Wednesday, 13 March 2019
I'm selling my Alan Peters chest of drawers at the Woolley and Wallis auction on 20th March 2019
I'll be very sad to see it go, it's a wonderful piece, but it's not getting used and so it should really go to a better home.
Also in the auction is the very nice sideboard I refurbished a short while back.
There are also a couple of smaller pieces of his work for auction. All are signed and a great future investment.
Monday, 11 March 2019
The second weekend plane making course is over. Kevin and Geoffrey are shown smoothing the interior of the plane sides using planing boards with a thin stop.
Here are the finished planes in all their glory, two jack planes and two jointers.
There was time to stamp the planes with participants names.
The proud quartet with their finished planes, they all did very well.
Three of the four, attended the tool box course I did back in 2015 at Bridgewater College. They brought along their toolboxes which was a nice surprise and it was great to see they had all retained their piston fit trays and soft close lids.
Monday, 4 March 2019
The weekend went very well and everyone managed to get their planes clamped up on day one. You can never have too many clamps!
That gave plenty of time for blade sharpening and enjoying some of Barrie's homemade birthday cake.
The transformation from rectangular block to rough shaped plane, is made with just three cuts on the band saw.
Time for plenty of hand work, here Matthew is using an excellent HNT Gordon spoke shave on the pull stroke to avoid tear out.
Martin is using an older style HNT Gordon shave which has plenty of weight.
Time seemed to run away on the second day but everyone finished their plane by the end of the day. A very enjoyable weekend, I'm very much looking forward to this weekends class.
Monday, 25 February 2019
Nick sent me these pictures of a stool he's recently completed with purpleheart ends and an oak top.
He's added plenty of extra interest with angled dovetails, a heavy front edge chamfer, shaped ends, a shaped top and wedged through tenons on the curved rail. A very nicely done piece.
Thursday, 21 February 2019
I will be teaching this three day course on 29th-31st October 2019 at the UTC college London, full details are here.
The course is suitable for intermediate to advanced woodworkers who will need to be proficient in cutting dovetails by hand and arrive with a razor sharp toolkit.
There are 12 places on the course and everyone will have their own bench. I know it might seem a long way off but don't leave it too late if you are interested in attending, a number of place have been booked already.
Monday, 18 February 2019
Thursday, 14 February 2019
The March issue of F&C magazine is out now with a nice six page article on making my wooden jack plane.
For those of you coming on my forthcoming plane making courses this will give you a good idea of the process.
There's also a very good article, by my friend Richard Wile, on cold bent lamination used to make a fine Maloof style rocker.
Some very fine student work is featured from the Waters and Acland School.