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    October 23, 2019

    So, after a brief pause for summer holidays, I've finally found a little time to finish the roof of the timber frame I've been building. Photo below. (It's not totally finished - there are still the wind braces to go into the roof structure, but its all but done bar th...

    August 17, 2019

    So, the main frame for the house is now complete, and there will be a short delay whilst the wood for the roof trusses is processed. The tree that the roof timbers will come from is still growing, but is due to be felled, milled and dried in August. This should allow m...

    June 23, 2019

    Just a quick update with things. The house build is coming along, in between the showers. A couple more days on the main structure and then I will tackle the roof trusses. This house will have a tree (yes, a whole 25 foot high section of beech tree) holding up the roof...

    June 13, 2019

    Every now and then I get to do some carpentry.

    As I have been lead to understand, a joiner joins bits of wood together to make functional, everyday things like cupboards, window frames, doors - that sort of thing. A cabinet maker does finer work - beautiful cabinets and...

    June 13, 2019

    I am a big fan of Paul Sellers, and I was reading his blog the other day. He pointed out how efficient modern machinery is at mass producing furniture, and how a factory with machines set up to produce very complex wooden constructions such as Windsor chairs could stil...

    April 4, 2019

    Just a quick update. Big bookcase is finished and in its final home which means I can move freely around the workshop again with bumping into big bits of oak or sash clamps! Now I can maybe get to the lathe again and do dome turning. Here's a picture of an ash vessel I...

    March 20, 2019

    I have been tempted to try a milk paint finish on a Windsor chair, but have never quite managed to get around to it. There are a few reasons for this. 

    Firstly, a milk paint finish is considered by those in the know to be more typical of American Windsor chairs, whereas...

    March 15, 2019

    I managed to finish my challenge for January without too much difficulty, and am feeling happy that I managed it (see previous blog for details!)

    The six weeks since my last blog have been very hectic - working to make the CWIF a success again (see the video below), and...

    January 22, 2019

    It's the middle of winter, and there is snow on the hills outside my workshop window. Daylight hours are very short at the moment, which is a bit of a problem when you're as busy as I currently am - I'm definitely struggling to find enough daytime to do everything I wa...

    December 4, 2018

    My lovely friends at Hills and Tor are having a bit of a bash at The Grasshopper cafe in Hope this Thursday, where they will be showing some of their beautiful jewellery. They have very kindly offered me a bit of table space to show/sell some of my turned bits and piec...

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