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Welcome to......the future

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Derek Jones

30 August 2019

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.

Welcome to......workshops

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Derek Jones

30 July 2019

A place for everything and everything inits place, that’s pretty much what was drummed in to me when I started hanging out in the workshop.

The scene that greeted me every Saturday morning as I climbed the narrow winding staircase up to the first floor workshop was almost clinical in its layout. Rows of boxwood-handled chisels graduating in size from left to right on one side of a window with a similar assortment of screwdrivers on the other. Spanning the divide was a separate rack for scrapers, punches, rulers, squares, scalpels and a couple of gent saws. 

Welcome to.....making mistakes

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Derek Jones

1 July 2019

It’s no secret that we all learn from our mistakes, they are after all part of the process of honing one’s skills and finding out what works and what doesn’t. Imagine though, how far we would all come in a much shorter period of time if we shared more of our failures instead of concentrating on celebrating our successes.

OK, apologies for the philosophical opener so soon into this month’s proceedings but I learnt a valuable lesson this month; the more mistakes I make the better informed I become. Eventually. There comes a time in your career when the things that used to take forever to work out seem to suddenly take care of themselves.

Welcome to......unknowns

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Derek Jones

7 June 2019

Since putting my first issue of F&C together back in the autumn of 2009 I must have written, read and commissioned well over a thousand articles on the subject.

With all that information under my belt you’d think I was some kind of an expert on the matter by now but in fact, the opposite is closer to the truth.

I’ll admit I was aghast when I read my first few articles on sharpening, dovetailing and various approaches to tool care. 

Welcome to......progression

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Derek Jones

15 May 2019

At the heart of every project lies a framework of design and development that’s not always apparent to the casual observer. If that sounds a little elitist it’s not meant to be because like most (or some) people I’m not an expert in everything and now and then take things for granted.

Good design on its own is often hard to spot so it takes a few bad examples to pass our way before we see its benefits. 

Welcome to......my making side

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Derek Jones

18 April 2019

One of the most rewarding things I’ve managed to do this year is reconnect with my making side. Not that I’ve ever let it slip you understand, it’s just that commissions and magazine articles have a habit of dictating what’s on my bench most
of the time.

Robinson House Studio Open House

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Derek Jones

27 July 2018

On the whole summer is generally a time of rest for woodworkers. The combination of high temperatures in the workshop making hand work hard work and the list of outside jobs you’ve been putting off all year suddenly take precedence over the current project or projects.

European Woodworking Show

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Derek Jones

25 August 2017

Very excited once again to be contributing to the spectacle that is the European Woodworking Show in a few weeks time at Cressing Temple Barns in Essex. The official word is that this will be the last show on account of Mike Handcock and the team at Classic Hand Tools having run themselves ragged ev ...

Teaching and demonstrations

Derek Jones

3 February 2017

Excellent, that’s January out the way, which means I’m only a couple of months away from the start of my 2017 teaching and demo schedule. The day job and other commitments mean that for the time being these will be largely focussed at short sharp weekend courses in the South East. Some of the tools  ...

#handtoolthursday

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Derek Jones

9 December 2016

Social media for woodworkers is awash with clubs, groups, forums and blogs of all persuasions to keep us amused, many of which owe their rise in popularity to the ubiquitous ‘#’ or ‘hash tag’ (HT) in popular speak. Drop your favourite # into a conversation and, assuming the company you keep are in t ...

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