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Archive - 2011

Season’s greetings

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Derek Jones

23 December 2011

Here we are at the finish line, last day in the office and just the formalities to go through before dashing off to put my feet up. Who am I kidding this is where the hard work starts as there’s still a few things left to do on my Christmas list. I hope you have been enjoying the blogs from our two  ...

Merry Christmas from Sam Bradley

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Sam Bradley

15 December 2011

In my last blog I introduced the Sylva OneOak educational project. The project has donated five boards to Rycotewood Furniture Centre, taken from a 222 year old, locally sourced sustainable oak tree felled at Blenheim Palace in January 2010. Three of these will go into the making of a seat designed  ...

Week 3, 5 December 2011

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Amber Bailey

7 December 2011

As part of my BA (Hons) Furniture: Conservation, Restoration & Decorative Arts course, a variety of visits and live projects are arranged to supplement the taught programme. They are a means of enhancing the connection between what we learn in the workshop and the industry itself, and also provi ...

Week 4

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Sam Bradley

2 December 2011

Hello again, this is Sam Bradley with more news from the National School of Furniture via Rycotewood Furniture Centre at Oxford & Cherwell Valley College (OCVC). Since 2010, Rycotewood has taken on three craftsmen-in-residence: Ian Smith, Tom Cope, and Jered Allcock, who were all involved with W ...

Week 2, 21 November 2011

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Amber Bailey

23 November 2011

11 November 2011 saw the first year anniversary of The National School of Furniture. This is a partnership between Bucks New University and Oxford & Cherwell Valley College, which aims to raise the profile of the furniture industry and inspire people to explore the range of career options availa ...

Gent''s Saws. What are they good for?

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Derek Jones

21 November 2011

I"ve had a gent"s saw in my tool box for as long as I can remember but it very rarely sees the light of day now. My own ignorance is to blame here for I"m not really certain as to when this particular tool might come into its own. That"s not to say it hasn’t been used in the past and ...

Week 2, 14 November 2011

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Sam Bradley

15 November 2011

Hello, I am Samuel Bradley, a second year student at Rycotewood Furniture Centre, part of Oxford & Cherwell Valley College. I’m studying for a Foundation Degree in Furniture Design & Make, validated by Bucks New University as part of the National School of Furniture. My course leader is Jose ...

Small is beautiful

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Derek Jones

11 November 2011

It"s that time of the week again and still there"s plenty to do but that hasn’t prevented me from getting hands on with my latest gadget; a miniature router plane. There’s something rather appealing about miniature versions of tools that actually work like their full size versions. The chaps ...

Week 1 – 7 November

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Amber Bailey

8 November 2011

Hello! I"m Amber Bailey, a first year student at Buckinghamshire New University on the BA (Hons) Furniture: Conservation, Restoration & Decorative Arts course. Prior to starting my studies at Bucks, I completed an Art Foundation Diploma which stimulated my interest in furniture and consequen ...

Calling all spray finishers

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Derek Jones

4 November 2011

This week has seen us putting the finishing touches to issue 187 and if I say so myself it’s one hell of a cracker. We’ve got a story and technique that I can pretty much guarantee you will not have seen anywhere before. Miss this and you’ll kick yourself. I’ve planned some unique content for the Ap ...

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