Back in December 2008 I first blogged about the need for a traditional crafts organisation. The Government funded Crafts Council has a limited remit for the “innovative contemporary” crafts leaving all of those of us making traditional functional work with no support or promotion at all. So it was that six years ago we had the first […]
This is Brian Alcock grinding one of my carving axes as they always used to do it in Sheffield. Brian is the last full time self employed grinder in Sheffield, the city that was once the tool capital of the world. 50 years of experience a great eye and a huge wheel running with water […]
COMPETITION CLOSED and the winner is……..Richard EadonSubmitted on 2015/02/13 at 7:15 pm an email on it’s way. Thanks everyone else for playing along. Would you like a gorgeous set of woodcarving tools for free? Well here is your chance. My spoon carving tools starter kit proved incredibly popular in the run up to Christmas. […]
If you are choosing an axe online it can be difficult to compare. I have many axes and wanted to share a comparison of the most popular carving axes alongside my own new design. Here are the Gransfors Bruks carving axe, the wildlife hatchet and my Robin Wood carving axe. And as a bonus I […]
I make hook knives for spooncarving and teach how to use them on courses so thought it might be useful for folk to have a video of how I use a hook knife to carve the bowl of a spoon. I have broken the various grips I use into three basic grips which form a […]
I often get asked how to sharpen a hook knife for spooncarving so have had a video made. It uses cheap simple tools including something that may surprise you for the inside of the hook. Hope you find it useful.
I have just made some new videos for youtube starting with how to sharpen an axe, hope you find it useful, thanks to Sophie Standford for the filming and editing.
Do you really need a book of writing on craft on your bookshelf? Is craft not about doing rather than reading? Do things not speak for themselves? Is this the real thing? If we glance sideways at the art world we see that whilst artists make, and at art college they learn to speak and […]
This is just a great 91 seconds on the philosophy of creativity, listen to this guy and feel better about the work you do. He seems like an inspiring guy check out more of his work here
These old beauties are at a scrap yard and heading to be weighed in for scrap if we can’t find a good home for them. I know nothing about them, they look at a glance like 3 phase but no doubt could have single phase motors fitted. They came from a shoe factory in Herefordshire […]