Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Wonderful English Architecture

England has some wonderful old architecture and here are some gems from the South West. The picture above is of Buckler's Hard, which backs onto the Beaulieu river in the New Forest. It was originally built in the 18th C for workers of a thriving ship building industry, now it's a very popular tourist attraction.

Anyone of a certain age will recognise this street from the Hovis adverts in the 1980's. It's Gold Hill in Shaftesbury in Dorset and yes that hill is every bit as hard as the boy on his bike made it look!

Another hidden gem is the village of Milton Abbas, also in Dorset. This small village of 36 identical thatched houses was built in 1780 to house the nearby villagers of Middleton which was subsequently demolished. The village was considered an eyesore by Lord Milton who lived in the magnificent Milton Abbey, so he moved it!

Here in Southampton we have our own little gem, the Uplands Estate which is close to the city centre and yet feels in the country. Herbert Collins built this two road estate in the 1920's and 1930's and he was strongly influenced by the Garden City Movement of the time.

The roads have grass verges, bricked pavements and the houses are all wider than the are deep to maximise the natural light inside. Although all privately owned, a strict covenant makes sure the architecture is preserved right down to the colour of the windows and fronts doors. No UPVC double glazing here!

The estate even has it's own brick built post box with a memorial plaque to Herbert Collins. He built a number of similar estates throughout Southampton but this remains the best and most popular with house price reflecting the demand.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Guides, guides. guides!

Not much of interest has been going on in the workshop recently. I've just been making up and boxing my magnetic guides, which is pretty boring, especially as the weather has been so nice just lately. An order of 600 guides, bound for Highland Woodworking, has just been picked up by UPS so I can relax a bit and get back to something a little more stimulating.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Dansel Wood Gallery

We're down in relaxing West Dorset for a few days and I dropped off a few more of my boxes to the excellent Dansel Wood Gallery in Abbotsbury. Well worth a visit if you are ever anywhere near. Here's a few pieces that caught my eye.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Nice Hammer

Terry sent me these pictures of a nice little hammer he made for himself, it looks like it packs a punch. The head is solid copper which is similar in hardness to brass, so has some forgiveness. The handle is two pieces of laminated ash with a strip of Iroko in the middle. 

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Planes for Sale, Bill Carter, Sauer and Steiner, Norris, Spiers, Barron, Enwistle etc

This weeks offerings on E Bay include a recent Bill Cater mitre plane. All are offered with Worldwide shipping (except the two machines)

An unused Sauer and Steiner K7

A pre war Norris A5 as featured in my YouTube video.

 A unique Entwistle chariot, one of the last planes he made.

A fine Norris panel plane.

A steel soled gunmetal shoulder plane by Slater.

Also a little used Jet mortise and a Hegner scrollsaw

A David Barron special Jack plane, brand new.

A Gremercy dovetail saw with figured claro walnut.
And a couple of new knives by Chris Vesper.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Great Alternative Use for 45 Degree Magnetic Guide

Rene from Michigan sent me this photo of another way of using the 45 degree guide to cut a square baseline on dovetails. Very clever!

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Lots of Planes on E Bay, all 99p Start!

I'm selling a few of my planes on E Bay this week, all starting at 99 p so a few bargains to be had! Above is a very nice and quite rare Norris no 13

An even rarer Bayfield chariot plane in very good condition

A nice matching set of Addis carving chisels.

A good solid Norris no 3, an excellent user and quite rare.

A good user Preston bullnose with a very tight mouth

A good Stanley no 99

A gunmetal bullnose with a tight mouth, another great user.

A lovely little chariot with a tight mouth, great for one handfed chamfers.

Another cute little chariot, again a great user with a tight mouth

And lastly a nice solid Scottish smoother for restoration.