One-week course

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Derek Jones

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

This week I"ve mostly been listening to the sound of dovetails being cut and chopped out by hand, by the 18 students attending a one-week course at Warwickshire College. For a brief moment I had a glimpse of what it might have been like as a shop based joiner/cabinetmaker in the 18th or 19th-century.

I tell you, you can forget any notion of the work being a peaceful, gentlemanly like affair. This group are on a tight schedule and approached the task with professional gusto as if their next meal depended on it. A century ago that might well have been the case, but fortunately for these weary woodworkers what laid in store at the end of the day was a cool pint - or two - and a good approximation - so I"m told - of a rack of Southern BBQ ribs. I don"t think either touched the sides. Some things never change.

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