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The Rhythm of Handwork – A Pace of Life

Paul Sellers - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 1:36pm

PICT0173In mastering hand tool work I learned early on in the 1960’s that there’s a rhythm to the life of lived craftsmanship that’s governed by internal chemistry, muscle memory and reflex actions. We don’t need to understand how they work but we must allow their governance to give our bodies the rhythm that paces our day. Pacing is very much a part of hand work and herein lies the key difference between the machinist and the woodworker. PICT0191Craftwork like mine is a uniting association of hand-eye coordination that demands cooperation. Hand work automatically demands all of the senses engage in some measure in craftwork and it’s this that separates me from anxiety and stress because I find such saneness in it. There are of course dozens of different rhythms and many of which we will never understand but rhythms they are. Just to put some perspective on this I took something I wrote in my new book I thought might be of interest.DSC_0082

“The weight of a mallet must be lifted and dropped to the chisel with a quick and rhythmic arm and wrist movement. At around 60 vertical mallet stroke lifts per minute equalling 3,600 strokes in an hour, and with a 2 lb mallet, that’s 7,200 lbs of lifting in an hour ( well over 3 metric tons or both the short or long tons) driven with the exact force to deliver each blow to an inch diameter.  A momentum grows and the whole dynamic of shape and size needs to match the craftsman. Here you see the marriage of the mallet to the hand of the man that made the mallet. It’s an until-death-do-us-part marriage you see.”

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Saw strokes, hammer blows, planes strokes by the thousands all have rhythm and poser. The neat thing is that I see a joint come together and the wood get smoothed. I see a door trimmed and hinged step by step and when my day is done all of the rhythms come together like a symphony. I live for this.

The post The Rhythm of Handwork – A Pace of Life appeared first on Paul Sellers' Blog.

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Racing wax

Raven's Edge Toolworks - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:10pm
  I keep a chunk of ski wax on my bench to lubricate my plane soles. I use ski wax instead of paraffin because I want to go faster. It started to look nasty from sitting in the sun and … Continue reading
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The 50th issue of The Highland Woodturner

Highland Woodworking - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 9:58am

mayhwtWe’ve hit a milestone with The Highland Woodturner: 50 issues!

This month’s 50th issue focuses on the educational aspect of woodturning with several authors sharing their love of teaching.

This month’s issue includes:

Making a Tapered Reamer– Curtis Turner has begun the journey toward making his own Windsor Chair and to start, he has made his own tapered reamer. In this article he discusses the different steps he took to create this project.

Celebrating Woodturning by Teaching– Temple Blackwood celebrates our 50th issue by sharing his love of teaching. He discusses his teaching process for a first time woodturner and the process of turning a ceremonial gavel.

Show Us Your Woodturning– This month we are sharing the beautifully turned bowls created by Jeff Greenberg. On many of his bowls Jeff incorporates beautiful inlay designs and colors.

Phil’s Turning Tip– This month Phil’s tip is to take a turning class, whether it be at Highland Woodworking, John Campbell Folk School, or get some instruction from your local woodturning guild.

All of this and more in our 50th issue of The Highland Woodturner!

The post The 50th issue of The Highland Woodturner appeared first on Woodworking Blog.

Categories: General Woodworking

Fixing Splits with Pocket Screws

Chris Schwarz's Pop Wood Blog - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 8:39am
Inspector Wally wants this split closed before lunchtime!

When I have a visible split in a large slab tabletop, I’ll stabilize it with a wooden key, like I described here last week. But when it comes to the underside of a slab, I prefer to use a little pocket-hole jig to make a fast repair that is adjustable and easily removed if need be. Keep in mind that I’m not trying to close the split – just keep […]

The post Fixing Splits with Pocket Screws appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Busy as a Bee

TW Design Shop - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 8:28am

There's not any woodworking or planemaking in this post, but rather about 250 reasons why I've been busy with other chores and delights the last few weeks. Here is a shot of our deck in the city, we're about to entertain guests and grill, corn, veggies, biscuits, and hot dogs. In the background you can see the defunct top bar hive, two langstroth hives and all the vegetable and flower starts for this season. There is a lot of food growing here!

