Wednesday, 16 August 2017
I dropped off my boxes prior to the show beginning and as usual was humbled by the wonderful that had arrived already.
The show is on from Saturday 19th August until Monday 28th August and there are 76 makers represented with over 300 pieces on display, so it's a good days visit.
This magnificent burr brown oak table has an unbelievable mechanism for making it smaller and is worth visiting the show on its own, just to see it demonstrated by the maker George Johnson.
Here is the centre of the table in its smaller size, wonderful!
Monday, 14 August 2017
I'm clearing out some old planes, all have faults that would be easy to fix. First up an unhandled Spiers smoother, a good user.
Next a Norris A 71 missing its rear handle.
And lastly a Spiers parallel smoother again a good user
All start at 99p so bargains to be had. Due to the weights I'm afraid it's only postage (or collection) in the UK
Thursday, 10 August 2017
Andrew sent me these pictures of two nice knock down stools he made. He made them for his daughter who travels a lot, then more for his friends and now sells them on Etsy. If you go on there it's amazing the variety on offer, I didn't realise they were so widely used.
Wednesday, 9 August 2017
For our wedding anniversary we treated ourselves to a spa day at the lovely Careys Manor Hotel in the New Forest. One of the sessions we had there was a breathing and meditation class using a small pine meditation stool which gave an very good posture. The class was run by David Passmore who has an excellent website showing the power of breathing, exercise and healthy living http://www.davidpassmore.co.uk/home/4593845225
The pine stools we used were very comfortable but basic, so I decided to make a nicer version in rippled English walnut and oak.
Saturday, 5 August 2017
Joe from the UK sent me these pictures of his latest project a very nice chest of drawers in ash.
The stand is very imaginative with an oriental feel.
Plenty of dovetails!
It's great to see good use of unusual grain and colour, this sort of stuff would be considered seconds in commercial wood yards.
Thursday, 3 August 2017
The latest issue of F&C magazine is out now and I'm on the cover. There is plenty of great content so it's well worth a read.
This box is favourite of mine and uses dovetailed Dominoes at the mitred corners which are very strong and ensure easy and gap free assembly.
There is an excellent article on an old school veneer producer in Paris who produces thicker veneers using an antique saw.
The stock of wood they use is amazing.
Another article on a very skilled carver, Gerald Adams.
Building (very) accurate jigs and shooting boards with Tico Voigt.
A fascinating article by Richard Arnold on 18thC planes.
A round up of the Handworks 2017 show.
And looking forward to the European Woodworking show in September. This is a great show and will be the last, so it's not to be missed!
Saturday, 29 July 2017
Here's a reasonable condition Sjobergs work bench for collection only in the Cheshire area. The machinists vice needs taking off but it's included in the auction. It's not been entered in the right category on E Bay so hasn't had any bids yet. If you get it for anywhere near the £100 starting price you've got a real bargain.
The above bench is very similar although the maker is not listed. It looks in better condition and he will ship anywhere in the UK for £18. The only downside there is plenty of interest. Check out here,