Monday, 11 November 2019

The North of England Woodworking Show This Weekend


The North of England Woodworking Show is coming this weekend Friday 15th to Sunday 17th in Harrogate. It's the biggest show of its kind in the UK and I'll be there demonstrating my magnetic dovetail guides over the three days. I hope to see you there!

Saturday, 9 November 2019

HNT Gordon Spoke Shaves and Shoulder Plane


A friend of mine is on a trip to Australia and paid a visit to Terry Gordon the owner of HNT Gordon who gave him a workshop tour, lucky man!


He came away with a 1/2" shoulder plane, a surprising useful little tool as well as a pair of wonderful spoke shaves in ringed gidgee. These shaves, with their high angle and tight mouth, are the best on the market and will handle figured woods and reversing grain with ease. They can only be bought direct from Terry in Australia but are well worth the wait.


Friday, 1 November 2019

Piston Fit Drawer Course at UTC College Finished.


I spent 3 days this week teaching a piston fit drawer course at the wonderful UTC College in London's old docklands.
The course was being run by Derek Jones (Low Fat Roubo) as part of a 2 week woodworking program including lectures a show and various other classes including a couple by the ever active Chris Schwarz.

This was the little project featuring 52 hand cut dovetails and 6 tapered through wedged tenons.


Andrew at work using a hefty Moxon vice. Andrew makes chairs professionally and you can see some of his lovely creations here   https://goyderfurniture.wordpress.com/


Graeme cutting dovetails using my 1:5 magnetic dovetail guide.


Jim worked carefully and as you'd expect for an engineer his work was immaculate.


Clinton using calpiers for perfect dovetail spacing, wearing an Opti Visor which was invaluable to him for this fine work

Martin is a seasoned dovetailer and it showed with his speed and accuracy


Geoffrey, the college principal, did very well and was obviously proud of his progress.


Martin had the job done By lunchtime on the last day, no mean achievement!

 
A happy and relived bunch at the end of the course.