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Wood: Keep looking

400 Words - Posted on 26th Aug 2018
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Furniture making keeps you humble, no two ways about it. Pieces made from this wonderful substance we call wood simply can’t be thrown together. Do that and you’ll end up with junk. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Literally every piece of ... more

Bold or discreet?

364 Words - Posted on 20th Aug 2018

So, I was watching Antiques Roadshow the other day. It doesn’t happen often, but I am aware that every once in a while something grabs your attention. And it’s always a bit of fun to watch people’s faces when they find out what their hoardings ... more

Cabinetmakers: Don’t confuse a romantic with a push over

311 Words - Posted on 15th Aug 2018

Capitalism has done wonders for making a lot of people a lot of money. It has also helped turn a lot of people into really not nice people to know. Markets are dominated, the competition crushed. Business leaders are more and more like hard-nosed ... more


296 Words - Posted on 31st Jul 2018

and where to find it Design: Unless they are the late Steve Jobs, anyone who tells you they’ve designed something completely new is flat out lying. There, I’ve said it. That is not to say that anyone’s design can’t be fresh, innovative ... more

It’s good to talk

343 Words - Posted on 23rd Jul 2018

Don't delay, call today There are people who like to talk. Salesmen love to talk, teachers are particularly good at it (usually) and everyone’s got a friend that just won’t stop talking once you get them on the phone. But you wouldn’t say that ... more

Weather (With February comes the sun!)

253 Words - Posted on 10th Feb 2018
Woodworking courses - student design

With February comes the sun! I have to say weather-wise, it has been a pretty miserable January here in Blighty. The UK has been basically windy, rainy, stormy, and grey for almost the entire month. We even had a few flakes of snow this week, which ... more

The Big Reveal

321 Words - Posted on 7th Jan 2018
Cherry cabinets detail triptych

The Big Reveal I don’t think any serious cabinetmaker ever gets blasé about making beautiful furniture as it is a constant source of delight, watching raw wood being slowly turned into something stunning and unique. It is possible to think ... more

Health and safety- Ugh!

272 Words - Posted on 31st Dec 2017

Health and safety- Ugh! What I like to call, don’t be an idiot! In the UK, every workshop needs to have loads of large pictures explaining the bleedin’ obvious in case some idiot does something idiotic. The big red button on a machine may ... more

Handmade wood furniture – it’s the future!

233 Words - Posted on 17th Dec 2017
Woodworking course - student design

Handmade wood furniture - it’s the future! Technology is developing and progressing at breakneck speed - a platitude, it’s so obvious and understood. Our kids won’t learn to drive, train to be accountants or lawyers, or need an actual doctor ... more

Humility, with a bit of showmanship thrown in for good luck

210 Words - Posted on 14th Dec 2017
Woodworking course - student design

Humility, with a bit of showmanship thrown in for good luck It still amazes me that you can learn so much in a year. While students might not leave Rowden as the fastest cabinetmakers in the world, they do leave with a genuinely high level of ... more

Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design 2017

238 Words - Posted on 20th Aug 2017
Woodworking course - brochure

Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design 2017 For more than 30 years there has been one show that has been a firm favourite amongst designer-makers in the UK. The annual Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design has a long tradition of bringing ... more

…Because you never grow out of making models

387 Words - Posted on 14th Jun 2017
Woodworking course - student design

Models: Maquette made by Rowden student, Noel Gatehouse Making Models: When a cabinetmaker decides to make a new piece of furniture, it is clear that there is a lot of pressure to make sure it is a thing of beauty. It is not unusual to invest a ... more

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