If you’ve seen anything from us then you’ll know it’s not exactly text book stuff.
Our approach comes from a heap of passed down knowledge finely blended with many hours of doing at the bench.
Then there’s the dash of weirdness that my mind adds in.
I like to understand stuff. How it works.
I’m obsessive like that.
But it’s a simpleton’s way of thinking.
I don’t pore over books or know fancy words.
People see hand tools and often think – ‘history’.
For some that makes hand tools irrelevant. Outdated.
To others history becomes the focus.
It’s a drive to replicate and understand how things were done, when they had to be done that way.
My understanding of history doesn’t come from books. So I don’t claim to be a bloody scholar or present you with historic fact here.
I’d say history books can be limiting. Giving you a very tight perspective of subjects that were certainly vastly more varied than the information that made it on to paper.
What I do claim though, is to get the job done.
Ask three or four woodworkers today how they sharpen, or tart up a rough board.
The techniques would probably differ. And it’d be a fair assumption to say a good 80% of techniques in use today wouldn’t be covered.
Probably more like 90%.
So I don’t like to focus on ‘the’ way that things were done.
As though in search of the ultimate and singular answer
I find history far more revealing when you ask the question ‘why’. Rather than insisting on learning ‘how’.
‘How’ always varies.
Maybe it varies a little. Maybe a lot.
But there is always more than one way to skin a cat (as they say).
Considering ‘why’ opens up the box to those endless things that have been forgotten.
Yes… it’s pure speculation.
And you’ll never be rewarded with the certainty that you’ve got it right.
Though I recon you’ll understand your craft all the better for opening up your mind.
Anyway, tomorrow there’ll be a rant (video) for everyone. A few of my thoughts on scruffy old dovetails…