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A special delivery this afternoon

A special delivery this afternoon


A couple of oak logs to keep me busy As you know, I love turning green wood and I was lucky enough to be asked if I wanted any of the oak that has just been felled here in the village – beautiful one metre logs – I will be busy!  And as they were leaving, they asked if I might be interested in some even larger ash – we will see tomorrow!     ...Continue Reading


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Sanding Sealer and Friction Polish

Sanding Sealer and Friction Polish


If like me you use these products, it can be a problem if you live in Portugal - hard to get here (in fact impossible so far as I know).  Having them sent from the UK is now impossible through the suppliers I used to use, but Mylands have told me today that they can arrange delivery - great news! ...Continue Reading


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It has been a while – but I am back in the workshop!

It has been a while – but I am back in the workshop!

  • Workshop

  • Thursday 25 February, 2016
  • 432

A large bowl (52cms x 36cms) that I turned last spring from green oak I have been busy over the last year, working a great deal with green oak, amongst other woods.  The impetus for the larger bowls has evolved after an invitation from João Nunes, who is a Professor at the University of Aveiro and was the designer for an exhibition – Agricultura Lusitania. This exhibition was inspired by the work that is going on at ADXTUR- Agência para o Desenvolvimento Turístico das Aldeias do Xisto. A wonderful project in central Portugal.More about this shortly – meanwhile, here are a ...Continue Reading


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Wooden cutting boards versus plastic - An old argument!


I am sure many of you have heard this discussion – I know that I have often been party to the debate – for those of you who are interested, here is a post (taken from www.woodworking .co.uk) ) by Dr Dean O. Cliver, on the relative merits of wooden and plastic cutting boards – I leave the rest to him! PLASTIC AND WOODEN CUTTING BOARDSDean O. Cliver, Ph.D. We began our research comparing plastic and wooden cutting boards after the U.S. Department of Agriculture told us they had no scientific evidence to support their recommendation that plastic, rather than wooden ...Continue Reading


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Enjoying the new lathe

Enjoying the new lathe

  • Workshop

  • Tuesday 07 February, 2012
  • 154

I have now had the chance to enjoy the new arrival in the workshop - I can hardly believe that it has been nearly a year and I have not been able to spend anywhere near enough time turning!  That is the problem of a job that keeps me far too busy. But during the past months I have managed to try out the lathe and I can not sing it’s praises too highly. Here are a few pictures of a piece of ash I was given: A knotty piece of ash - 54cms x 18 cms Beautifully knotty I rough turned the ...Continue Reading


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