The Windsor Workshop Travishers

James Mursell of The Windsor Workshop has recently updated his range of travishers, we now offer all three:

Deluxe Travisher – the first of the new models is made of the engineering polymer Delrin with a solid brass toe insert in front of the blade.

Travisher Deluxe £150

Wood Travisher – this is the original Windsor Workshop travisher that has been in production for over ten years, made from Hard Maple.

Travisher Wood £120

Black Travisher – the second of the new models is completely made from Delrin, having similar if not better wearing properties than the wood travisher and is almost indestructible, totally waterproof and crack proof.

Travisher Black £105

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Who Forged Your Gransfors Bruk Axe?

Gransfors Bruk from Sweden are famous for their axes and edge tools. They have been hand forging tools for over 100 years and have a deserved reputation for their quality and product range.

Each axe is individually made so you can identify which blacksmith created your axe. The blacksmiths complete their work by stamping the Gränsfors Bruk logo and their own initials into the axe head, as a declaration that the axe has been well made and approved by the blacksmith.

Blacksmiths currently forging at Gränsfors Bruk

AS – Anders Strömstedt
BK – Kahsai Beyene
CS – Christian Sjölund
EB – Erik Blixt
EE – Emil Bohjort Engberg
ES – Erik Sjöström
EW – Eseyas Brhane
JB – Jonas Berglund
LH – Linus Hejmer
MB – Mattias Blixt
MF – Martin Forslund
MS – Mikael Sundberg
TT – Tobias Thelin

Blacksmiths who have forged at Gränsfors Bruk

AM – Anders Magnusson
CK – Claudia Kowalek
CM – Christoffer Malm
DF – David Faxby
DG – Daniel Gräntz
DP – Domingo Gas Pallarés
HD – Henrik Danielsson
HF – Håkan Frank
JE – Joakim Eriksson
JH – John Hårdsten
JMH – Jessica Mona Hassel
KB – Kyle Benkwitz
LP – Lennart Pettersson
MH – Marcus Hulin
MM – Mattias Mattsson
KS – Kjell-Åke Sjölund
LE – Lars Enander
PJA – Paul James Alford
PH – Patrik Hansson
RA – Rune Andersson
UN – Ulrik Nilsson
US – Ulrika Stridsberg

The Gransfors Bruk story
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Up Your Game

Learn to carve with Master Woodcarver, Chris Pye

Just click here, no strings attached – available for a limited time only.

Learn to carve with Master Woodcarver, Chris Pye

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Albert Goes Mobile

Albert Goes Mobile

The Classic Hand Tools team, led magnificently by tech guru Albert, have been beavering away quietly for months in order to update our website  ( to ensure it is mobile friendly.

We have now launched so please refresh your browser and see what our updated website looks like. Our aim was to keep the feel of the original website whilst making improvements – evolution rather than revolution. We think we have achieved this but we are a little too close to it. So we, especially Albert who has had sleepless nights about this launch, would love your feedback. Please let us know what you think.

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Westonbirt Woodworks Open Days

Classic Hand Tools stand at Westonbirt Woodworks

A few shots of the Westonbirt Woodworks venue……


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Bill Carter Was Struck by Cupid’s Arrow, But it Was the Bow that Got Him

Grab yourself a cuppa and have a read of Linda’s (of Hock Tools) interview with Bill Carter. Linda was inspired to write this piece after chatting with Bill & Sarah about the planes at last years European Woodworking Show.




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Inspirational Visit to Start the Year

Super lucky 14-19 year olds in the East of London.

Mike Hancock and Alex Primmer from Classic Hand Tools were privileged and excited to visit the set up for hand tool woodworking training at the London Design and Engineering University Technical College (LDE UTC) on the edge of the Royal Docks.

Despite this being temporary building with smart portacabins bolted together this place was amazing. Principal Designate Geoffrey Fowler gave us the whirlwind tour including the robotics workshops, the Lego Room and so much more.

Students can really progress here and the woodworking hand skills area as important for students to be able to relate to how things are made, rather than it being just a programmed thing for a machine to do. It widens their knowledge.

More to come as in 2019 the college moves a few metres into a state of the art super building overlooking the dock and London’s City Airport.

Our short visit was inspirational.  Well done Geoffrey Fowler and your team for getting it off the ground. Hundreds of lucky students are going to have a magnificent facility to learn and thrive in.

Thank you to Derek Jones for our invite and well done on helping create an impressive woodworking setup here.

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Staked Sawbenches

Staked Bench

With a pair of saw benches à la Chris Schwarz (from The Anarchists Design Book  – published by Lost Art Press) on the horizon for my next build, my eyes have been peeled looking for staked furniture or anything that provides inspiration for such a project. I always like seeing a range of pieces in the style of the project I’m about to work on as it opens my eyes to more than just the initial inspiration I had to build it in the first place.

And what better place to find said inspiration than at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum.

