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 […]
This is just a great video, a lovely simple project that I will be having a go at over the Xmas break
I want to share some ideas about what craft means to me. My starting point will be an essay by Chris Eckersley as part of his exhibition “Real Craft” He starts the essay “The idea of things being ‘crafted’ has rarely been as popular as it is today. Whereas in the 1990s the marketing buzz-word […]
A couple of weeks ago I took my lathe to Acton Scott the place where Victorian Farm series was filmed to film for a special episode of Countryfile which will all be about traditional crafts. Ellie had a go at making a plate on the lathe. The program will also feature my friend Adrian Legge […]
I care passionately about traditional crafts but had no idea that anyone in the UK still made wooden lacrosse sticks. It turns out Tom Becket, just over the hill from me in Eccles has been making them for 50 years. The BBC reported last week that Tom will retire at the end of the year […]