Issue 8 October 2019 OUT NOW!

ISSUE 8 OCTOBER 2019

It’s been a long haul that I never thought it was going to get completed.  Complete it is though with many great articles including the “Wooden Book Stand” project. Book stand holders have been around for hundreds of years. The one I designed is to be used in a seated position. The book holder is a swivel type that’s locked in position by turning the wooden screw and nut. There are many challenging aspects of this project, but none that is too difficult to complete. The stand is made out of pine, I show you how I create a blotch free finish using spirit stains that in normal circumstances isn’t possible.

The plans are available for purchase in my Etsy Store

Issue 8 is available in my Etsy Store.

 

 

The Lost Scrolls of HANDWORK December Issue VI is OUT NOW

Many great new articles, featuring Ron Aylor our contributing author “An Ambitious Endeavour.” I want to thank Ron for his contribution and would like to extend my invitation to you our readers to contribute articles towards the magazine.

Old hand tools for our readers only is offering a 10% discount on all their tools. This will be valid from 14 Dec. 2018 – 12 Jan. 2019. You must enter LOSTSCROLLS10 as the voucher code in the box at checkout. This discount does not include shipping.

To help with the running costs of this free magazine, I have set up a shop on Etsy and a PayPal donation button on the front page of this blog. The material costs in Australia is excessively high. So to help purchase woods and other materials for projects and articles that will feature in this magazine, I need financial help. So please support the shop if you can and donate if you can.

Download your free copy of Issue VI here.

ISSUE VI

ENTHUSIASM VERSUS APATHY

BY JOHN RUSKIN 1901

To ensure enthusiasm of good workmanship among craftsmen, they must be relieved of the hard pressure of circumstance. They must neither be pressed for time nor by want. They must be removed from the necessity of slovenly production. They must be led to perceive and acknowledge the value: that is usefulness or the beauty of the materials which they daily handle; so that waste, that enemy of the workshop, may not enter to create dissension between the employer and the employed. They must be taught to respect the work of their own hands, so that it may com to be for them a subject of great interest, care and love. They must be made to feel their worth and dignity as producers, as one of the prime factors of organised and civilised life.

Issue IV of “HANDWORK” Out Now

After many months of hard work Issue IV is finally published. There are many great articles covered including two fantastic projects, one will make your partner smile the other one will make you smile.

First, all praise is due to God for the ability and the skill set He has given me to woodwork and for this magazine and every Issue of “HANDWORK” that will come thereafter God Willing.

Secondly, thank you my readers who have encouraged me through your posts of gratitude and praise for the magazine. Without you none of this would be possible.

A big thanks go out to my friend and contributing editor Matt McGrane for his enormous help and perseverance in helping me put together the articles. Matt has volunteered his services for the magazine. What a commendable act of goodwill! Without you mate it would be an even steeper hill to climb.

I also want to thank Paul Britton our contributing author for the wonderful and interesting article he wrote about Simonds Saw.  Btw I got to play with some of his many beautiful Antique and Vintage saws today.

Only a minor change to the magazine. It will no longer be named as Vol.1 Issue.1 instead it will be only Issue 1,2,3,4 etc.

I’ve reopened my Etsy Store and this is where you will find the current and future issues of “The Lost SCrolls of HANDWORK.” As promised the price is USD$5.00. Etsy accepts all major credit cards and PayPal.

Here is the link to the store. Enjoy.

The Lost Scrolls of HANDWORK Issue IV

 

 

Issue III release date notice

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Finally it’s finished, all the articles completed, edited over and over again. This was a big project for me as the moulding planes article was a toughie to write about.  I needed to provide enough description without putting you to sleep and make it easy enough to follow.  I think I have accomplished both and I believe you will be able to make any h&r using a simpler method than the traditional British and American approach.  I have covered many aspects of the build and the reasoning behind the numbering system.

I’m sorry it took so long, but I think you will agree it was worth the wait.

As you can see I’ve also made some minor changes. Hope you like it.

As always I would like to thank Matt McGrane our magazine’s contributing editor. I would be lost without him.

Issue III release date is on Saturday 4th November 2017.

Yes, it is free

New Title Locked In. THE LOST SCROLLS OF HANDWORK

THE LOST SCROLLS OF HANDWORK will be the new title for our magazine. I paid for it this morning.

All the words won’t fit in one line and would look silly if it did. So I will break it up and have “The lost scrolls of” on top of “HANDWORK.” So HANDWORK name lives on!

Where there is a will, there is always a way.

Tomorrow at midnight the second Issue will be available for download.  You may find grammar errors I may have overlooked, but I’ll get better at it as time goes by.

With any new venture there are always teething problems at first, but my aim is to evolve and mould it to be up there with the best.

I’m always on the hunt for contributing authors. Guys and gals don’t be shy. You may think you have nothing to offer but you’re wrong.  As of late, more and more hand tool blogs have come to life.  Only a few months ago blogs were diminishing and all the marketing gurus had their say about it, but much to their surprise the tide has changed.

Hand tool woodworking has become more popular than machine based woodworking.

The movement for a change of lifestyle and pace has begun.

This revitalisation of hand tools was first introduced by Roy Underhill over 30 years ago, and from it, sprung a variety of craftsmen and women like Mary May, Peter Follansbee, Christopher Schwartz, Paul Sellers and way too many other names to list.

Can I mention little old me with HANDWORK oops, The lost scrolls of HANDWORK.

We’re all playing a part in this revitalisation of hand tool woodworking.

It’s not just a revitalisation but a stance against all the corporate thuggery of so called modernisation and monopolisation of and through mass production.

If they want to title us as tree loving, hugging hippies then so be it. It’s better than the title they carry of cheap plastic loving, hugging, quick buck salesman “Made in China.” tag.

I hope you all like Issue II. A lot of work and many sleepless hours went into it, and I thank again all of our contributors for their hard work, expertise, tenacity, just pure relentless effort and diligence in their contribution towards HANDWORK.  You have not gone unnoticed.

HANDWORK Magazine Out Now!

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It’s finally here a hand tool magazine for hand tool woodworkers.  First I would like to thank our contributing authors Brian Holcombe and Joshua Steven aka Mr. Chickadee for their great articles, I would also like to thank Christopher Schwarz for his suggestion and advice and above all you the readers who’ve said yes to this.  I never thought it was going to be easy but I didn’t think it would be this hard either.  HANDWORK is free just download from the link provided down below.  The link is through megasync, it free with no annoying time delays.

I’ve done the best I could with the limited knowledge I have of compiling a magazine, feel free to leave your comments.  I would really like to know if you’ve enjoyed it.  I know not many people like to leave comments, setting up a gravatar account is a pain.  So I’ve setup a poll just choose YES or NO.

Happy reading there is over 60 pages to read through, enjoy!

 

 

Handwork Vol.1 Issue 1