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.

As I make items for friends and family and receive commissions, I will think about design, share the techniques I am learning, and photos of the projects made. In time I hope a gallery of projects I have made might act a bit like a portfolio and be useful for those people who might be wanting to commission a piece.

Coffee TableI will record my gradual accumulation and conditioning or reconditioning of those tools I feel are essential for me as a beginner hand tool woodworker on a budget. I will be thinking about whether you need to spend lots of money on every shiny tool available, and trying to get car boot and eBay finds fit for purpose.

As I work towards being able to make a living as a woodworker, I’ll look practically at what it takes to start up a business. Is it possible to make a living from working as a craftsman in this day and age? Can you run a sustainable living from making handmade furniture using traditional methods.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and for joining me on this journey I am taking in pursuing what I believe could be my vocational calling. I hope it is of interest and use to people. Let’s get woodworking!



  1. Exciting times! Looking forward to the next post already.

  2. Good to see you writing on your blog, I look forward to seeing photos and hearing your thoughts

  3. Hi Phil, Hope you’re well and working on lots of interesting projects. I know it’s quite a commitment to keep a blog going, but I’m sure I’m not alone in being interested to see what you’ve been up to each month, if you have time.
    All the best, Martin

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