Links to other Sites of Interest
One thing leads to another - and the joy of it is the sheer unpredictability. And that's no less true on the web than anywhere else - so having looked around this site, where might you go next?
Here are a few ideas to get started - and of course clicking on any of these might very well open up new horizons hitherto undreamed of!
So click away, and enjoy the journey - but do come back here occasionally!
kit and Tools
Look out for useful links to suppliers of tools and workshop equipments, appearing here over the next few weeks
Classic Hand Tools
What it says on the carton - for any lover of traditional tools and skills this is a must
Like CHT above, this is just the sort of sweet-shop-substitute where a hand-work obsessive can glue nose to window and drool. I’m sure Matthew would love it you bought something, but it’s not compulsory.
Look out for useful links to websites of other woodworkers, appearing here over the next few weeks
Andrew makes fine boxes and runs courses in Church Stretton, Shropshire. He's a great teacher and I heartily recommend a spell in his workshop.
A great guy and a fantastic woodworker - take a look at his hand-made wooden hinges in particular
Not a dedicated box maker as such but one of the finest cabinetmakers around, David has devoted his life to the search for perfection, in the process analysing and often simplifying complex processes. When I decided to return to woodworking with my skills (not to mention what kit I had left) in a very rusty condition, David was generous beyond any reasonable expectation with advice and encouragement. He has made a number of training DVDs which, with his books and details of his courses, are available on his website.
An award-winning cabinetmaker, John is often to be seen demonstrating at shows where hand skills are promoted. I’ve also listed him among the people from whom I’ve purchased kit, but it was in this capacity that I first met him.
I met Lee at a craft fair and my eye was caught by his Convertable (and it’s not a spelling mistake) which can be adapted to two different heights and two different surface areas in any combination, so working as a coffee or dining table according to need. To cut a long story short, we commissioned one and we love it. If you entertain occasionally but don’t want to dedicate one room to housing a sizeable table, then Lee has the solution - along with a whole range of innovative and imaginative furniture. Check him out, why don’t you?
Yes, that's me on the cover of Good Woodworking! I guess it was the shirt more than my cover-star looks that got me there!
I'll be putting up some links to woodworking journals here shortly.