THE LATEST FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
18 November 2019
I am having one of those days when I have been fielding calls, emails and conversations in which people are vexed, fractious and moaning about things. I am going share with you a few of my comments regarding said subjects.
Q Why are so many people using tipped tools when tipped tools are not as versatile as conventional turning tools? A Whether people use tipped tools with the right shaft and tip profiles in the manner suitable for the job they are undertaking, or suitable conventional turning tools in the right way for the type of turning they are tackling is up to them.
I know it's a little early, especially with magazine schedules being what they are, but the festive season is soon upon us, so let me wish you all the very best for Christmas. I always find it a strange time of year. The holiday period is either a welcome relief and a time to unwind, catch up with friends and loved ones, a time when it's all too easy to overeat, or it is a time of year that people do not enjoy and avoid as much as possible.
I must admit I walk a tightrope between the two. I want the hustle and bustle of catching up with friends and family on Christmas and Boxing days, but then I want it all over so I can do other things on the days I take off over the festive period. Going fishing and having workshop time spring to mind. I am sure I am not alone in this.
30 August 2019
Chairs – I’ve made a few...
Our lead article is about chairmaking. Many cabinetmakers don’t like trying to make chairs because trying to create complicated asymmetric profiles that are comfortable and easy on the eye can be a challenge too far.
For us ordinary ‘shed’ woodworkers it represents even more of a challenge – a hill, a mountain even, to climb, not worth the effort and stress involved. And yet, it is one of those things where your skill and design eye can really shine, where a rectangular box- shaped cabinet often does not.
I have been at the helm of F&C for 10 years I am now moving on to pastures new. It has been a privilege to work and talk with such wonderful craftspeople from around the world. The 20 working day production cycles certainly kept me on my toes and it will be a different pace of life from here on in but just as interesting.
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