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Archive - 2019

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.