One-week course


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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