Wednesday, 20 September 2017
I was quite taken aback at the show to be given these lovely presents. The medjool dates came all the way from Israel, the bottle opener and beer from Dave Jeske from Blue Spruce. The expensive bottle of wine was handed to me in the middle of a dovetail demo so I didn't get a proper chance to say thanks.
Tuesday, 19 September 2017
I had promised myself that I would have a good look round all the show, but as usual it didn't happen! Here is the main barn just before customers were let in and here's what happened afterwards.
So unfortunately I only have a few shots of those near to my stand.
Camera shy Phil Edwards from Philly planes, gotcha!
Bill and Sarah Carter with a fine selection of his wonderful planes as well as a few other rare antiques.
Ollie Sparks with a good selection of his master pieces. More on Ollie later.
And below Richard Arnold with lots of 18thC planes along with some very nice 21st interpretations made by himself. Richard gives his time very generously and is extremely knowledgeable.
Monday, 18 September 2017
With the EWS show finished I'm just trying to catch on the back log, pictures of the show will follow.
Slava, a good customer sent me these pictures of some lovely saws he has made. He started by refurbishing old saws and then got hooked, so he decided to start making his own.
This one is a long stroke (probably dovetail) saw with an early style handle in curly walnut
This one looks like a tenon saw with another early style (beech?) handle with beautiful spurs.
And lastly another tenon saw with more curly black walnut and a very pronounced hang (I think that's the correct term!)
Monday, 11 September 2017
Yes it's here at last, the biggest and best, quality hand tool show in the UK, maybe even the world!!
The setting is in and around the wonderful 12th C Cressing Temple Barns in Essex.
Tool makers and demonstrators from around the world will be attending and this is one show not to miss, especially as this is the last!
See pictures from the 2015 show here
The show is open from 10.00 - 5.00 pm on Saturday 16th and 10.00 am - 4.00 pm on Sunday 17th.
Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, 5 September 2017
Joe sent me these pictures of his latest project made for the 100% design show on 20th - 23rd September.
The tables are made from ash with a stained ash top with glass and are very versatile.
A short while ago I did a post showing Joes ash chest of drawers and here it is finished.
He used one of my 1:6 dovetail guides for the many dovetails and has done a great job.
Monday, 28 August 2017
I'm clearing out a few more bargain planes.
Above a nice Spiers smoother which has been cleaned up well by a previous owner.
An old Spiers plane with original stamped iron in reasonable condition
A bargain Matheison smoothing plane that needs a bit of TLC
And below a nice Spiers No 23 smoother, a great user with a tight mouth.
Thursday, 24 August 2017
Oliver Sparks has made a small batch of 3/4" violin makers planes and this one is mine.
It has a beautiful boxwood wedge and the making is immaculate as usual.
The mouth is super tight.
Here it is alongside my 1/2" version.
Ollie will be at the European Woodworking show on 16th and 17th September, he will have planes to try as well as buy. http://www.europeanwoodworkingshow.eu/
Sunday, 20 August 2017
Martin sent me these pictures of his latest project, a very nice watch box in wenge and birds eye maple with a pig suede lining. It has a subtle finger opening with two nicely shaped curved chamfers.
The hinges are 90 degree stop hinges from Brusso, these open a couple of degrees past 90 so the lid stays open.
Some nice solid birds eye maple for the lid panel with an angled chamfer, probably a Chris Becksvoort router bit from Lee Valley.
The case is dovetailed, although hardly visible in this dark wood. The inside lid is mirrored, a nice touch.
And here we are ready to go, a watch for every day of the week!
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!