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Understanding Wood – Spoons & Spatulas

When you first start woodworking, one of the first things you have to learn is: how to read the grain, how to work the wood and what the limitations are. You soon start to learn when you have to make the wood and the tools do what you want, and when you have to change your approach and take a step back.

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Sorry for the long absence.

Hello all,

Sorry for my long silence, it’s been over a year since I last posted! With the New Year it’s time to get this blog going again with a post I’ve been working on for a while on understanding wood and making spoons and spatulas. I will try and  post at least once a month on various aspects of working wood by hand.

Hope you enjoy it,


Making an A-Frame Sign

Over the past few months, I have designed, developed and built an A-Frame sign for my former boss at Blue Sky Café, here in Bangor, North Wales. The brief was to build a sign that would stand out from the others on the High Street, particularly as the café is up an alley, and therefore not visible from the street. It also has to stand up to the daily wear and tear of being taken up and down the alley and endure the lovely welsh weather.

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Quick Leg-Shaping Video

We’ve been busy with various projects at Woodworking Masterclasses, and I’ve been working on a few other projects that I hope to blog on soon. I’ve nearly finished making an a frame sign with through mortises for my former boss as Blue Sky Cafe. In the mean time, I thought I would post a short video of me shaping a leg for a stool. I was pondering on the best way to show the shaping process, whether it could be shown best through words, drawings, photos or videos, so thought I would try a video with my new camera. What do you think?

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A Few Classes Later…

We’ve had a few classes at New Legacy School of Woodworking over the last few months, and they’ve been really great. I really love seeing how far people come in so few days, and see them develop as they’re pushed, stretched and challenged.

Somehow, all the classes seem to characterised by the same elements: Enthusiasm and excitement as we begin the process of deindustrialisation, of getting a real hold of what it means to do craft, to be a craftsperson.

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First Planes First

Everyone needs a good plane. Well, if you’re hand tool woodworking that is. If you’re not interested in tools, you are about to get very bored. Look away now! (My next post will be about something I’ve made).

I found myself trying to work out what essential tools I needed to get going with learning and developing skills in hand tool woodworking,  What is the most effective use of the money and space that I have as I equip myself to make pieces of furniture and household items? Where can I save, and when do I just need to bite the bullet and go for the best I can afford? I have included some links in this post, that I think you will find helpful, which helped me to demystify all the available information and get on with what we’re really here for… woodworking

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Plans and progress

2013-07-23 13.19.14Right, time to make a plan of action. I thought I’d share with you my vision for this blog, as there a few things I am hoping to achieve and topics I wish to cover, which I hope will be of interest.

Firstly, I will try to share with you my experiences as an apprentice to Paul Sellers. My hope is that this might help you as you; possibly consider something similar, as you take steps in your own “apprenticeship”, whatever form it might take, or just provide insight or interest of some form.

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ChiselingWelcome to Philip Adams Woodwork. This is a webpage and blog of my journey in learning and developing woodwork skills. I also hope to include, in time, some helpful information for those wanting to start out in woodworking, as well as using the site to sell items that I make.

Please feel free to ask questions, make comments and get involved! I just ask for your patience as I work out how make this webpage best suit my needs.

Thanks for reading,


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