In the big buckets in the back there are red onion and garlic, in the cups, parsley, tomatoes of various sorts, hot peppers, cucumbers, marigolds, basil, squash, dry beans and more. 

 These are an amazing fractal headed broccoli, and peppers.

Do you know what this is? It looks like basil, but it isn't. I suppose the tag gives it away. It's a fish pepper. They have variegated leaves and sometimes the pods are albino, which were used by black caterers extensively in Baltimore back in the day to spice fish and seafood cream dishes and soups. I'm very excited to cook with them, and smoke peppers!

We also recently started melons, winter squash, and more dry beans. Two of my little goji plants have sprouted! which I'm really excited for. I have to start some more of them.
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Handworks 2015: Feel Good Hit of the Summer

Daedworks Blog - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 7:59am
That dude had way too little sex. -overheard at the fabulous studley exhibit The first real woodworking event I ever attended was the first WIA, in Berea, KY in 2008. It stands out in my mind for a lot of reasons, but mostly for the people I first met there. Many of them would become […]
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It Happened Again!

The English Woodworker - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 7:53am

It all started with a lovely sunny day and, … just read this.

Yep, basically that happened again. This time however I was prepared with a nice wooden floor, so there is no damage what so ever to the castings or any of the metal. It did crack the handle clean in two though. Rather than make a new handle, I thought I’d just glue it back together and rely on the metal rod. In all honesty I’d imagine this to be just as strong, but we’ll see.
Oh, and Vic did it too so at least I’m not the only one!

I can confirm on my second attempt at destroying a plane that it was in real time. It was a thud… Sod! Rather than all the dramatic slow mo antics. This would suggest to me that it does get easier.

Would you trust me to hold your baby?

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Models From “New Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp”

Bob Lang's ReadWatchDo - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 7:21am
The “New Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp” is entirely digital. If you want a paper and ink version, you can print out the pages, but then you’ll miss out on the embedded videos and links within the PDF. This post details … Continue reading
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Taking Down a Tree, Part Two

Northwest Woodworking - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 6:42am

The tree is down. No ceremony was performed for it. As a street tree, this maple had a pretty good long run. I was sorry to have to remove it but seeing it fallen over on top of a car would have made me a bit sorrier. It was half dead as was plain to see this spring and rot would soon take over the trunk. So.

It was actually pretty cool to watch how the arborist, Aaron, took it down. He roped up and started dropping limbs, both dead and alive from the top on down. When he got close to the crotch is when I became really interested.

Where you make your first cut determines so much about the kind of wood you might receive from the tree. About 7′ up, we had two big limbs split off from one another. This crotch area can reveal beautiful grain. You could already see some spalting on the outside of the tree and some ripple in the grain. I wanted to capture all that in some slabs so I had Aaron cut off just about the crotch split.

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From there, he switched out chainsaws to one with a rip blade on it and made two rip cuts so we could maximize the crotch wood. Almost lined them up but that’s a tough cut to nail. It’s a big kerf too. You can see right through it.

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Once he got the log split, then he crosscut the sections down. This is when it became apparent that there was some real pretty wood here and a bunch of rot as well. You can see how the right side, the dead side, is starting to rot out from the center. That’s how it goes whenever you cut down a tree. You never know the surprises that await.

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Cheap Saws – Part 2

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 5:36am
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In Part 1, I discussed my reasons for owning disposable saws. Here are some other considerations, including cost. First, please don’t assume this is a knock at quality saw makers. There are many who are  producing top-notch products, and vintage saws can be restored as perfect users. But if you’re an occasional sawyer… The photo above an extreme case, but does illustrate a point. I could purchase 10 saws for […]

The post Cheap Saws – Part 2 appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Handworks 2015 - The Video

Benchcrafted - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 5:34am



Here it is. The video we took of Roy's talk Saturday Morning at Handworks 2015.
Cameramen: John Abraham, George Abraham
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The Hayward Project v. The Blair Witch Project

Lost Art Press: Chris Schwarz - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 5:12am

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John and I really should avoid alcohol when we discuss our business.

One of the first books we discussed publishing in 2007 was securing the rights to publish some of the fantastic writing of Charles H. Hayward, who was editor of The Woodworker magazine from 1937 to 1967. Lots of people have pirated his work (you know who you are shamey, shame, shame), but an authorized reprint hasn’t happened.

