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John Brown  |  Oct 05, 2008  |  0 comments
One of JB’s favourite subjects was hand tools – or rather the advantages of hand tools over machines. Of course he had a holistic approach to the matter. My grandmother had y a theory that the heartbeat hadn’t altered since time began, and that the pace of life should be regulated by that fact. Even 50 years ago she could not understand what all the rush was about. She used to tell me that most of life’s ills were…

John Brown  |  Oct 04, 2008  |  0 comments
There is little question here that John Brown found an inner peace in chairmaking and we dare say he enjoyed a level of happiness in his work that few truly find. His column in early 2001 championed woodworking for beating stress. And while his copy offered a typically eclectic mix of anecdote and empiricism, it was in a small aside titled ‘A chairmaker’s notes’ that John Brown revealed (not for the first time) his tactile if…

The Woodworker  |  Sep 20, 2007  |  0 comments
It’s Saturday in High Wycombe. In 96 hours, Peter Rolfe’s writing desk has to be finished and in Cheltenham, ready for the opening of the Betty Norbury — the familiar shorthand for the annual Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design exhibition of which Betty is the curator. It’s a deadline that Peter can’t afford to miss: the exhibition is arguably the premier showcase for…

Tegan Foley  |  Mar 09, 2022  |  First Published: Mar 08, 2022  |  0 comments
As most woodworkers and woodturners know, Record Power is a world-renowned UK brand, with historic roots planted firmly in Sheffield. In recent years, the company has focused on developing and expanding its UK-based manufacturing capacity, beginning with the acquisition of the CamVac brand of dust extraction machines back in 2014
Steven Winter  |  Oct 24, 2014  |  0 comments

Rising furntiure, cleverly designed, simple, elegant and functional. Robert Van Embricqs focuses on combining functionality with an esthetically pleasing look, this is flexible furniture that reverts to its basic form. A collection that can be stored completely flat when not in use. Robert starts out by making small incisions in a flat surface and studies the otherwise rigid wood’s reaction to the new shape. When it comes to…

Darren Loucaides  |  Apr 07, 2008  |  0 comments

Squeezing past the carcases of half finished furniture, and threading between the makers who’re wielding hand tools, working at a huge tablesaw and around a state-of-the-art vacuum press, we finally reach the narrow design office that is the nucleus of Matthew Burt’s industrious workshop. He lifts his eyes briefly from his drawing board and shakes hands: “Hang on a minute. I just have to finish this layout; I’ve got a…

Tegan Foley  |  Feb 02, 2023  |  0 comments
Choosing to join forces for the benefit of their members and bringing together those with a passion for woodworking, The Southern Fellowship of Woodworkers (SFWW) and Church Crookham and Fleet Men’s Shed (CCFMS) continue to successfully collaborate and expand, says SFWW Secretary, Tim McGinn
Tegan Foley  |  Nov 07, 2022  |  0 comments

Are you interested in helping to build a British aviation icon? Aero Vintage Limited is on the lookout for capable woodworkers

Tegan Foley  |  Oct 19, 2022  |  0 comments
After much hard work and deliberation, we finally present the 2022 award winners, which coincides with a physical prize-giving ceremony and exhibition
Tegan Foley  |  Apr 23, 2022  |  0 comments

A showcase of The Alan Peters Online Furniture Award 2021 winners and their fantastic pieces, alongside an online ceremony and virtual exhibition, organised by Jeremy Broun

Tegan Foley  |  Mar 31, 2024  |  0 comments
With the entry deadline looming for the Alan Peters Online Furniture Award 2024, Jeremy Broun gives his suggestions on design parameters to consider and advises that this is a great opportunity to create something new
Ben Plewes  |  Sep 15, 2008  |  0 comments
I’m driving through Bristol to find the workshop of Niall Meadows, Toby Howes, Andy Butterly and Steve McIlveen: a group of furniture makers who, when they finished college, elected to stay together and form a cooperative where they work independently but under the same roof, rather than going their own separate ways.

As the car’s sat-nav homes in on my destination it takes me left off Gloucester Road and down a small alleyway…

Darren Loucaides  |  Apr 07, 2008  |  0 comments

Click here for 'Root & Branches', the Matthew Burt profile piece by Darren Loucaides.

Kim has enjoyed spending a few weeks gathering work experience in Matthew’s workshop; the rest of the team have been together for several years

Good Woodworking  |  Oct 22, 2008  |  0 comments

We’re on the cliffs above Blackgang Chine on the Isle of Wight. Behind us, to the north, the skies are bruised and heavy with the threat of approaching rain. But before us, the glass top of a table — part-silvered by the autumn sun — reflects the passage of billowing clouds as they catch the wind in their huge sails and trail their shadows southwards over the mirrored sea, over the horizon, and over the edge of the glass.…

Tegan Foley  |  Sep 27, 2022  |  0 comments
Master Craftsman Kevin Gauld outlines the construction of an iconic piece of furniture, which also encapsulates the story of a group of people, a time and a place, as told by John Greeves