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.

VM Chair Project V

VM Chair Project V

Posted by on Mar 22, 2015 in Blog | One Comment

With all the jointing and shaping finished I glue up and apply the soap finish to the VM chair

The VM Chair Making Project IV

The VM Chair Making Project IV

Posted by on Mar 14, 2015 in Blog | No Comments

Having completed the fitting and shaping for the crest rail as described in my previous blog on the VM chair the main jobs left were the fitting and shaping of the arms and the back splats. If you like what you’ve read or know someone who would,please help me spread the word by using the […]

The new router skills course – lessons learned.

The new router skills course – lessons learned.

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Blog, Uncategorized | No Comments

A couple of weeks ago I taught for the first time my new router skills course, it went well, no one routed their fingers off! If you like what you’ve read or know someone who would,please help me spread the word by using the buttons belowThankyou, Chris. 

The VM Chair Making Project III

The VM Chair Making Project III

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in Blog | 2 Comments

As I said in my previous blog I found the shaping of the chair parts to be more complex than the jointing. A lot of the subtlety of the chair comes from the play of light on various curves and facets. The flow of the grain on the crest rail is also important. If you […]

The VM Chair Making Project Part II

The VM Chair Making Project Part II

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Blog | One Comment

The Vidar Chair Project has progressed well since my last blog about it. There have been a number of interruptions; a couple of courses and  Christmas and I also broke off to start work on a new version of Grid IV with Christine Meyer-Eaglestone. However all the jointing is complete, I am now working on […]

The VM Chair Making Project.

The VM Chair Making Project.

Posted by on Dec 6, 2014 in Blog | One Comment

Some time ago I was shown some pictures of a chair made by Vidar Malmsten back in the early 70’s. The chair has a minimalist elegance with a strong touch of Chippendale about it. Vidar Malmsten was a friend of James Krenov, a Swedish furniture maker and teacher who has an almost god like status amongst […]

A new hand made dovetail saw.

A new hand made dovetail saw.

Posted by on Nov 29, 2014 in Blog | No Comments

At the recent Northern Woodworking and Power Tool show in Harrogate Shane Skelton of Skelton Saws came to my stand to show me his new dovetail saw. Shane has taken the bold step of setting up as the only handmade saw maker in the UK, challenging the US dominance in the market.  I must say […]

Elegant solutions are the best.

Elegant solutions are the best.

Posted by on Nov 2, 2014 in Blog | No Comments

They say that the simplest solutions are the best. This was brought home to me when gluing up the legs on the table mentioned in my previous blog. The legs were a complex shape, curving in towards the centre. I thought I would be able to clamp up just using clamps positioned vertically. On the […]

Creating a new course – router skills

Creating a new course – router skills

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Blog | 2 Comments

I’ve been working on developing a new course this week. On various of my courses we use a router for particular tasks, but I don’t have a course specifically devoted to routing techniques. Many students have said that they have a router but are not confident in using it, so I have decided to introduce […]

Thinking about chairs

Thinking about chairs

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Blog | 2 Comments

  I’ve been thinking about chairs a lot recently. This is partly because I am developing a course based around making a copy of a chair designed by the Swedish furniture maker Vidar Malmstein. The design is similar to a traditional jointed chair; one could almost say it’s a Swedish minimal take on Chippendale. The […]

March of the Makers

March of the Makers

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Blog | No Comments

The ‘March of the Makers’: I don’t know whether you remember this term, coined by the esteemed George Osborne in his 2011 budget speech.  His idea wasn’t new – that ‘Made in Britain’ and ‘Designed in Britain’ are phrases that should ‘drive our nation forward’.  Not world-shattering perhaps, but his use of the word ‘makers’ […]

What we do on a bench making course.

What we do on a bench making course.

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 in Blog, News and Events | No Comments

If you like what you’ve read or know someone who would,please help me spread the word by using the buttons belowThankyou, Chris. 

Refurbishing a plane for Africa

Refurbishing a plane for Africa

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Blog | No Comments

On my tool sharpening & maintenance course and beginners woodwork four day course we spend some time refurbishing planes. Often students come on the course without a plane to fettle, to cater for them I usually buy planes on ebay. On my last beginners course I ran out of ebay planes, so there was no […]

On furniture and central heating

On furniture and central heating

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Blog | No Comments

Sitting at home on our first really dark evening, with the central heating on, makes me think it’s a good time to write about why your solid wood furniture doesn’t like central heating ! The wood in your solid wood furniture is, clearly, no longer alive, but it retains many of the properties of the […]

Waste not, want not.

Posted by on Oct 13, 2013 in Blog | No Comments

Wood working inevitably involves some waste. At the start of a project I calculate the timber required for the job then add an allowance for wastage.   Often, depending on species, this allowance will be over 50%.  Surely you can be less wasteful than that I hear you cry!  However when you look at the waste […]

Ilkley Art Trail

Ilkley Art Trail

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in Blog | No Comments

Time to tidy up the workshop for the Art Trail

Special Tuition this Summer

Special Tuition this Summer

Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 in Blog | No Comments

In July and August I like to stop my regular courses and invite people into my workshop for some special woodwork tuition. The aim is to give people of varying abilities the chance to work on a particular project or skill which cannot be catered for in my usual courses. This usually makes for some […]

The Lone Twin Boat Project

The Lone Twin Boat Project

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in Blog | No Comments

An annoying email from Amazon the other day led to an interesting discovery – The Lone Twin Boat project . The idea was dreamt up by the Lone Twin theatre company as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.  The plan was to ask people to donate pieces of wood, or things made from wood, […]