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Specialist Chisel

I quite like the idea of having specific tools for a specific purpose but not quite so keen on havin......

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Ashley Iles Dovetail Chisels

Everyone aspires to beautiful crisp hand cut dovetails. Not everyone realises that the tapered desig......

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Mortice and Tenons

I once heard that there are more than 1000 different subdivisions of the mortice and tenon. This joi......

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Technical Thursdays - Toolbox in Miniature Scale

It's true to say that, over time, the miniaturist acquires a mindset that results in a very disc......

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Understanding Japanese saws

Traditional Japanese woodworking was carried out by a local shokunin or mastercraftsman. The tools t......

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How to Make Timber Round

It is very easy to assume that everything that has a round profile has been turned on a lathe - and ......

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Poetry in Wood Pt 1

Carpentry was a highly respected activity among the artisan class of ancient China. Carpentry tradit......

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Understanding Japanese Planes

The Japanese love timber surfaces and the preparation of them is an important part of their woodwork......

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Shaker Style and Making

Shakers pre-empted the Modernist movement by a more than a century with their passion for functional......