Woodworking Crafts : Blog
30 August 2019
Chairs – I’ve made a few...
Our lead article is about chairmaking. Many cabinetmakers don’t like trying to make chairs because trying to create complicated asymmetric profiles that are comfortable and easy on the eye can be a challenge too far.
For us ordinary ‘shed’ woodworkers it represents even more of a challenge – a hill, a mountain even, to climb, not worth the effort and stress involved. And yet, it is one of those things where your skill and design eye can really shine, where a rectangular box- shaped cabinet often does not.
30 July 2019
Well, it’s September already and the year is cracking on – how time has flown. I’m pleased to say that my lovely logstore, which featured in the April issue, has been full of split and round logs since spring. Normally, lots of fine ‘checks’ (cracks in wood) are considered a disaster, but not in wood that is intended for burning, a sign everything has dried out nicely. Now is a good time to be prepared for the coming winter, I hope you are too?
1 July 2019
Our feature this month is about Tudor shipwrights. I can’t help a wry smile, because the techniques they practised then and the tools they used persisted well into the 20th century. Indeed, during World War II, the ‘land girls’ were sometimes involved in the felling and conversion of timber, backbreaking work at the best of times, only made easier by the use of large circular sawmills, but otherwise tools such as axes were more basic and traditional. Some years ago I met an elderly gentleman at a woodworking show who had trained as a coffinmaker and regularly had to work a two- man pit saw, a cloth cap being necessary protection from the sawdust constantly falling on him as the unlucky man in the pit.
7 June 2019
Hello everyone and welcome to the July issue of Woodworking Crafts
As a schoolboy in our woodworking class I never understood what our teacher meant by ‘hasten slowly’. On reflection it was, I think, an incitement to take care but not to waste time doing so. Anyone who has been following my Remembrance seat project, which has finally been completed, should be aware that I didn’t do it in a rush – it had to be done in stages.
7 May 2019
In this month’s Woodworking Crafts magazine our feature is about Lotta Boholm Wall from Långserud, Sweden. She is a chainsaw carver who likes to have fun creating artworks in wood using a chainsaw.
She isn’t alone as a female chainsaw carver – I did a feature on Ella Fielding, Tree Pirate, for sister magazine Woodcarving a while ago and I know there are others out there wielding what many still regard as a dangerous machine to create marvels from tree trunks.
10 September 2018
I’ve been busy throughout the summer and lovely though the hot weather has been, it’s uncomfortable when the workshop gets unbearably hot. Because of the way it is built and insulated it actually gets worse towards the end of an afternoon as the heat finally seeps through, earlier in the day I just had to keep the doors shut although it made it a bit airless.
10 April 2018
I never seem to be short of jobs that need doing at home, and sometimes they inspire articles in the magazine too. Actually I’ve just thought of one but I won’t tell you what it is right now, but it should get into print.
11 January 2018
I think we all greet a new year with new hopes and aspirations. The days slowly lengthen and the sun seems to shine more, even if spring plants haven’t awakened yet from their slumbers.
28 November 2017
This year’s ‘Discover Axminster Day’ was held at Walsall Football Stadium in the West Midlands.
24 August 2017
This week just gone, I have been ripping out our old bathroom sink and building a cabinet framework for a new (old), big and impressive sink which we paid £8 at our local recycling centre