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Jamestown and Bideford

This is the last day of the year when the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Jamestown settlement was celebrated in America and some parts of the UK. Unfortunately we heard very little of... read more

Classic Handtools

Perhaps you have seen my Chistmas round up of new tools for Furniture & Cabinetmaking magazine, Issue 135? I made a grave mistake by failing to mention that several of them are only available in... read more

USA versus UK language usage

There is one variation of usage which has struck me forcibly after many years of reading American magazines and Reviews. Larry Williams' wooden moulding plane making dvd was described recently on Woodnet as being quite... read more

Flattening Traditional Oilstones

I have been watching Larry Williams excellent new dvd on the making of traditional side escapement wooden planes, which has just been published by Lie-Nielsen The working example is a matched pair, a round... read more

Short Course Dates 08 and Entertainment

Finally and regretfully, slightly later than advertised, short course dates for 2008 are now posted on my website. They are available from late January, which is a departure from the usual schedule. I go into a... read more