Could it be done? Thanks to the IPA we were drinking, we decided to try. John spent months negotiating the rights. I collected every copy of The Woodworker I could get, many of them bound into annual editions.

Then the real work began.

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I won’t bore you with the details of the last seven years, but last night I printed out the first 771 pages of Vol. 1, Tools and Techniques for copy editing. We still have 400 pages left to design – an arduous process because we are rebuilding the pages from the ground up. This isn’t a scan-and-jam, print-on-demand book.

This first volume will be 1,100 pages – the maximum our bindery can handle. The second volume will be 700 pages.

Each time we touch this work for editing or design, we are personally amazed. This first volume might be 1,100 pages at 8.5” x 11”, but the density of information makes it feel like 2,000 pages. Every illustration (there are thousands) and page is packed with woodworking, mainlined and right to the vein.

Our goal is to publish Vol. 1 in time for Christmas. I won’t have information on pricing or availability until late fall, so I’m going to ignore those questions from people who didn’t make it this far into the blog entry.

Vol. 2 will be next year. My next book will be 32 pages long with lots of doodle space.

— Christopher Schwarz

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Filed under: Charles H. Hayward at The Woodworker
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WORK No. 166 - Published May 21 1892

Work Magazine Reprint Project - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

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ARTICLES FOUND IN THIS ISSUE:
HOW TO CONTROL THE GAS-METER

HOW TO LEARN DRAWING OFFICE WORK

INDUCTION COILS: HOW TO MAKE AND WORK THEM

SLATERS' WORK

HOWW TO MAKE AND WORK THE SPECTROSCOPE

BENT IRON WORK AND HOW TO DO IT

MODEL BOAT-MAKING FOR BOYS

SCIENCE TO DATE

TRADE: PRESENT AND FUTURE

SHOP


Disclaimer: Articles in Work describe materials and methods that would not be considered safe or advisable today. We are not responsible for the content of these magazines, and cannot take any responsibility for anyone attempting projects or procedures described therein.
The first issue of Work was published on March 23rd, 1889. The goal of this project is to release digital copies of the individual issues starting on the same date in 2012, effectively republishing the materials 123 years to the day from their original release.
The original printing was on thin, inexpensive paper. There are many cases of uneven inking and bleed-through from the page behind. Our copies of Work come from bound library volumes of these issues and are subject to unfavorable trimming, missing covers, etc. To minimize harm to these fragile volumes, we've undertaken the task of scanning the books ourselves. We do considerable post processing of the scans to make them clear but please bear with us if a margin is clipped too close, or a few words are unreadable. We would like to thank James Vasile and Karl Fogel for their help in supplying us with a book scanner and enabling this project to get off the ground.
You are welcome to download, print, and pretty much do what you want with the scan for your own personal purposes. Feel free to post a link or a copy on your blog or website. All we ask is a link back to the original project and this blog. We are not answering requests for commercial downloads or reprinting at this time.


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Roy Underhill, working the crowd at Handworks 2015, and telling...

Giant Cypress - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 3:18am


Roy Underhill, working the crowd at Handworks 2015, and telling a story about his encounter with Asian woodworking.

The Magazine I Always Wanted to Read

The Workbench Diary - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 2:46am

The magazine launch has gone well and there’s been a good amount of interest so far. Right now, I and a handful of top drawer authors are working on the articles. There is a lot of coordination with this kind of collaborative project so it’s very different from the blog in that way. Takes a little getting used to.

In about half an hour I’m hopping in the car to make my way down to Portsmouth, NH to interview one of the premier scholars of historic American furniture. It has been my observation that there is a tremendous gap between today’s woodworkers and decorative arts scholars. Many of the woodworkers I know read scholarly writings regularly but that’s about where the connection ends. It seems to me that few makers have a good understanding of museum philosophies, curatorial responsibilities, and how furniture fits into that context. I would like to change that with this interview. What does a curator do exactly? What documents do you study to come to conclusions about a furniture maker’s life story 200 years ago? What about the future of cultural preservation?

