June 29, 2014
Two projects that left the workshop in the last week from extreme ends of my woodworking spectrum: A whisky stand and some cabinets.
November 16, 2013
If you've never heard of Minecraft then this may not mean anything to you. But let me tell you...this is the ideal weapon to save yourself from the zombie apocalypse.
March 30, 2013
I am a ditherer. That might seem surprising for someone who appears to get a lot done, but I endlessly analyse decisions about the smallest details of a project. Sometimes the things I spend hours considering aren’t even visible in the finished piece. I make sketches, produce 3D CAD models, discuss things with friends, build […]
March 18, 2013
"An antipasti plank you say? I've got a big piece of oak. How big do you want it?"
September 13, 2012
I decided to make use of my new spindle moulder on this box for a friends upcoming wedding gift. The box sides are joined with hand cut dovetails, which people seem to like and should create something that will last for generations.
March 11, 2012
When you’re someone who’s into woodwork and construction type activities its natural to apply those things to your living environment. This means that people like me often choose to refurbish or build their own houses rather than pay someone else to do it. Makes perfect sense, right? Except this means that you actually spend most […]
October 8, 2011
Working with tools is great, but making tools themselves takes the craft and the resulting satisfaction to another level. Over the years I’ve made a variety of hand tools; it’s something I allow myself as a little treat in between the projects that really need doing. On this occasion the tool is a flush plane, […]
September 4, 2011
Two weeks ago I’d never even heard of a Cajón. Since then I’ve researched them, made one and watched it played in a live gig; it’s been quite the fortnight. Cajón is the Spanish word for ‘box’, which I’ll grant you seems exactly the right name for it, as at first glance it is indeed […]
June 25, 2011
As the years pass, I become increasingly particular about how I like certain things to be. Some call this fussy, but provided you can stay on the right side of becoming OCD I think it’s probably OK. Coffee is something I have some quite specific requirements on. I should say this is not in a kind […]
April 29, 2011
The bunting is out across the country. Well, across George’s tree platform anyway. It may not be red, white and blue for the Royal Wedding, but it seems a fitting thing to post about today. I fancied some wooden bunting for various events we will be attending during the Summer to publicise etc. magazine so […]
November 6, 2010
We have a new bookcase. Hello bookcase, nice to meet you. You fit that space very well. I like the way you carry those books too, very fetching. Much better than them being all over the floor. I won’t have to hoover round them now. What’s that you say? Ed made you…in his workshop? Yes, […]
September 21, 2010
Today’s post is about someone who made something for me. Through the wonderful world of Twitter I recently came across Jacqui from Print for Love of Wood. I love Jacqui’s work and have spent a good while leafing through her Flickr photos of antique letterpress machines and wood letters. I have a fascination for print, and although […]
May 18, 2010
Ed designed and made this table for our dining room a few years ago. We’d looked around a while for a ‘console’ style table but just couldn’t find one that was right, so he set about making it himself. It was featured in Furniture and Cabinetmaking magazine who asked him to write an article about […]
March 17, 2010
Here’s an update on the things we have been making this week. As chance would have it all the things we have made have a green theme which is kind of relevant with it being Saint Patrick’s Day today. I had a couple of egg whites to spare so I made my first attempt at […]
November 21, 2009
Georges school play is currently in rehearsal and is based in Tudor times. Understandably, the plot contains plenty of beheadings and I was asked to provide the required equipment…what can I say? – the people know me! Actually I was originally asked for a guillotine, but after steering things back to the right country we […]
October 11, 2009
No its not Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Rembrandt or Eddie Van Halen; a dutchman is also a timber patch to cover a defect. In our much used kitchen (installed by the previous owners of the house) the worktop had been varnished, which has trapped moisture and led to some small areas starting to break down; When […]