by | Jul 17, 2013 | 12 comments

Today we finally set up our Facebook page. It’s been a long time coming, but then I think that must be because I’m missing a gene or two… can’t think why else I’d be finding it such a struggle to understand! I Still haven’t quite got my head around it but I’m sure I’ll learn as I go.

You may notice over the coming weeks that they are a few small changes to the blog as we try to integrate YouTube, Facebook and all the other social things. Follow this link through to our Facebook page to take a look, as you’ll see Helen left me for dead in the photo… pretty odd pose! Anyway if you notice any strange happenings on here then you’ll know why.

If Facebook is you’re thing then we hope you’ll enjoy following along. We’ll add plenty of extra snippets so you can see what we’re getting up to and we have to ask, please don’t forget to Like our page!


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As a professional hand tool woodworker, Richard found hand tools to be the far more efficient solution for a one man workshop. Richard runs 'The English Woodworker' as an online resource and video education for those looking for a fuss free approach to building fine furniture by hand. Learn More About Richard & The English Woodworker.


  1. Ken

    Good luck with that one Richard, not for me buddy. I have no time for those type of sites, a great deal of people do though. Frightening mate Frightening. 😉

  2. Mark

    I’m with Ken. What is the point of Facebook?
    Good luck with it though. If it encourages some of the more ‘with it’ types out there to get into making shavings then it’s all good.

  3. Simone

    Not for me either.

    What’s left for shop after spending all the time on FB, Twitter, Youtube, websites, blogs, and books and magazines (not to mention DVDs or TV (woodworking episodes))?

    I know of some woodworkers who hardly produce anything (they do complain their lives are too busy with work, family, etc.) but spend a lot of time chatting in woodworking forums.

  4. Dave

    Facebook NO, this site YES. See above comments for my reasons

  5. Paul Chapman

    I have a look at Facebook occasionally (I even have my own page) but it seems all over the place – too complicated to bother with. This blog, on the other hand, is delightfully simple and straight forward and currently one of the best sites on the internet.

    • Ken

      Agreed 🙂

  6. John

    I can see the points the others above have made and they are, indeed, valid points. However, I can also see the other side of the coin. If any business in today’s world is going to tap into the younger market, going where they are congregating just makes sense. It doesn’t mean that one has to spend an inordinate amount of time on FB.

    From what I’ve seen other businesses do is post a portion of their blog on FB and provide a link to the actual blog where the article can be read in full. If I go on FB and “like” The English Woodworker’s page, then all my friends can see that also. Perhaps then one of my friends “like” the posts and subscribes, which in turn increases the sphere of exposure. Just by getting 10 or 20 people to like your FB page gets you exposure to hundreds of people you wouldn’t normally reach…that’s quite powerful, and all Richard has to do is post one article (or a snippet thereof) per week to get that exposure.

    I personally agree that most of FB is a waste of time, and therefore spend little time on it. I use it mostly to keep up with family and friends, but actually spend very little time there. But when I can help a business I deem worthy to spread their message around, I’ll certainly do my part.

    • Ken

      Some good and very valid points John, nice post 🙂

  7. Sue

    I was reluctant to use Facebook at first – and it is true these days you can spend more time on the internet than in the workshop BUT – i actually really enjoy the way facebook can be used to keep you informed and I welcome the move – no doubt it brings in a new audience too. I notice you’ve got a pretty good number of likes already! Really enjoy the blog and website and I look forward to following you on Facebook!

  8. Simone

    Like using hand tools vs power tools, I think there are always two sides to a story, or in this case, the different tools in the Internet. As a means to widen the reach to other people, I think FB is a useful tool. Many businesses are doing it. It all boils down to what each of us wants or prefers as an individual.

    None of my family (including a young adult member)has any FB account and we choose to “dislike” it and it doesn’t mean FB is a bad thing. As long as bloggers don’t use FB as the sole means of sharing and getting rid of their blogs, we all should be happy. (It’s like having both cell phone and a landline, instead of giving up one of them. :-))

  9. Richard

    It sounds like were all on the same wavelength! I’ve stayed well clear of Facebook till now for many of the reasons mentioned here but I’ve had to take note of advice and we’re hoping it will be a good thing for the business and for sharing the blog with a wider audience. The important thing is that the blog posts won’t be affected so if anything it should help us to grow.

    • Ken

      If Its good for this place, and good for business, you have to give it a go Richard. Its just personal with me I don’t like those kind of sites.

      Rock n roll buddy 😉


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