It should be a wonderful time. I’m excited to share this content with you all. Honestly, Mortise and Tenon is the magazine I’ve always wanted to read. A blend of period practice tutorials, sound scholarship, and a minimal ad-free aesthetic. An annual that’s 130 pages of body copy? It’s more like a book than a magazine. Yes, Issue One is looking pretty exciting.
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I'll be working in the slow lane......

Accidental Woodworker - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 1:33am
I took monday and tuesday off from work and spent both days in the shop. When I woke up tuesday and wednesday morning I felt like crap. I was sore and aching  all over. I think my eyebrows hurt too but I can't be sure on that. I couldn't figure out why - I was on vacation and I thought I was taking my time working on the table. It turns out that I wasn't wearing my T-shirt that had the big red S on it.

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I am not as young as I think I am nor can I do the things I did just a few short years ago. Well not all day long anymore. Moving this table top around was why I felt so bad. This is very heavy and awkward to move. Add to that I had to be extra careful not to drop it, chip it, bang it, or other wise cause any misery to myself. I was asking muscles I haven't used for a while to pony up and they protested on me. I think today and tomorrow I'll try to do things that don't involve me moving the table top or using my eyebrows.

I need 12 pegs for pinning the bread boards

I stopped counting after 21
I'll save the making of the dowels for later. I still have to decide on a size and I'm leaning in the direction of 5/16" right now. I think 1/4" is too thin for the 1" thick bread boards.

filling the holes is the next batter
two drops of ebony stain
I used this epoxy and ebony stain before but I don't recall the actual application. I don't know if it stood the test of time or not. We'll see how this one shakes out.

seems to be mixing ok
filled in five holes - the initial look is ok
case hardened
This is the tapered offcut from the tapered rip cut I did on the table top. The end slammed shut and stopped the saw blade dead. I pulled it out and did it again with the same result. Two saw cuts and the end still is slammed shut. I had to finish this saw cut with the bandsaw - much to dangerous to try and do on the tablesaw.

reinforcing cleats on my new gluing risers
I'm not sure I'm going to use these as they did some pretty good stupid wood tricks already.

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I saw an example of this on Tico Vogt's blog here and I'm giving it a try.  I have a wagon vise that I use now and I like it. But at times the vise handle gets in the way of the planes, especially the #7. This will work for doing boards on edge but not the face. For that I'll have to figure out something myself.

offcuts from the opposite side
I sawed a 45 on the ends to dress them up some.  Gluing these on the bottom should beef this up considerably. I didn't get to that today and I'll add it to the slow thursday shop time.

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I'll be adding a bit more to this one. This was the biggest hole I had to fill. Out of the 5 holes that I filled with epoxy, I will have to refill 4 of them. I'll do that tomorrow and give this epoxy 24 hours to set up. When I checked this it still felt a little soft. That could be a problem if the ebony dye keeps the epoxy from setting.

I got another coat of shellac on the drawer fronts and I'm stopping there. I want to get two more coats of shellac on the base also. That sounds like another job for slow thursday shop time.

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trivia corner
In 1945 Eleanor Roosevelt came in first in a Fortune magazine poll to determine the most famous woman. Who came in second?
answer - Betty Crocker a fictitious character made up for promoting General Mills products in 1921

Chuck Bender, Great Woodworking Instructor or Greatest Woodworking Instructor?*

The Furniture Record - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 9:32pm

At 9:05 Monday morning I hear a voice telling us “You’re behind schedule!” Class started at 9:00.

The voice was that of our instructor, Chuck Bender. The us was the first three students of 360 Woodworking’s hands-on classes. The what is building a Pennsylvania spice box. The where was at the 360 Woodworking complex in West Chester township, Ohio. The why was…  because we could? It seemed like a good idea at the time?

The point Mr. Bender was trying to make was that as many times as he had taught the class at his Acanthus Workshop in Pennsylvania, no one had ever finished the box. His hope was that by the end of the week we would have the carcass finished, dividers installed, door and hardware installed and maybe one drawer assembled. The only hard deadline was that at 5:00 PM Friday, we go home.

For those of you who do not have the distinct privilege of knowing Chuck Bender, let me give you some background. Chuck has been building furniture since he was 12, so he claims. For ten years he worked at Irion Company Furniture Makers leaving as head of their chair and casework production. Since 1991, he has earned the reputation as a builder of the highest quality18th century reproduction furniture. In 2007, he started the Acanthus Workshop to become a woodworking mentor, instructor and author (content producer?).

