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Furniture & Cabinet Making
Thursday already and the countdown to the weekend has started. At least it has in my head. I took a trip up to Manchester on Tuesday to attend the private view of the Makers exhibition at the Cube Gallery in Portland Street where the Northern Contemporary Furniture Makers have taken over the entire ground floor gallery space. This is the only contemporary design craft exhibition in the North that is dedicated to the highest quality items for interiors. It is welcomed by design-orientated thin...
Woodworking Plans & Projects
One of the things I like about Bank Holidays is that it allows me to not only get a break but by taking the previous Friday off before the Bank Holiday I can make it into a long weekend without actually using much of my allotted holiday allowance. Thus it was, and the chance to enjoy the sun when it deigned to appear, and to work outside for most of it. My back garden is a riot of outbuildings all with felted roofs. So a hot sunny Friday was the perfect day for climbing all over them for inspect...
I am busy trying to get everything done before travelling to Provo, USA next week. It is always fun to travel but as with everything, there is always a knock on. I will enjoy meeting up with people at the symposium and seeing what they have been making and catching up with stories, events, life and such like. I think this camaraderie and yearning for knowledge and a common goal to create is wonderful. There are some real characters that have me in stitches with their stories. But I am sure peopl...
There is a wondrous element to carving and that is that we can choose to carve almost anything we see or can imagine as subject matter – skill and rights, etc. permitting. Apart from painting and ceramics and similar such disciplines, this amount of freedom is wonderful and quite liberating, but can prove to be a barrier to some when starting out. Now one of the biggest problems with starting out is that the basic skills need to be learned, as well as the knowledge of types of carving and the im...