Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Wood Auction This Friday


There is an a large workshop clearance auction this Friday 23rd June at Ewbanks Auction House in Guildford. Above is a large board of Cuban Mahogany. You ca view the full catalogue here.
https://www.ewbankauctions.co.uk/index.php?option=com_bidders&auction_id=375


Lots of veneer in thick as well as thin, ideal for restoration.


Some lovely true Lignum Vitae.


 A very nice board of Indian rosewood and below a very rare log of Brazilian kingwood, beautiful stuff! I have resisted the temptation to attend, I have enough wood to last a lifetime, or more!


Saturday, 17 June 2017

John Makepeace Talk


Just a reminder that the John Makepeace talk is on Monday 26th June at 2.30 pm in Beaminster Dorset. More details and tickets here
http://www.beaminsterfestival.com/john-makepeace
To get in the mood I'll be re reading this fascinating book about John and his life and work, well worth adding to your collection
https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Makepeace-Spirit-Adventure-Craft-Design-John/1850297126/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1497767952&sr=8-1&keywords=john+makepeace

We are having a few days away in West Dorset and went to the Bridport Food Festival yesterday, they couldn't have wished for a better day.


There were lots of local suppliers of all things tempting!


Here's my wife trying some local honey.




I was drawn to this larger than life steel robot standing guard outside one of the tents. A great example of recycling it's made from car exhausts.


Monday, 12 June 2017

Oliver Sparks Violin Makers Plane


A beautifully wrapped little parcel arrived today finished off with a blob of ceiling wax.


This little plane is just 30 mm (1 1/4") long with a 1/2" wide blade.


The dovetails are superb for such a tiny scale and the mouth is very tight. Despite its diminutive size it is very comfortable to hold (one handed of course) and works very well.


I have an antique violins makers plane, they make a great pair. I believe Oliver has another two of these planes for sale if anyone is interested.
http://oliversparks.co.uk/

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Customer Project


Joe sent me these pictures of his latest project, a very lovely, delicate walnut console table.


The plugs were shaped by hand on an inverted jointer held in the vice.


Carefully trimming the plugs.

I really like the tapered legs, it looks very light on its feet.


Hand cut dovetails for the drawers.


Shown with a matching pair of bedside tables made earlier.


Saturday, 3 June 2017

Dovetail Guide on YouTube


I was told about this video by Johnny Brooke from The Crafted Workshop, it's nicely done and worth watching. I had lots of questions from left handers asking if the guides will work for them and it's nice to see a leftie in action. I also spied an HNT Gordon spoke shave as well as block plane in use, great tools.