Last week we went away to see family for a few days which is always good for reminding you just how important family are. It also meant that I got to sleep in a proper bed and had running water for a short time – what a luxury. I even got to go in a sauna and almost killed that lovely family in the process.
The time away also gave me plenty of chance to reflect on the decisions we’ve made of late and think about the future. It also felt strange not having sharpening as part of my routine (it’s funny what gets you).
The comments received on our recent post were overwhelmingly supportive and we’re incredibly thankful. I noted a lot of times people suggesting that our decision to stop building workbenches is brave and this was odd to read. We don’t see it at all like that ourselves but given time to reflect and take a step back I can realise that when so much of life can be about working nine until five, then our choices would have to come across as either brave or stupid, so perhaps the polite wording was used.
I have big ups and big downs like a lot of people and when you’re not driven by money or a desire to buy all manner of material things then I need my craft to be my cure when things feel on the lower side. My tools and skills are all I have and all I need despite the fact that I’m sleeping in a hammock. In fact I find the less I have the happier I am, so you can shove that BMW right up your arse!
We’ve received a lot of questions over the past week or so, and I thought it’d be worth addressing the main ones here.
Have you stopped taking orders for workbenches? – Yes. Maguire Workbenches is closing in it’s current form and we will not be taking on any more orders. We do have loose plans to re-open the business in a different form down the line, but this is going to take time.
Will you still be selling your vices? – Yes. We will continue to sell our traditional wooden vice screws and our wagon vices until further notice. Please email if you would like details – Richard@theenglishwoodworker.com
Is the blog closing? DEFINATELY NOT! Presently the workbenches take up 12 hours of my day every day and we still manage to produce this website. Imagine if I had some of that 12 hours back.
Are you going full time on the blog and videos? Yes and No. I’m going back to doing a lot more furniture making which will ultimately feed the blog with content. This website will be given a considerable amount more attention so we hope you’ll notice a considerable improvement. I’ve a post on this soon.
What and When is the Next Premium Video Series? This question we’ll be answering shortly.
Actually I made all those questions up but it covers the general gist of what we’ve been getting asked.
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