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Reconsider, Reconstruct and Renew Your Thinking

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 7:45am

If you don’t believe you can you won’t I am always interested in hearing people discuss issues surrounding furniture making and selling what you make. If you put your cell phones and computers away and stop listening to those who say it can’t be done you will likely do it just fine by just putting […]

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Influences That Affect Your Point of View

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 1:00am

Influence, the word, the resulting action, literally means to ‘flow in’, I suppose suggesting more a gentle ebbing that nudges the shoreline or a steady but easy current influencing another entity, source or supply of one kind or another. Sometimes an influence goes one way and other times it can be more symbiotic but not […]

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Why Ply Wood?

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 12:56pm

Whereas plywood has a long history, and we can trace its roots to past millennia, it’s a material that’s still quite young when you see how long it’s been available as a fully commercial product. It’s also true that beyond the run of the mill manufacturers there are the specialist makers who have established themselves […]

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Nostalgia or No?

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 12:34pm

My working with hand tools has nothing to do with a reluctance toward living in a post modern world; just so you know. I’m just thankful I do, and that I feel to a balanced degree I’ve been able to embrace it. I always like seeing old workshops with wood leaning against rustic walls and […]

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Plywood at the Victoria & Albert—A London First

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 1:38pm

Don’t miss it. Make a trip to the V&A London. You will love it. More than that, there are dozens of other exhibits to broaden your perspective with. Hannah and I had an educational visit planned and this week  it all came together when we explored to exhibits, the Plywood Exhibit and the Furniture Exhibit. …

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And Where Are You From?

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 12:53am

When people come so far this question may well be the ice breaker. I recall when I lived and had my workshop in the castle in Wales how a man came into the workshop and said, “If only you were nearer, I would love to do a class with you.” I asked where he was …

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Who You Are Matters, Everyone!

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 9:45am

A teacher in the Netherlands pulled a blog post I wrote about the beginnings and outcome of following my passion in woodworking here and I am not altogether sure why what I wrote altogether mattered except, well, I got something that matters to me off my chest. It happens all the time that things left unsaid …

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Two Classes Left This Year

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:48pm

On Friday the doors open to the second to the last class of the year. It will be the first day of Autumn and it seems to have started right on cue. Tomorrow I will arrange the benches and the tools and all the wood is cut and ready. The students are coming from Sweden, …

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Picking Out Wood

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 6:08am

Picking out the wood for a project always brings with it surprises. How often do we woodworkers mention to people that we are woodworkers and hear the exclamation, “Oh, I love wood!” My own take on this has changed through the years in that at one time it would have been wood that they loved …

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This Week

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 12:43pm

I am building both the prototype and the first edition bedside nightstand for our next new masterclasses project. This one follows the stepladders and the fly swatter. It’s been a busy enough week with developing the idea and then the construction of both the prototype and building the piece for filming. Hannah went with me …

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Let’s Talk About a Sticky Topic

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 12:50am

Periodically, not too often enough to be overly concerned, someone makes a statement about this or that, types in IMHO and moves on. You know that there is nothing humble about it really, just a comment tossed over the shoulder as they walk away from any kind of accountability for it. “Too much glue!”, one …

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The Perfect Mortise and Tenon System

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 3:41am

Frame Joinery Press Release Over the years, more than two decades now, I’ve been encouraging woodworkers to adopt a method for perfecting tenons using the extraordinary adaptation of an otherwise ordinary hand tool. It’s not new anymore, but in the beginning, back in the late 1980s, it was quite new and not usual in any …

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Past Projects Map Out Progress – Part I

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 1:48am

Spatulas arrayed on the kitchen floor… It starts with a spatula, or something like a whirligig, usually, woodworking with hand tools, I mean; for children. It’s how I started my children working with hand tools in woodworking. You know, you’re three or four years old and your dad’s a furniture maker. You want to be …

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Shrinking and Stretch—Working Out the Subtle Wrinkles and Kinks

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 8:42am

In applying a film finish to a finished piece of woodwork, shrink and stretch are two sides to the same coin. I wanted to show Hannah how a finish shrinks and stretches itself to a surface when you see only brush marks or an unevenness after spraying. Below you see three images but this was …

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An Affair With Wood or a Lifetime’s Commitment?

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 11:19am

I wrote ‘woodworking‘ in the square, right after maths, Eng, Geog and P.E. I wasn’t sure what it meant to me, meant for me, I couldn’t see at all, but the first day in that bench-filled, wood-filled, tool-filled classroom was about to change the course of my school life. I felt it, smelt it, touched …

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Gaining Experience

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 1:04am

Question: Hi Paul, I’ve invested financially and time wise in gaining training for joinery and bench work but need the ongoing experiencer to carry me through to become an experienced craftsman. I have tried to find a place I can work with a qualified craftsman but no one seems willing to take me on, even …

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You’ve Not Seen This Anywhere Before…

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:39pm

…outside of attending my lectures that only happened at two venues this year. Periodically we update our subscribed woodworkers on issues we don’t post elsewhere. Woodworkingmasterclasses.com is our interactive group of woodworkers who love hand tool woodworking and want to master their skills. The audience continually grows ever larger and this has proven the most …

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Mis-placing Your Plane

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 8:29am

Here is a video we put together on misplacing your bench plane. It’s been a struggle but we’re gaining ground. I have learned from the maxim that, whereas practice makes perfect, it also makes permanent, paralleling the maxim that old habits die hard. There is a reality to the fact that we often develop patterns …

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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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