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Nigel Morris

9 December 2015

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Cut and shut

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Anthony Bailey

27 November 2015

I"ve recently been asked to return a favour and the payback was to make a small frame and door hinged in a frame, for a bathroom. Okay, not tricky as such but every job presents its challenges. It needed to have a rich oak (Quercus robur) sort-of-look - so that"s oak in other words - it need ...

A sad day indeed

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Anthony Bailey

16 November 2015

Anyone who reads Woodworking Crafts on a regular basis will be aware that my daughter Amber, a contributor to the magazine, is studying at Ecole Boulle in Paris. I would like to thank everyone who was concerned for her safety, but I am happy to say she is safe, even though a short distance from one  ...

Green Men

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Anthony Bailey

4 November 2015

About a week ago, we - that is our local footpath and conservation group - had a "workday", our 50th in fact, although I haven"t been with them that long. We now have an annual clearance day on a small, rather discreet and unremarked area of common land in our village. Ecologically, it i ...

Lakes of tranquillity

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Anthony Bailey

21 October 2015

The other day my wife and I went for a stroll around a large series of lakes which serve as a fishery. Any angler wanting to catch some very healthy fishy specimens would feel entirely at home there. Although there were anglers dotted around the site with rods perched ready for a catch it was indeed ...

The Surrey With The Fringe On Top

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Anthony Bailey

6 October 2015

Excuse the terrible pun - a "surrey" is a covered horse-drawn wagon immortalised in a tune by Rodgers and Hammerstein. However, it also covers - so to speak - the Surrey Hills Wood Fair where we were "en famille" this Saturday just gone, where a horse-drawn covered wagon was giving r ...

Head for the hills

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Anthony Bailey

30 September 2015

This coming weekend, 3-4 September, we will be visiting the Surrey Hills Wood Fair at Birtley House Estate, Bramley, Surrey. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), it is a big well attended event with lots to see and do for the whole family. From woodturning to coppicing to roundhouses ...

If you go down to the woods today...

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Anthony Bailey

22 September 2015

Well, this weekend just gone to accurate, the woods at the Bentley Wood Fair held their usual delights and surprises. At the heavy end, some serious logging activity with tractors and grabbers, right up to willow animal sculptures, heavy horses and natural dyeing of wools. It was all there lurking b ...

The Only Way Is Cressing Temple

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Anthony Bailey

15 September 2015

Sunday just gone, Mrs B and myself drove up to the much anticipated European Woodworking Show, courtesy of Classic Handtools, who organise the event. Saturday, by every account, was teeming and exceptionally busy throughout the site. Sunday was a little bit quieter for us, but more pleasant perhaps  ...

A slight change of plan

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Anthony Bailey

7 September 2015

In my last blog I did say I wasn"t going to be at the European Woodworking Show this coming weekend, but as usual with a change of plan, I will now be there on the Sunday. The show is actually on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September, so if you see me wandering around looking vague and distant, do ...

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