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Tegan Foley  |  Jan 05, 2022  |  0 comments
Furniture maker and designer Tom Galt’s passion for creating sleek, hand-crafted pieces is strongly evident, as Martin Pim-Keirle discovers
Tegan Foley  |  May 19, 2022  |  0 comments
Pub signs bear their names for sound – if sometimes obscure – reasons, and in total offer a fascinating reflection of English history and social change, as Paul Greer goes on to demonstrate
Tegan Foley  |  Jan 27, 2022  |  0 comments
Jim Sutherland tells us why, after all these years, his Grandfather’s old tools still hold such a central place in his tool cupboard
Ben Plewes  |  Aug 28, 2009  |  0 comments
Economists would have you believe this is no time for launching risky new ventures. As for a venture founded on manufacturing techniques similar to those used before the Industrial Revolution, you’d be forgiven for thinking that sounds more than a little ‘risky’. But that’s just what Richard Maguire’s up to with his budding woodwork business, and he isn’t phased whatsoever by the current spate of pessimistic…

Ben Plewes  |  Aug 27, 2009  |  0 comments
Click here for Part 1   Bold new venture This past couple of years has seen Richard take to the workshop as a full time occupation, building furniture to order for all sorts of clients – some even prepared to pay well. More recently though, the bulk of workshop time has been dedicated to a new venture: making some of the finest woodworking benches around. Richard has chosen to concentrate on two classic designs, the Dominy…

Tegan Foley  |  Dec 16, 2021  |  0 comments

Having to relocate their thriving Men’s Shed to a new building and start things from scratch, the project is still a work in progress. Here, Clive Handy of Bordon Men’s Shed talks about their recruitment drive and search for new members, to not only help build the workshops, but also carry on the legacy

Tegan Foley  |  Jul 28, 2022  |  0 comments
Currently being undertaken by a team of maritime experts and volunteers, John Greeves talks to Master Shipwright Tim Kirk about building a full-size replica of the Sutton Hoo burial ship
Dave Roberts  |  Dec 20, 2008  |  0 comments

The Old Grammar School, Blowinghouse Hill, Redruth. In a county like Cornwall — famous for its broken-toothed mine workings and the heavy brows of its granite cliffs long before the modern surf culture washed ashore — a name like Blowinghouse Hill conjures a picture all of its own, doesn’t it? Stern, institutional, crumbling and paint-peeling, the Old Grammar School is what Vivian Stanshall would have called ‘Miss…

Tegan Foley  |  Nov 19, 2021  |  0 comments

Based in a small workshop in North Yorkshire, Shane Skelton and his wife Jacqueline work tirelessly to create the finest examples of handmade English craftsmanship – bespoke saws designed to last a lifetime

Steven Winter  |  Oct 09, 2014  |  0 comments

The innovative talents of David Roentgen and his inventive European furniture making. This work features finely worked marquetry panels combined with ingenious mechanisms using weights and springs, which with just the press of a button or turn of a key can activate the opening of adjacent doors, popping-out of drawers, hidden niches and secret mirrors. These objects seem almost to turn themselves inside out. Furniture as art is…

Dave Roberts  |  Feb 07, 2008  |  0 comments
See David Oldfield's work here  

In Wiltshire, not far from Trowbridgeshireton, beside a water meadow in the curtilage of a farm that’s home to a small community of craftspeople, you’ll find David Oldfield. Or rather, you probably won’t: there’s no sign on the door, no giveaway stacks of timber. “No-one knows I’m here,” he says with the dolorous satisfaction of the successful recluse.…

Mark SBD  |  Jun 30, 2017  |  0 comments

Four routes into a career in fine woodwork

John McMahon of the John McMahon School of Fine Woodwork shares his advice on turning professional.

Dave Roberts  |  Feb 07, 2008  |  0 comments
Lotte

“Lotte, a gentleman’s dressing chest, was one of three pieces built for a wealthy financier – is there any other sort? – at the behest of his wife, who organised his life. For this piece, all she told me was, ‘Steven is quite conservative’ – that was the brief! So I took command because you have to in a situation like that.

Steven Winter  |  Jul 25, 2014  |  0 comments

 

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