Category Archives: Handtools

How to articulate your block

‘So what is it?’ you say…. This image shows off the pleasing quarter cut laminated European Beech end-grain off to a tee. This is a noble wood, one with well known qualities – hardness, stability, very even tone and pleasing … Continue reading

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“Give us clear vision, that we may know where to stand and what to stand for – because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything. ~ Peter Marshall, US Senate Chaplain 1947”

This painstakingly hand made mixture of walnut, brass and steel, stamped with the initials of its maker and the number of its making represents something essential and something of a narrative that is more and more necessary in my mind. … Continue reading

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Pif, Paf, Pof, done. Easier than an Ikea piece any day of the week, I’ll put money on it.

Apologies – I know we’re going back in ┬átime here, but I just couldn’t resist this chance to have another dig… This one really does pack down small, and is guaranteed to go back together as good as new, unlike … Continue reading

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Pon-Pon, Gone…!

So settle down, and I’ll tell you a story, not a long one, but one that spans a good chunk of the last years work. Today is one of those mixed feeling days…. happy waving off one of our favourite … Continue reading

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It’s all about the end grain.

One more reason why I yell from the rooftops about our friend Quercus alba is that he has one of the most beautiful end grain patterns I know. Now, his ring porous way of growing makes him a real tough … Continue reading

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The human condition.

So it is with some humble satisfaction that I present this 77 degree trestle table and call it done. Yes, I could fuss, polish, buff, shave, flatten, sand and on an on until no table was left at all… But … Continue reading

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This one’s for you, Putkunz.

So wood moves in mysterious ways right? Well the 77 degree trestle table top decided to go just as the humidity dropped in our workshop to about 32% last Thursday. And that is pretty low.┬áStill, that’s what happens here when … Continue reading

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