The Bender as lecturer.

The Bender as lecturer.

in 2013, he moved west to become the senior editor at a popular woodworking magazine. In 2014, Chuck, Bob Lang and Glen Huey formed 360 WoodWorking – a new concept in woodworking education.

We students were there to see what it all meant. It was a good class. It was actually a great class. This class allowed me to work the way I work in my shop. I enjoy the hand-tool focused classes I have taken but breaking down and dimensioning lumber goes much more quickly with tools that plug in. As another woodworking sage pointed out, it is good to have hand tool knowledge so that you are not forced to use power tools, but you can. Options are good.

We (students) could pretty much work at our own speed. We would start the day at roughly the same place, diverge during the day and somehow end the day at roughly the same place. Chuck wasn’t hovering but letting each find their own path. He was there to bring us back if we went to far afield and most importantly, drive us to lunch.

The spice box not finished.

The spice box not finished.

The spice box not finished with the door open.

The spice box not finished with the door open. Drawers coming soon.

Chuck breaks things down into manageable segments while keeping in mind the big picture. He does a good job of explaining while not being afraid of letting our eyes glaze over occasionally. it is good to make us think and figure out a few things for ourselves.

Unfinished spice box with poplar back.

Unfinished spice box with poplar back.

Did I mention Glen Huey was there too serving as shop and teaching assistant, social media documentarian and lunch consultant. We couldn’t have eaten without him.

Doesn't it look like we had fun.

Doesn’t it look like we had fun.

This class was also the first chance I had to try out my new (second) Moxon vise. This is a new design by local wood machinist Mike Payst and built in a Triangle Woodworkers Assoc. weekend workshop.

I brought both of my Moxon vises and used the new one.

I brought both of my Moxon vises and used the new one. I also brought a smaller one.

So, Chuck Bender, great woodworking instructor or greatest woodworking instructor?*  Well, he is at least pretty good. I need to take more classes to say definitively. Your results may vary.

*With apologies to Stephen Colbert. If you don’t know what I mean, don’t sweat it.


Nearly All The Bells And Whistles.

Inside the Oldwolf Workshop - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 9:31pm

The new workbench I bodged into place last fall needed some of the bells and whistles attached if I was going to make serious use of it this year. After all a bench isn't a bench without the handful of workholding devices that make life easier.

In my book a bench needs three things

1. Dog and Holdfast holes. Drilled where appropriate.

2. A Leg Vise. This is going to be yet forthcoming. I can't make up my mind on which hardware to buy (or how to earn the extra scratch needed)

3. A Plane Stop. As some of you remember I received this Perfect Workbench Punctuation last fall from Tom Latane.

A little while ago I managed to drill my initial holdfast hole locations and set about installing the plane stop.


I started by making a 3"x 3" Square hole in the bench top and milling down a blank of clear white pine to fit snugly. I know what you're thinking, isn't that supposed to be made from hardwood? I guess the answer is yes but there are a lot of "suppose to do" things I just ignore. I think it relates to issues with authority in general.


To go along with the new plane stop I made a few new notched battens or "doe's feet" from some 1/2" plywood scrap. Since these photos I've also glued a third sheet of 150 grit sandpaper to the underside to increase the grippitude.  


Yes it will scratch the workbench top but no worse than errant saw and chisel marks. This is a workbench not a sacred altar to thumb twiddling. The sandpaper improves and already great tool. It's not like I've gone to the blasphemy of hitting the whole top with a toothing plane. (Oh wait, I just ordered a toothing plane from Hyperkitten


In the meantime, still pre-leg vise, I've been using the plane stop and a wooden hand clamp for edge planing. It works well in most cases and I'd almost fore-go my dreams of a Benchcrafted leg vise if not for the sliding deadman I built into the new bench. 

Well that and eventually working with wider stock. 


Everything was working well, until the pine block holding the plane stop dried out a tiny amount, or the bench top changed a little around the stop hole. Not much but enough to affect the movement and make it loose especially when it's set around 1/2" high or lower, which is most of the time. I thought through my solutions, from making a new block to installing some ball catch or spring plate hardware. 

