Midlands Woodworking Show

Friday 22 & Saturday 23 March 10am-4pm
Newark Showground, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG24 2NY

We are doing things a little different at this years Midlands Woodworking Show.  We are being joined by a number of other demonstrators some of whom you will remember from the European Woodworking Shows.

Brian Walsh

Brian Walsh is a versatile craftsman who makes his living from his woodworking skills.

Covert Craft – Lee Stoffer

Lee Stoffer is a green woodworker with a passion for spoon carving, carving bowls and other functional and beautifully hand carved treen as well.   

Curtis Turner – Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

Curtis traces his interest in woodworking to his early childhood and still has the first toolbox he made from scraps at the age of 10.  Curtis was a customer before joining the Lie-Nielsen team in 2007.  His first Lie-Nielsen plane was a No. 4½ bench plane and remains a favourite tool.

Fiona Kingdon

Fiona Kingdon makes unique scrollwork suggested by the wood she finds, the landscapes she loves, their inhabitants, and their stories. 

International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC)

The International Boatbuilding Training College provides the widest range of boatbuilding training in the world and is internationally recognized for the quality of its graduates.

MAC Timbers

MAC Timbers will be bringing their wide selection of British Hardwood blanks and boards.

Over The Wireless – Kieran Binnie

Kieran Binnie is a luthier, writer, and regular contributor to Furniture & Cabinetmaking magazine. R

Oliver Sparks

Oliver Sparks is a planemaker working from a rural Northamptonshire workshop. He likes to work high end, and blends traditional craftsmanship and contemporary design.

Skelton Saws

Skelton Saws are first class tools and true pieces of fine handmade English craftsmanship.  Handcrafted from the finest quality timber, the handle of a Skelton Saw is produced from beautifully figured rosewood.

The Rocking Horse Shop

Every horse is a handcrafted individual; ready-to-ride horses are available from stock, or you can commission a ‘Special’, made to your own preferred size and style.

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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  (www.classichandtools.com) 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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