Speed drawknifing


August used to be the month we went on holiday.  Nowadays it seems to be my busiest month what with courses, shows, and caving …

SAMSUNG CSCWell, actually this is my garage/store-room and it leaks far too much, so much so that it will be destroyed and out of the ashes will be built a new glorious stone and green oak workshop with brewery area and a pitched roof. NOT a flat concrete slab that sweats and leaks, cold in Winter boiling hot in Summer.  But first I have to get this lot:

SAMSUNG CSC(You should have seen it before I started throwing things out.)

.. into this:

SAMSUNG CSCThis is a tin shed, 10 foot by 13 that my brother and I just spent 2 days putting up (including making a floating floor for it).  I think I must have screwed about 200 screws in and dropped probably 400 into the flowers.  Anyway it’s up now, and the poor flowers are down.

SAMSUNG CSCAmongst other things to go in The Shed like bee keeping equipment (photo op. for my first honey extraction:

SAMSUNG CSC) are a cast iron band saw, a second-hand multi-fuel boiler I bought in readiness for the new workshop (well for the brewery really), all my tools, two bikes, about half the last charcoal burn output (our warm Summer has suddenly stopped), various jerry cans of fuel etc, etc.  And then I need to find somewhere else secure to put the two chainsaws.  Man!

Anyways, I’ve started running spoon carving courses finally and made this totally silly spoon during the course of it.

SAMSUNG CSCYep, bark and moss on (C’mon – who’s going to buy that? – Ed):

SAMSUNG CSCThe interesting thing is the spoon is photographed casually relaxing on the roughed out top of the clover leaf top three-legged stool I’m about to make for a competition.  I’ve worked out that the legs will be truncated equilateral triangles where the draw-bored M&T joints will be in the apron and rung areas.  Then turned between on the pole lathe (important consideration for the comp).  Ah well, perhaps ye olde 17th century joinery will catch on over here one day (maybe after Peter Folansbee has taken his class here!)

I’ve been busy with oak again – another garden bench commission.  Here’s some speed drawknifing work (Not too long I hope – Ed)

So lots more shavings, and a growing pile of parts,


must make sure I don’t mix members for the stool with those for the bench.

It’s Yorkshire Day

Credits bradleynews.org

Just in case you hadn’t noticed I’m a Yorkshire lad.  OK maybe my ancestors that give me my surname go back hundreds of years as Lancastrians.  But I was born in Yorkshire, and proud of it!  Today, August the first is Yorkshire Day.  Here’s our anthem.

What does Yorkshire mean to me?  Well for a start there are more acres in Yorkshire than there are words in the bible, so it’s a big place with many valleys, or dales as we call ’em.

Ribblesdale, Malhamdale and Airedale, Wharfedale and Nidderdale, Wensleydale and Swaledale, Calderdale, Arkengarthdale, Bishopdale, Clapdale, Coverdale, Kingsdale, Littondale, Langstrothdale, Raydale, Waldendale, Ryedale, Cobbydale, Barbondale, Dentdale, Deepdale and Garsdale.

It also has wide plains: the Vales of York, Pickering and Mowbray.  High Moors and National Parks: The Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors. A 45 mile riviera.

We have the biggest and best medieval cathedral in Northern Europe (minster actually – Ed) York Minster:

We have more breweries than you can shake your glass to: Timothy Taylors, Samuel Smiths, John Smiths, Naylors, Copper Dragon, York Brewery, Black Sheep Brewery, T & R Theakstones, Barley Bottoms Brewery to name but of few of scores.

Anyway, I spent my Yorkshire Day in my clogs and at lunchtime read the Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity:

“I, (Your Name) standing here in the North Riding of Yorkshire declare:
 That Yorkshire is three Ridings and the City of York, with these Boundaries of 1139 years standing; 
 That the address of all places in these Ridings is Yorkshire; 
 That all persons born therein or resident therein and loyal to the Ridings are Yorkshiremen and women; 
 That any person or corporate body which deliberately ignores or denies the aforementioned shall forfeit all claim to Yorkshire status. 
 These declarations made this Yorkshire Day 2014.
Yorkshire forever, God Save the Queen!”
So you see anyone can be a Yorkshireman (or woman) (What even Lancastrians? – Ed), come and join us!