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Mark Cass  |  Jun 26, 2015  |  0 comments


They say that change is the only certainty in life, and right now I’m in full agreement. Things at my Neon Saw workshop have been chugging along nicely for quite a while, rubbing shoulders with Roy, my landlord, as he tackles a wide variety of cars and vans in his rambling garage premises alongside. It turns out he’s finally calling it quits after many a long year, and a new team of motor engineers will soon be…

Andrea Hargreaves  |  Jun 19, 2015  |  0 comments


No-one could have been more relieved than UK Squad trainer Christian Notley that the contest to find the young maker to represent the country at WoldSkills in Brazil was finally over, and in this issue we look at the selection competition which cruelly saw three very talented young men reduced to one who was judged to just have the edge over the other two. We can testify to the narrowness of the victory. Spoiler alert here:…

Mark Cass  |  Jun 01, 2015  |  0 comments


What makes a woodworker? This is one of those philosophical questions that drift in and out of one’s mind from time to time, and is occasionally brought into focus. The answers are never really fully formed, but seem to be periodically added to and built upon as time goes by and experiences and observations make themselves known. Certainly a spot of creativity is a must; an appreciation of hard work and its fulsome…

Andrea Hargreaves  |  May 22, 2015  |  0 comments

Welcome   Fashion on the Ration, at London’s Imperial War Museum until 31 August, is a nostalgia fest bound to appeal to hoarders of offcuts and strange stain experiments in jam-jars.  So with Make Do and Mend on my mind I resolved to donate four clumpy Windsors to the local furniture charity setup and replace them with an artfully mismatched set of diners. In a month I had acquired a couple of renovated chairs at £25…

Mark Cass  |  May 01, 2015  |  0 comments


Listen Don’t just stand there, sharpen something! This is a phrase I find myself using most weeks in my Level 1 Carpentry class to anyone who is just mooning around or generally giving the impression of being a work-shy idler. Now I’m all for tea and lunch breaks, but when you’re in the workshop I think you should be doing something; dreamtime can be fitted in to just about any other moment in the day.…

Andrea Hargreaves  |  Apr 17, 2015  |  0 comments


It should go without saying that woodwork is a potentially dangerous pursuit, but we’re all grown ups aren’t we! So rather than pretend that chainsaws don’t exist I’m happy to include examples of what can be done with them in Good Woodworking. I trust you to put one of these fearsome machines into action only if you have had the appropriate training – and even then always with the utmost care…

Mark Cass  |  Apr 03, 2015  |  0 comments


Don’t believe a word I say! When it comes to being asked for our opinions, there can’t be many of us who come over all shy and reticent. For the majority of woodworkers, when presented with this very invitation, you can almost hear the mental rolling-up of sleeves as they prepare a lengthy diatribe. And if it’s on a topic which they actually know something about – instead of one on which only a vague…

Andrea Hargreaves  |  Mar 20, 2015  |  0 comments


Back from the Yorkshire road trip I’m the person we run away from, the one who says, “I must just show you this holiday pic,” and then has you squinting at their iPhone as they thumb through the lot… but you’ve really got to look at the work of our two Yorkshire lads, Jacob Pugh and Luke Caley. In the next issue we reach the final leg, when we unveil a revolutionary and very special dovetail…

Mark Cass  |  Mar 06, 2015  |  0 comments


With the approximation of a wisdom acquired slowly through the years, I’ve come to realise that I don’t actually know everything, and that much of what I do or say isn’t always the best course of action. And when it comes to woodworking matters, well, the situation is even more interesting.

Andrea Hargreaves  |  Feb 20, 2015  |  0 comments


I’ve just returned from GW’s annual busman’s holiday, this time with TW’s Mark Cass in charge of the camera, on a road trip around North Yorkshire which introduced us to the Thirsk Furniture Trail, in this issue, and to young makers in York and a talented saw maker in Scarborough, about which more in future issues . Yes, it was a hard two days on your behalves, braving blizzards, exchanging…

Mark Cass  |  Feb 06, 2015  |  0 comments


The other day I had to make a couple of simple casement window sashes and, thinking about the job the night before, I couldn’t remember if I had enough timber in stock to make a ready start or if an early morning trip to the timber yard would be necessary first. Now I always enjoy a visit to my local merchant. They’re down by the docks near my workshop, and there’s often a boat or two chugging past or some…

Andrea Hargreaves  |  Jan 23, 2015  |  0 comments

Welcome   For anyone seeking to set up a workshop in London the prices are prohibitive, but former GW Editor Mark Gould used a bit of nous, accepted a little discomfort and settled in underneath the arches of Bow for not very much at all. How much thought do most makers give to the milling process? With a bit of investment you could do your own in the woods. Earmark your tree, take a chainsaw safety course, buy a bit of kit and in…

Mark Cass  |  Jan 16, 2015  |  0 comments


New technology is great, isn’t it? At least while it’s all working as intended, that is. The minute it starts to play up it’s a very different picture indeed… Now, the lucky ones amongst us will have a small child or a random surly teenager knocking about the place. If this is the case, then all is fine and your problems will soon be resolved. I love their fearlessness and seemingly natural intuition…

Andrea Hargreaves  |  Dec 27, 2014  |  0 comments

How do you get inspiration? For Edward Hopkins it comes from looking about him: furniture in his local café gave him the idea of a table he and his daughter could make together. For cover star Marc Fish it is seen all around him and translates into gorgeous shapes that may or may not be made of wood. For Bernard Greatrix inspiration was dictated by shape and space available. Regarding the Wood Awards, we’ll fully understand if…

Mark Cass  |  Dec 06, 2014  |  0 comments


Years ago, when I was on the antiques, I was helping a dealer to load a large break-front bookcase into a Luton van when he happened to remark – between breathless gasps – that if he ever had his time again, he’d be a dealer in watches and jewellery. ‘Yeah,’ he said, ‘just put the stuff in your pocket. The most you’d have to carry around would be…


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