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Happy New Year!

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Derek Jones

19 January 2016

As we hit repro tomorrow with just a couple of minor tweaks to finish off issue 242, there’s the smallest of windows to put together a quick blog, the first of 2016 as it happens. Apart from business as usual there’s not a lot to report, unless you include the most recent cabinet reshuffle among the ...

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Nigel Morris

9 December 2015

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Campaign trail outtakes

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Derek Jones

7 December 2015

Issue 239 of F&C has been on the news stands for a couple of weeks now and at the end of the campaign chest project I promised to share a few outtakes from that build. We spend a lot of time documenting how to do things to avoid making mistakes, but we are only human after all and accidents do happe ...

Fret saw practice

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Derek Jones

11 November 2015

I can"t remember if I"ve mentioned this before, but a couple of months ago I spent a few days down in Kent at the studio of Yannick Chastang during one of his marquetry courses. Expect to read a little more about this in the magazine shortly, but for now here"s a glimpse of what we got u ...

French marquetry

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Derek Jones

1 October 2015

I guess one of the reasons I do this job is because I love finding stuff out, discovering how things work and learning new tricks. For the last few days I"ve been trying my hand at French marquetry under expert supervision from the inimitable Yannick Chastang, master of the donkey. With my fello ...

Tool restoration

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Derek Jones

3 September 2015

While a lot of folk"s worst nightmare is to faff around with an old tool to get it to work nicely, mine is not having that moment of joy to look forward to when you return a potentially obsolete item into something useful. This little half round has been on the backbench for a few months just wa ...

Travels in time

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Derek Jones

7 August 2015

At first glance the phrase "French marquetry donkey" could be something you"d find on a bill poster at the Edinburgh Fringe. I haven"t made the gag yet but I just know there"s one in there somewhere, screaming to get out. Good behaviour and taste, however, are an essential qualit ...

Under the hammer

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Derek Jones

19 May 2015

Going to an auction is a bit like a day at the races. It doesn"t mater how well you"ve studied the form anything can happen on the day. To quote an old colleague, trading through an auction house is a "numbers game". If you"re selling you want it as busy as hell. If you"re bu ...

Your ''Once-a-Year'' Day

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Derek Jones

5 May 2015

I don"t put this event on the workshop calendar and I certainly don"t count the months in between but I guess on average, once a year I take all my planes down from the shelf and give them a thorough clean. It amounts to a complete disassembly of very nut, bolt, screw, lever and knob on ever ...

Stocking up

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Derek Jones

13 April 2015

Running out of stock of anything half way through a job is a real pain. But despite the inconvenience and cursing, it still happens. Not any more though. The decision to buy the best part of 5,000 dowels was either a gross misjudgment or a rare moment of strategic ingenuity. Whatever it turns out to ...

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