Issue 282 of Good Woodworking

With Building Crafts College, London, course leader Colin Eden-Eadon out of action for most of their final year his furniture-making students could have panicked, but, backed all the way by tutors Rod Wales and Tom Kealy whom Colin describes as the lynchpins, the 15 students worked as a team, supporting each other with the result that not only have some very special pieces been produced but the graduates have a good idea of where they are going in the future. Colin, by the way, is making a good recovery and was looking forward to setting up their work at this summer’s New Designers show.

But the most beautiful furniture in the world wouldn’t get built without the necessary skills and we’ve got Michael Huntley presenting his own ideas of a college woodwork foundation course, this month showing you the correct way to flatten boards, while Robert Stephens shows you how he makes a very adaptable oak stool.

I report on a company that is as happy to repair a chair for a tenner as it is to make a bar for Jamie Oliver, and Anna Maria Espsäter visits Canadian woodworkers.

Oh, and Andy King hands out five coveted stars to DeWalt's new multitool.

Andrea Hargreaves, Editor