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Update on Hannah’s Progress

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 11:56am

Hannah has been working with me since December for a day or two a week and then working in the classes we have too. She has just finished the construction of her home workbench, which she started two weeks ago. This one flows my latest pattern and dismantles for her to transport it as she …

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Disposabilty, the Culture of Uncare and Uncraftsmanship

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 9:55am

Of course you can’t uncare because  ‘uncare’ is not a verb, and generally we use ‘uncaring’ as the typical adjective. But I used uncare to encourage you to think about something that has increasingly troubled me and it ties in I think with the loss of crafts posts I posted on recently. Uncraftsmanship is not …

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No Surprises

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 11:38am

Your responses to the last blog came as no surprise. As people accept the ever more mundane of mass making, skills automatically become dumbed down. Manufacturers that once had loyalty on a more local level have gradually sold out and what we thought was still being made domestically by local skills was hidden behind bland …

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Dying Crafts. What to Do?

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 1:32am

I listened to a BBC Radio 4 programme with a presenter named Jenny Murray talking about 17 crafts on the ‘Red Endangered List’, where certain crafts are in danger of disappearing. Of course we have seen crafts disappear because there was no use for them anymore. John Seymour wrote a book about the Forgotten Crafts …

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Talking of Beauty

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 11:49am

An abandoned wardrobe lay bereft of its doors on a burn pile and I tugged on it to lift one end from the pallets below as if the pallets deserved to be there but the massive wardrobe didn’t. It was pine, only pine! I remember hearing the man say. But I tugged on it anyway, …

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Another 16” saw lives

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 12:42pm

I once found a mid 19th Century Henry Disston handsaw being sold on eBay and bought it. `it’s a lovely saw and my favourite of all. It’s nott a common item and few will own this one particular type. It’s very lovely. My Disston is possessed and owned by me. It’s actually a small saw …

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A Full Month Past But What Memories!

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 1:45pm

In the last month I taught workshops in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel, filmed a new multipart series that fully updates my most current version on building my home woodworking workbench, taught a nine-day workshop here in the UK (just completed) and indeed kept up with the day to day of keeping all of the …

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Suggested Saw Makers

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 12:12pm

One or two of you have suggested I consider looking at some different makers of the age, those who are investing time and effort to develop new handsaws. Thank you for your input. Well, I do like what you suggested and the saws do look nice and well made so, great, maybe something is yet …

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Just Some Thoughts Surrounding Saws

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 12:28pm

I bought a panel saw on eBay just recently. The plate steel it’s made from is quite thin for a western saw, but it’s thin on two counts; through maker design first, and then long-term wear. And it’s plate tapers too, like the more modern taper-ground saws of the 1900s, but this one tapers by …

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Poor-man’s Saw Tooth Setter (tutorial and video)

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 2:13am

In a fix recently a small toothed dovetail saw needed setting before I could use it and I had no access to the usual nail punch (set USA) I use. I looked high and low for an alternative possibility but found nothing remotely suitable until I found a 2″ long wood screw. Perhaps, I thought …

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In the Morning New Beginnings

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 12:20pm

In the morning they arrive and we will be together for nine days. For some it is all new. For some a new career path will begin. We will all be excited and wide eyed. In my mind I will be unlocking doors into the lives of people I may have never met or met only …

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Your Tenon Tightening Technologies

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 11:33am

Tenons can simply be glued. We do it all the time and gluing them lasts just fine. Mostly we rely on clamps to seat shoulder lines and and keep the two parts married until the glue dries. When this has taken place it is unlikely you will ever be able to part the union without …

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Which Bench Plane?

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 3:59am

I use a variety of hand planes, bench planes actually, in the day to day of making, writing and filming because on the one hand I want to use what people can get hold of and afford at a reasonable price and I tend feel a little nauseous when snobbism displaces proven technologies that worked …

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Beyond Noise—Silence

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 8:26am

In the noises of my working I find silences that still any disquiet in my soul. The mallet of wood strikes wood and something inside me seems able to find the things that resonate in a kind of private silence. The striking blows become measured pulse beats that sever away the unwanted waste that tumbles …

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Mags Often Misrepresent Safe Practice

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 6:52am

Is Image More Important Than Safety? I thumbed through  recent issues of wood mags and though I have known it for years, I thought it might be good to tackle the giant issue surrounding machine safety as some woodworking magazines don’t always project the right image. In fact some give the impression that no safeguards or …

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People Working Wood

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 3:22am

Wednesday 21st June 2017 So, there I was in Israel. It’s cool and rain fell. That never happens in June, every one said at once in English. A full class of people smiling and welcoming one another and me. There was as usual that heightened sense of enthusiasm that permeates the whole atmosphere before classes …

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Disseminating Those Anonymous English Master Makers

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 11:55am

Two doors bereft of the cupboard they once belonged to lay askew on a burn pile. Disposal takes many forms for many reasons, but one man’s discard often thrives in another’s. Whereas some can’t be bothered, others don’t know the value or whether indeed anyone might want the discard. Time too might be the issue …

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The Classic Look of Routed Dovetails. Oops, Meant Hand-cut!!!

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 9:26am

I recently posted about the advert where a jig maker, Leigh Industries, used a phrase that said, “The Classic Look of Hand-cut Dovetails”, which I thought seemed somewhat deceptive but there again, this is the age of fake news so why expect more of the advertising media? It seems all the more that everyone assents …

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In Search of Loveliness

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 2:28pm

Wednesday 14 June 2017 Journal Entry I’ve spent over 50 years living with beauty. It’s not the stuff taught in schools by schools but it is learned mostly by seeing it in contrast with the unlovely. Unloveliness is the stuff local authorities and standardisation of things put together by government produces where utilitarianism dominates and …

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Handwork Brings Order in Work-life

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 6:48am

Saturday 3rd June 2017 Journal Entry I learn all the more that craft is never developed by a random act or effort but the careful choices in all things pertinent to creativity in the how of how I work. The placing and then placement of material, the placing of the appropriate tool in the appropriate …

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