With little opportunity over the weekend to take a look around, fortunately the one building I did venture into, housed this…

I particularly like the way the legs are square in section at the bottom and the corner chamfers taper to where it is equally faceted at the top creating an octagon where it then transitions into the round tenon. I also love the awesome furrows left on the top left by the fore/scrub plane.

I expect this will play a part in the design of the saw benches… When I get around to them.

Ryan Saunders

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Geo. R Walker Demonstration

Geo. R Walker, Co author of ‘By Hand & Eye’ and ‘By Hound & Eye’  demonstrates at Handworks 2017 how simple geometry was used by artisans of the pre industrial world to make, well… everything!

Ryan Saunders

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Handworks 2017 – Part 1

With so much happening at Handworks last weekend, and it being my first time experiencing the phenomenal American show, I kicked myself on a several occasions for not capturing certain moments on camera. In truth, it doesn’t bother me too much; I was in fact there to experience it myself. But it should bother you, as I’d imagine the majority of those reading this most likely weren’t able to make it to the show.

But you’re going to wish you had.

In an attempt to give you some idea of what it was like (totally awesome!) here are a few pictures from what I was able to capture.  As is often the case, pictures or even videos of an event like this don’t do the justice it deserves in portraying the incredible atmosphere. Nevertheless, this is the first of a few posts to give you a taste of what went on.

Handworks 2017 Eve

Handworks 2017 Eve

Thursday Evening – The amazing people at BenchCrafted who are the organisers of Handworks arranged a great Amana style meal for everyone involved in the show. The perfect time for friends new and old to catch up before the days ahead.

As per usual, I found myself helping whoever needed an extra pair of hands for the heavy lifting and other odd jobs in preparation for the show.  It was great to see so many woodworkers, tool makers and enthusiasts coming together to be part of the event.

I spent most of the first day (Friday) just taking it in, talking to other woodworkers from the Instagram and Blogging communities, and enjoying the atmosphere.  It was great to hear from so many people that they were interested in, or better yet, already preparing to head over to England for The European Woodworking Show on 16th & 17th September.  I’m also pleased to say from many of the conversations I had with so many people, there may be a few more now too!

With Friday over, it was another chance for those involved to meet up for the evening. A big group of Instagram woodworkers had organised an evening at the local pizza place to talk more woodworking (it really never ends!)

Kieran – Over the Wireless

With Matt Eich from Mule Resonator Guitars present too, we were fortunate enough to have this passed around to marvel at.  I managed to snap this picture of Kieran Binnie (Over the Wireless ) If you haven’t read Kieran’s blog before, stop what you are doing and head over there right now!

I was also able to get a quick video of Anne Briggs Bohnett (Anne of all Trades.  Another Blog/Instagram account you should definitely be following) Head over to my Instagram, @RJSWW , to see that and more from the entire show weekend.

Saturday morning, the 2nd and last day of the show, everyone was getting prepared for the main event of the weekend, Roy Underhill and his presentation “Saw like a Butterfly – Plane like a Bee!” (Video coming soon) and what a presentation it was!  Typically American and typically Roy!

Roy Underhill – “Saw like a Butterfly – Plane like a Bee!”

One of the main highlights from being at the show for me, was seeing so much of the incredible work I have seen so often in magazines, on Instagram, and on other woodworking and related websites, but this time, in person.  Below is just a small selection of what was on show.

Christopher Schwarz and Jameel Abraham’s Traveling Tool Chest.  The marquetry panel lid is nothing short of incredible. You can read more about the chest and marquetry by Chris and Jameel respectively in the August and October 2015 issues of Popular Woodworking

Christopher Schwarz & Jameel Abraham’s Travelling Tool Chest

Seth Gould’s mind boggling chest lock. No words necessary.

Seth Gould’s Mind Boggling Chest Lock

For those that don’t know about the Studley Tool Chest, go check out Virtuoso: The Tool Chest and Workbench of Henry O. Studley published by Lost Art Press.  Those that do will appreciate how incredible this reproduction by Jim Moone is. You can read more about it on Don Williams (Author of Virtuoso…) Blog here.


Studley Tool Chest

Roorkee Chair built by Anne Briggs Bohnett and modelled by Chris Schwarz

And finally, for those of you that follow me on Instagram,  you’ll have seen this in a recent post.  For those of you that don’t, head over there now and check it out! This is a Roorkee chair built by the incredibly talented Anne Briggs Bohnett and beautifully modelled by Chris Schwarz.  As if these chairs aren’t comfortable enough, Anne made this chair specifically to suit someone that is somewhat less vertically challenged, making it much more suitable for myself, Chris, or anyone in the 6’+ range.  Around 3” taller and a few inches deeper too.  You can read more about Roorkee chairs in Chris’s book Campaign Furniture Published by Lost Art Press.

This barely even covers what would take as little as half a day at the show, but I hope it gives you some idea of what it was like. Watch this space for future posts from the amazing event too, there’s a few more things I’d like to share with you yet!

Ryan Saunders

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