holdfast and the batten I was confused as to why so many people were shocked to find that it worked. … [Read more...]
A Whale of a Time!
After all the preparation it feels odd today for another EuropeanWoodworking Show to be all over and done with. It's was an exceptionally busy year this year and that combined with my solitary life led to me find myself behind our banner with a good few panic attacks! But of course it's been … [Read more...]
I’m Such An Amateur!
Setting up my hand tool workshop for the filming has been quite a revelation for me as it's allowed me to spend the odd weekend in there feeling a million miles from the rest of the world. Since I've always been woodworking for my living this is a feeling that I've only rarely been able to get a … [Read more...]
Finding The Balance
Richard often gets asked 'what's the best way for sharpening?' and he'll tend to say the best method is the one which works for you. There are countless ways to approach it but so long as you get the result quickly and efficiently then your way's the best. I've come to feel that the same thing can … [Read more...]
Back To The Barns
For a while now we've been making plans and getting ourselves ready for this year's European Woodworking Show. It's only three weeks away and it's at this point each year when we begin to panic; will we really be ready in time? Richard says every year he's going to find time prior to make himself … [Read more...]