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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 ...

For our North American readers

Derek Jones

31 October 2016

Here’s little bit of news for our North American readers that prefer to get their magazine in paper form. We’ve just added a new function to the website that allows you to search for your nearest stockist in a range of Barnes & Noble and Books a Million stores. You can find it on the home page o ...

West Dean College

Derek Jones

5 October 2016

This week I’ve been teaching a class down at West Dean in West Sussex or as it’s officially known, The Edward James Foundation. For creative course attendees, or serial offenders as I like to call them, West Dean is one of those places that you simply must have on your list of venues to try out. Set ...

New gauge

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Derek Jones

13 July 2016

Here"s a little something I made earlier. Not quite sure if it"s the finished article yet or if there are a few more tweaks along the way to perfection. If all goes well I should have it ready for a blow-by-blow account in the magazine in a few months time. You can never have too many gauges ...

Houndstooth dovetail

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Derek Jones

6 May 2016

I’m not sure why I haven’t tackled a houndstooth dovetail before, so here’s my first attempt. Not sure if it lends anything to the construction in terms of strength, but definitely fun to do. Obviously a contrasting timber makes it worth the effort. I used a 1:6 dovetail gauge for the layout and in  ...

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