Unplugged woodworking is a real passion, but I also use power tools if appropriate to the job. Please take a look through the blogs, which contains a growing selection of my work. I hand craft unique furniture and other items from wood, and teach woodworking to individuals and small groups.
I have been creating, primarily in wood, for almost two decades. My style is contemporary modernist, but with influences from traditional Japanese design, among other things. 'Unplugged' woodworking is a particular passion of mine, but I truly recognise the role of good machines and power tools in making some of my creations affordable to a wider audience.
YouTube In recent years I have grown a following on YouTube, where I present videos for anyone working with wood, or interested in woodworking. Videos cover a whole range of abilities and topics, including tutorials, builds, and tool reviews. They can be found on my channel. Subscribe and hit the notification icon, in YouTube, to hear when new titles are released.
Portfolio Please take a look through the gallery, accessible on all pages in the left panel, which contains a growing selection of my work.
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I also teach woodworking, both in person, and through online videos:
Pleased to have been named as one of the top 10 UK woodworking blogs recently.
Regulars will know I've have various problems that have taken up my time over the last two years, meaning that, among other things, my blog and website have had to take a back seat. It's therefore extremely pleasing to have had this recognition.
You can't really beat the setting of Wakehurst for anything wood related. We headed up there this Sunday to enjoy the terrific gardens, and to explore the Wild Wood Festival. In particular, I had been invited to have a go at pole-lathe turning with Andrew of the Association of Pole-Lathe and Green Woodworkers.
The weather was gorgeous, although a little hot and humid, especially down in the glade with the pole-lathe turners and mosquitoes! I had only tried a pole-lathe for a couple of minutes before, so I wasn't expecting to achieve too much - maybe attempt to turn a clean cylinder and try a bead or two. However Andrew had a much better idea, tying in with the #TOOLMake Challenge that's running at the moment, and suggested making a round mallet. I use a large round mallet quite often, preferring it to the square headed variety, but I didn't own a small one for more delicate work. So, we had a goal. Next was the material, and when Andrew produced a 10" ash round, about 20" long, I knew I was in for a workout. The work I normally do is quite light, and I take my time - I'm not built for strength or endurance any longer! Anyway, with a goal and materials, tools and Andrew's knowledge, we had a project.
Of course, I did complete the mallet, which is a great addition to my tools. What's more, I learnt a lot about green woodworking and pole-lathe turning, as well as some general techniques that I'd never used before. As a self-taught power turner, I can do what I need, am confident teaching at a basic level, and I'm safe. After today's experience, I have some more skills to try on the power lathe, and the strong desire to make a pole-lathe of my own. If you're interested in finding out more I strongly suggest checking out the website at www.bodgers.org.uk and finding your local group.
My light mallet, with burnt decoration
Needless to say, I videoed the build, and it will soon be available on YouTube.
Recently posted a new article on preparing and maintaining a sharp chisel. Although similar to a plane iron, a chisel is referenced on the work piece with it's back (predominantly), and this dictates a special feature of it's preparation. Find out all you need to know, including the process and supplies, on the website
Another new joint for me. I've produced a hybrid of two common timber frame joints, partly by accident as it happens, which I think looks and works pretty good. Now I can't claim it's unique - in fact I'm sure enough searching will find other examples, but I did enjoy making something that I'd never seen before. As far as I'm concerned it would be a decent timber framing scarf joint. I'd love to hear if anyone has seen one the same, maybe even has one lengthening a post or beam in their barn! For now, you can watch a video of me making it on YouTube:
If you struggle to keep your plane iron cutting well, take a look at the first in a new series of articles I'm going to be posting. Plane Iron Sharpening will tell you a simple method, that is both quick and effective, for getting and maintaining sharp irons, along with suggestions of suitable products for the purpose.