Small Router Plane Build Part 4

Nothing overly exciting about this video, just cutting up a brass rod to be an insert into the turned knobs. I had to break these videos up because the length would of been too long.

Btw many thanks to those who donated, I was really touched by your humanity.



Issue V October 2018 Release

After such a long wait it’s here, and it’s FREE again. I’ve shortened the number of articles so as not to blow out the number of pages. Even by doing that I’ve STILL managed to make it over 100 pages. I will try my best to lessen it in the next Issue.

The topics covered in this Issue are great and I owe my gratitude as usual goes out to my contributing editor Matt McGrane and our contributing Author Paul Brittan who wrote the 2nd part of “The rise and fall of Simmonds handsaw.

The plans for the cradle is available on Etsy, I must somehow cover the cost of materials. If you like the project then please support the magazine by purchasing the plans or through donations or both.

I hope the magazine is useful and lives up to your expectations.


Issue V Release 2 Days to go!

I know its taken a long time but it’s finally done. Issue V is ready and will be available to download at midnight on Saturday 13, 2018 and yes it is FREE to download. There are some great articles covered including a detailed project article.

The magazine is free, unfortunately the materials isn’t. To help with covering the cost of materials I have set up a donations button on the main page. You can donate as much as you like. In addition to that I will be listing all project article plans/blueprints on my Etsy store for sale. All plans are drawn in CAD and printed in high quality PDF.

The doll’s rocking cradle plans are for sale now.

Doll’s Rocking Cradle

Issue V almost done

First of all, my sincere apologies for taking so long, but you can appreciate the enormity of work involved in producing a magazine like “The Lost Scrolls of Handwork”. There is the project build itself then photography, writing, editing, rewriting, research, compiling and not to mention my day job. This is a huge task and responsibility for just two people: myself and my editor and friend Matt McGrane.  He and I are separated by 20,000 km of – dare I use Trump’s words (lol) – “Water, big water, ocean water,” but thankfully we have the internet which helps bring us a little closer together.

The build and the article about the doll’s rocking cradle are finally complete. My project articles are not like most articles; they are fairly in depth and supported by many clear photos to help you understand the build better. Of course, no words can give more clarity than a good quality video can, which is why I highly recommend Richard McGuire’s (aka “The English woodworker“) videos. I won’t promote someone who isn’t of any worth (and no I don’t get a commission from him or anyone else); in fact, he doesn’t even know I recommended him. So in the future I do have plans to make supporting videos for the projects in the articles. I’m sorry though, that my videos may never match the quality of those who have the capital and second hand help to produce them. But I will do the best I can.

Now for something I think you will appreciate. I have given much thought about whether or not I should charge for this and future issues of the magazine.  The decision I have come to is that I shouldn’t. I started” The Lost Scrolls” because I felt we needed a magazine dedicated to handwork. I wanted this magazine to be a worldwide community-based magazine and somewhere along the way I got convinced that I should start charging for it. I won’t deny that the idea of earning an income from something I’m very passionate about tickled my senses.  Having experienced thousands of downloads on the first three issues drop down to only a handful due to a $5 charge was disheartening. One person even said that it’s a meal for two. I’m sorry but I cannot ever get that ridiculous statement out of my head.

As I said earlier, what I’ve decided to do is revert the magazine to being free. However, to help with materials I do ask for donations. Whatever you can donate would be sincerely appreciated. Timber in Australia is a genuine rip off and I will give one example that occurred only two days ago at Paradise Timbers.  I asked for a price on New Guinean Rosewood rough sawn 200mm x 25mm, the answer I got was $60 a metre. At $60 l/m you have to be a millionaire or have a banker’s job to work wood. Thankfully not all yards are morons like these people but many are headed in that direction. So you can appreciate that the running costs are high and my pay is pathetically low.

I’m not only looking for monetary donations, but also donations of your own project articles or any article on a topic related to hand work; all would be greatly appreciated. I will set up links where you can donate money through PayPal and project articles through my email address. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

If my dream of a community-based magazine is realised, then perhaps I’ll be more of a compiler and less of the sole writer.  This can work if many of you contribute for the good of the hand woodworking community.

Jeremy Broun Tribute to Charles Hayward Video

Much to my surprise when I discovered this video on Youtube by Jeremy Broun on his channel which surprised me even more to learn that he had a channel.

Jeremy Broun is a woodworking teacher and author of several woodworking books. He is one of the pioneers who pushed the revival of the craft back in the 70’s. He’s produced furniture for the royal family, museums and art galleries.

This short video is a tribute to Charles Hayward how he inspired him as an author and illustrator and woodworker over the years not only late in his life but also during his studies of the craft as a young man.  This video is well worth the watch.

Woodworking becoming financially unviable and fast

As woodworking has soaked the interest of many and in particular over the past twenty years, its popularity has grown exponentially in both machine and hand tool woodworking. This new rapid rising interest and I would refer more so in particular to the last ten years has led to many new business opportunities for some.

From the opening of many woodworking schools to the production and sales of tons and tons of quality online videos. New tool makers from various engineering backgrounds have come on board this merry-go-round of the wheel of fortune. Tool restorers who have “apparently” been doing this since the neanderthal age and not to forget the creepy crawly antique tool dealers with their false “near mint condition” statement who always somehow work their way up and out of their bottom less Pitts they come from, have also on steroids have joined this merry go wheel of fortune

We’ve seen the price of antique tools sky rocket in the last 5 years. We’ve also seen vintage tools that nobody wanted at one stage become seriously sought after and people paying top dollar for it. We’ve seen toolmakers spring up from everywhere and charge top dollar for some good and not so good tools, but what we haven’t seen nor expected to see is the price of timber being jacked up to ridiculously stupid prices by lumber yards. Whilst everyone was caught up in all the hype of tool collection and dreaming about open fields and puffy clouds of no dust mask and ear protection of hand tool woodworking, the timber merchants have being jacking up their prices.

People you can have all the tools in the world, but without wood you’ve got no craft.

I’ve seen a single board sell for $1200, pine is over $20 per l/m, American Walnut 200×25 (1″x 8″x 39″) sells at $42.15 ex GST per l/m. For our American friends l/m refers to lineal metre which is 39″ in length.  Then you have the privateers on our forums selling wet timbers for insane prices and no one’s the wiser.  I don’t know what you’re paying for your timber, I can only speak of what it’s costing me for mine.  All I know is at the current yard prices you have a greater chance of winning the lottery than buying affordable lumber. What’s the solution? I don’t know but something has to be done.