Dovetailing and drawer fitting – 2-6th October –  Reduced by 10%.

Dovetailing and drawer fitting – 2-6th October – Reduced by 10%.

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Blog, Discounts, News and Events | No Comments

This course is a chance to refine your dovetailing techniques and learn to make piston fit drawers, the sort that push the other drawers out as you close them.

The knights of the round tables.

The knights of the round tables.

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Blog | No Comments

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First batch of woodworking tools sent to Kids Club Kampala

First batch of woodworking tools sent to Kids Club Kampala

Posted by 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 by 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 by 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.

British Hardwoods go back to their roots.

British Hardwoods go back to their roots.

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Blog | No Comments

Regular visitors to British Hardwoods will have noticed a new buzz at their depot in Crosshills. The car park is filling with tree trunks and there appears to be a large container parked outside.

Mike’s saw sharpening

Mike’s saw sharpening

Posted by on May 13, 2017 in Blog, Student Gallery | No Comments

Mike has attended a number of my courses, in April he came on the Saw Sharpening course which is taught by the saw maker Shane Skelton of Skelton Saws. Mike recently emailed me with an update on his saw sharpening activities. It just shows what you can do after some of Shanes expert tuition, so […]

Hat’s off to Duffields

Hat’s off to Duffields

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Blog | No Comments

Excellent service from Duffields.

Figure And Grain

Figure And Grain

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Blog | No Comments

Understanding grain direction is important as it influences the quality of cut, especially from edge tools (chisels and planes), but it is easy to confuse figure with grain.

Workshop made grinding tool rest.

Workshop made grinding tool rest.

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Articles, Blog, Newsletter articles | No Comments

Often the tool rests on grinders are inadequate for the job, some alternative is required. If most of your grinding is around the standard angle of 25 degrees its a fairly simple job to make a good rigid rest in the workshop.

Waiting for Duffields

Waiting for Duffields

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 in Blog, Uncategorized | No Comments

At this moment I am sitting here waiting for a delivery of timber from Duffields Timber. I’ve actually been waiting over a week now!

Big tables, small tables and chairs

Big tables, small tables and chairs

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Blog | No Comments

Last week was a varied and busy week in my workshop. I taught a wide rang of skills from basic planing and sawing through to the zenith of the furniture making craft chair making. There was also some heavy lifting involved.

Duffields to open a new hobby friendly wood shop in Yorkshire

Duffields to open a new hobby friendly wood shop in Yorkshire

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Blog | 2 Comments

Since the demise of John Boddy’s I have been asked many times where the leisure woodworker can buy timber. Duffields Timber are opening a new retail centre that will cater for this sector.

Woodwork in Malawi

Woodwork in Malawi

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Blog, Uncategorized | No Comments

I report back on a recent trip to teach in Malawi, especially about the problems local craftspeople have with acquiring the tools of their trade.

Chair making –  the finale.

Chair making – the finale.

Posted by on Nov 8, 2015 in Blog | No Comments

The final part of the chair making course saga with pictures and feedback from the students.

Searching for Hens Teeth

Searching for Hens Teeth

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Blog | 2 Comments

It seems that nowadays finding good, sap free, American walnut it a bit like looking for the proverbial hens teeth. As I need some for my router skills course I have had to do a bit of searching. This has prompted me to ask why is it so hard to come by?

The chair making course – really motoring now!

The chair making course – really motoring now!

Posted by on Sep 27, 2015 in Blog | No Comments

The chair making course has been running for about four weeks now and we are building to a climax! All the jointing has been done, there is some final shaping and fitting to be completed before glue up and soap finish application. The next session at the workshop will see us finish the chairs by weaving the Danish cord seat.

Metric and Imperial

Metric and Imperial

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in Blog | 3 Comments

I work in metric on all my woodworking projects. But now find that I need to convert to imperial for US woodworkers. Quite frustrating.

Ebay Plane Problems.

Ebay Plane Problems.

Posted by on Jun 27, 2015 in Blog | No Comments

Recently a few planes I have bought on Ebay have arrived damaged. Here’s a bit of advice for Ebay buyer and sellers.

VM Chair Project VI

VM Chair Project VI

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Blog | No Comments

The final task in the VM chair making project is to weave the Danish cord seat.