playing in the snow

One of the beauties of being self employed is being free to catch rare opportunities when they present themselves. Today school was closed so all the village kids were at home. They spent the morning sledging then they all came to ours for lunch and a film. Afterwards a bunch of us dads got together […]

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a gate a blacksmith and a bench

Yesterday Darren the blacksmith brought my gate back. It took him a lot longer than he expected but I am very pleased with the result. Today I have been working on a bench. This is for a local National Trust property, it started as a an order for a copy of my Charlton on Otmoor […]

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“Englands last master Cooper”

This interesting article appeared in the Telegraph 14/01/09 “England’s last remaining master cooper Alastair Simms has predicted that the nation’s barrel-making trade will go to the grave with him. “ Mr Simms said his “only regret” is that no one will carry on the trade when he retires Mr Simms, 45, began working as an […]

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a new japanese carpenters axe

Yesterday I received a very exciting parcel through the post, my German Friend Hannes after his carpentry apprenticeship spent his journeyman time working in Japan with traditional temple builders. When he helped me build our timber framed logstore I coveted his beautiful Japanese tools and in particular a gorgeous carpenters axe. Hannes has just been […]

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baby bowl

A couple of years ago I was contacted by a researcher studying Viking bowls from excavations in Dublin. Her research was interrupted by maternity leave but we are now back in touch and here is a picture of 1 year old Aoife with her wooden bowl, a copy of a medieval design but still working […]

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