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Christmas is coming

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Matthew Long

21 December 2010

Well, this will probably be my last blog before Christmas, so it just remains for me to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Amazing to think another year will have gone by the time I"m working on the next magazine. It has been a pleasure working on the magazine this year, a ...

Man Flu strikes again... it''s worse than that

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Matthew Long

16 December 2010

I"m sorry to report I"ve been struck down with flu. And, this, is not your time-honoured man flu. No, the whole building has been hit by it... and pretty nasty it is too. Don"t worry though, the wonderful staff here are soldiering on. They are a tough bunch. So for the next few days it&# ...

New ideas

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Matthew Long

6 December 2010

Well, issue 50 is nearly ready for the printers, and we have put together a special issue to celebrate. It will be in the shops in the New Year, and I hope you like it. But now my mind is turning to the future of the magazine, and the direction we should be taking it in. I have a good idea of what p ...

Building is bliss

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Matthew Long

25 November 2010

Have just finished the build for a great project we are publishing in issue 50. It"s a unique unit for all things to do with routing, and has come out really well, if I may say so myself. Of course, I picked the brains of our router expert Anthony Bailey, to find out what he really would like in ...

Woodworker of the Year

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Matthew Long

4 November 2010

Well, I"ve now seen all the entries for the Triton Woodworker of the Year competition, and they are quite brilliant. I"m not too sure what I was expecting, but the quality of craftsmanship on display is absolutely brilliant. I was particularly pleased with the high standard of entry in the A ...

Issue 49 Cover Shoot

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Matthew Long

29 October 2010

Well, it"s workshop Friday, and I am doing the cover shoot for issue 49. This involves a mobile table saw unit and saw, and getting the shot right should be OK. I"ve set up the background the saw, and have prepped the mitre cutting attachment. The table saw itself is a DeWalt, and I must say ...

Long weekend

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Matthew Long

20 October 2010

Well, back at work after a couple of days off. And very nice they were too. The great thing about where I live is that there are lots of shops selling all manner of furniture, carvings and nic nacs... all in wood. So, going around shopping is great inspiration for my mini projects. In one particular ...

Mini projects

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Matthew Long

14 October 2010

Well, been making stuff for the January (Yep, the mad world of publshing) issue, and have really enjoyed doing my mini projects. The projects have all been about jewellery. So, I"m using the masur birch I talked about in a previous blog, and zebrano (Yes that offcut is still paying dividends) to ...

Kevin the pigeon

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Matthew Long

5 October 2010

After Kevin the wood pigeon stepped up to the plate to become our latest cover model, it got me thinking about what other animals would work on our front cover. An obvious choice would be a pine martin... cute and very photogenic. I suppose you could go out of your way to have a fish tank full of pe ...

Coup takes charge

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Matthew Long

1 October 2010

Now, we definitely can have a bit of fun doing cover shoots for the magazine. Having posed myself on the cover, I know it can feel a bit weird. And when taking the pictures, to get a decent smile out of the person, you have to make sure they are enjoying themselves to get a genuine smile. Nothing pr ...

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