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Well it’s all over now but SPOONFEST 2013 was a blast. If you’ve not heard of it SPOONFEST is a gathering of 230 or so wonderful  people from 11 countries sharing the love of carving wooden spoons. We provide a huge marquee, some of the best teachers in the world, great wood, campfires, BBQs and lots […]

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I love eating from wooden bowls, I love hearing from folk who eat from my wooden bowls and I love most of all seeing photos of those bowls in use. I tell folk that they get nicer as they are used more but pictures of well used bowls tell the story so much better. So […]

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juggling with axes and other fun stuff

Most blog readers will know I enjoy using a well balanced axe, probably not many know I am also a keen juggler and have lots of friends who were profesional performers. I once rode my unicycle around the top of the world trade centre. So you can imagine my excitement when I saw a show advertised bringing […]

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Majorca a woodsman’s walking tour

Majorca is famous for cheap package tours to the sun, stag and hen parties at Magaluf and the likes.  There is another side to the island, the North coast is mountainous, wild and has a long distance footpath running along it’s length, perfect for a cheap camping holiday in May. I went with my son […]

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black and white

These Bowls and plates are commissioned for a new shop in Mayfair called The New Craftsmen. I am really pleased with the way they have turned out, bowls in sycamore some flame blackened, plates in beech.  The blackened bowls are something I used to do quite often 10 years or so ago but have not done recently. […]

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Tea at Buckingham Palace and other stuff

It’s a long way from my normal habitat of an old workshop filled with woodshavings but here I am at Buckingham Palace for tea and cakes at a garden party, the Queen was wearing pink too. For anyone that is interested “tea” involves cucumber sandwiches with fresh mint leaves on mothers pride style white bread with the […]

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John Merritt woodcarver

This is quite some distance from the sort of green wood carving that I enjoy or the medieval woodwork that inspires me but I love to see anyone who does stuff purely for pleasure and it’s lovely to hear him talking about his work. The pliers cut from a single piece of wood are pretty […]

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