Open day at British Hardwoods 28th September.

Open day at British Hardwoods 28th September.

Posted on Sep 6, 2019 in Blog | No Comments
British Hardwoods will be having an open day on 26th September.

Back to plan A.

Posted on Jul 31, 2019 in Blog | No Comments

In my last blog I announced that Jonathan Greenwood would be taking over my courses when I retire in March. Unfortunately Jonathan has decided not to proceed with this after all. This is quite disappointing as I have seen while he has been shadowing me that he is an excellent teacher who I would have trusted to maintain the high standard that I have developed for the courses over the years.

So it’s back to plan A, finding a community workshop that would be interested in taking tools and benches when I wind up the workshop. I will also be holding a closing down sale to clear a lot of the odds and ends one accumulates in over thirty years of woodworking. I will announce the date in a subsequent blog and also in my newsletter.

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The return of the Thursday evening class

Posted on Jun 16, 2019 in News and Events | No Comments

I stopped running my class on Thursday evenings  about two years ago. I think it was sorely missed because students have asked occasionally if I have any plans to restart it. Well, I have some good news. Jonathan Greenwood, who will be running my courses and classes from next April, has agreed to teach a class on Thursday evenings from 8th August.

The class, which will be from 6.30 to 9.00, will be aimed primarily for beginners, so the first ten week session will cover most of the basic woodworking skills and will be based around making a simple project. For more information or to book please go to the woodwork evening class page.

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Dovetailing weekend 20-21st July 10% disount

Posted on Jun 16, 2019 in News and Events | No Comments

The dovetailing weekend is designed for those with some woodworking skills, perhaps from another course, who want to include dovetails in their repetoire. The fee is reduced by £26 from £260 to £234. For more information and to book please go to the course page .

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New tutor for Chris Tribe Furniture courses.

New tutor for Chris Tribe Furniture courses.

Posted on Jun 11, 2019 in Blog | No Comments
Jonathan Greenwood, late of Leeds Arts University, is to take over the running of Chris Tribe Furniture courses when Chris retires in March 2020.
New donation to Kids Club Kampala.

New donation to Kids Club Kampala.

Posted on Jun 7, 2019 in Blog, News and Events | No Comments
Students on Chris Tribe Furniture courses donate thousands to help the children and woodworkers of Kampala's slums
Brilliant service from Workshop Heaven

Brilliant service from Workshop Heaven

Posted on Nov 19, 2018 in Blog, Uncategorized | No Comments
It's a while since I posted a blog but I am so impressed by the generosity of Matthew Platt at Workshop Heaven that I have decided to break my silence!
How to veneer a quartered burr panel

How to veneer a quartered burr panel

Posted on Apr 25, 2018 in Videos for Beginners | No Comments
#5 in the series: 'Notes for the home woodworker'. Learn to veneer a quartered burr panel. Patch the veneer and joint using a shooting board. Find out why a mirror is a very handy tool.
Why face side and face edges are so important in woodwork

Why face side and face edges are so important in woodwork

Posted on Mar 14, 2018 in Video, Videos for Beginners | No Comments
#4 in the series: 'Notes for the home woodworker'. One of the most important learning points for good and great woodwork. Establishing good face side and face edges and sound notation are vital to good work, here I explain why.
What to look for when buying second hand woodwork planes

What to look for when buying second hand woodwork planes

Posted on Mar 11, 2018 in Video, Videos for Beginners | No Comments
#3 in the series: 'Notes for the home woodworker'. Guide to buying a good woodwork plane on Ebay or elsewhere and avoid the turkeys.
All about the Bailey pattern woodworking plane – taking apart and reassembly

All about the Bailey pattern woodworking plane – taking apart and reassembly

Posted on Mar 7, 2018 in Video, Videos for Beginners | No Comments
#2 in the series 'Notes for the home woodworker' Understanding how a woodwork plane (my favourite hand tool) really works will help you to set your planes up correctly and use the right plane in the right way to get the best results in your home woodworking.
Woodwork toolkit for the beginner

Woodwork toolkit for the beginner

Posted on Mar 6, 2018 in Video, Videos for Beginners | No Comments
#1 in the series: 'Notes for the home woodworker'. Video describing the recommended woodwork hand tool kit for the beginner wanting to go beyond DIY. This is the first video in my new video series 'Notes for the home woodworker' which is aimed at the beginner and less experienced woodworker.
Teaching the first course at the British hardwoods School of Woodwork.

Teaching the first course at the British hardwoods School of Woodwork.

Posted on Jan 20, 2018 in Blog | No Comments
I teach the first course at the British Hardwoods School of Woodwork.
Sam and Mike’s chairs

Sam and Mike’s chairs

Posted on Sep 1, 2017 in Student Gallery | No Comments
A look at how two students on last years chair making course have developed their skills.
Afifa’s coffee table

Afifa’s coffee table

Posted on Sep 1, 2017 in Student Gallery | No Comments
Afiifa has been coming to my evening classes for about eighteen months. She made a good job of this oak and smoked glass coffee table. The mitring of the leg corners and fitting ot the undershelf required precise work which she enjoys.
Friedel’s book cases

Friedel’s book cases

Posted on Sep 1, 2017 in Student Gallery | No Comments
Friedel has become something of a book case expert since starting my evening classes. His work presents a bit of a challenge in the class setting because it is so large. His recent book case was approximately 3 metres square. He has a good eye for mixing styles using elements both old and new and has pulled it off in both these pieces.
The knights of the round tables.

The knights of the round tables.

Posted on Sep 1, 2017 in Blog | No Comments
A look at a recent router skills course where students made circular occasional tables using the router to it's fullest extent.
First batch of woodworking tools sent to Kids Club Kampala

First batch of woodworking tools sent to Kids Club Kampala

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 in Blog | No Comments
The first batch of tools have been despatched to Kids Club Kampala.
Teaching at British Hardwoods

Teaching at British Hardwoods

Posted on Jul 26, 2017 in Blog | No Comments
Next year I will be teaching my basic skills courses at the new teaching workshop at British Hardwoods near Skipton.
Course Bookings Now Support The Kids Club Kampala Charity

Course Bookings Now Support The Kids Club Kampala Charity

Posted on Jul 4, 2017 in Blog | No Comments
I have been interested in development issues for over 40 years. As a professional woodworker I have a special interest in the problems of craft workers in the developing world and the difficulty in accessing good quality tools.