In the end I went a bit low tech and simply glued a couple sheets of heavy sketchbook paper to two faces of the block like it was a sheet of veneer. 

Problem solved as quick as the glue set up and I trimmed the paper I was back in business. There is still a little slop so I'm considering adding another paper thickness or so to refine that, but it works much better now at any rate. 


Ratione et Passionis
Oldwolf
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The Faces Of Handworks 2015

Benchcrafted - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 8:25pm

It wasn't just about tools or wood. In fact, it may be least about those things. If you were at Handworks 2015, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

For more, see Bartee Lamar's excellent slideshow here.







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Why did you start working with wood?

Paul Sellers - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:24pm

It’s obvious from your responses to different posts which ones appeal to a larger percentage and one of the highest is working with your hands and earning all or some percentage of your living from being a woodworker. I know the goal is to make your living which of course is important, but dismantling the goal of making money alone has been the most difficult aspect of my work.

Through the decades of working as a furniture maker  I have always made a living, so just what does that mean. I think I have worked for myself and to my own schedule most of my life. That has never once meant nine to five. It’s never been a five day week and it’s never been a guaranteed weekly wage. How about going two months with no pay? How bout 6 1/2 days a week and how about 14 hours in any given day. Disappointed? Well, I don’t know I would have traded it for an hour or two traveling to work during rush hour to start and end my day. I know I enjoyed walking from the house through to the workshop at 7am and not wasting time anxiously trying to get to work on time. I was already there.

I have only used a computer for a short time really, compared to others, I had to learn, but nothing I have ever done on one compares to working from 7am until 9 or 10 pm making something from wood. Is that silly? I know, “Paul, Get a life!” Well, there isn’t a day of it I would change, really. Can you believe that? I’m not really talking about odd days like that in a given month or so. More a pretty normal day. I’m grateful to my wife. She was with me the whole time and never asked me to “get a real job.” Funny thing really. She never saw her life as separate from mine. We were always together and united in our vision for family life, family business and being together in the day to day of life. I liked it when she brought tea and biscuits out mid morning and we sat in the garden and talked about work, the children, the customers, shipping out projects and then the things surrounding us in the garden, in the house and simple things like that. We did that a couple of time s a day and then always had lunch together too. We didn’t ever talk about having our own space or private time out, stuff like that. She was never interested in woodworking and never really worked with me that way, but we understood this was the life we wanted for our family life. Family being together kind of counters some of the effects the Industrial Revolution has in our today’s-world as best we can. It’s reversing some of the negatives, keeping the best of the past, uniting it with the present and living it with the loves of your life. In my case my wife, my children, my grandchildren and my friends. And of course woodworking, metal working, leather working, painting and drawing, writing photography and watching life around me in nests and trees and fields and woods.

I designed a pair of these Mesquite credenzas for the Permanent Collection of the White House in 2008/9 and delivered them too. I met President G.W. Bush and his wife in the process.

The ambitions we have are often different and so they should be. My goal was to be self employed being a woodworker and making my designs. Some of my designs were  worth more than a mere day’s pay and I charged for both my labour rate plus the design according to its worth. But I engineered a path leading away from making things purely on the basis of money because I realised there had to be something more rewarding and that meant getting back to why I became a woodworker you see. I was fifteen when I started this and it was what I wanted to do. I didn’t start working to make an income but to work with wood. I didn’t need money, didn’t do it for money and yet the fascination of working wood motivated me more than anything else. And guess what? When I wake up every morning, that’s after 50 years of daily woodworking, it still fascinates me. When and if I did it for money and when I did make money in larger amounts than normal I felt something died. I even lost interest sometimes. I became aware that my love for woodworking was my first and foremost motivation and it was rewarding and fulfilling to return to the place where woodworking could hold the content of something I really cared for. Of course there is something honest about earning income and paying your way. I could make money from my work and still enjoy woodworking. Even when I worked twice as long and twice as hard as others might expect of themselves, my work gave me great reward. The saying, “Don’t work hard work smart.” means nothing to me. I don’t agree with it. I love hard work that includes critical thinking ending in results. Stepping outside the dream others have for you or even try to impose on any vision you have can sometimes take a tough stance but starting to live to establish new ideals can lead to looking back and say it’s been real is well worth it.

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