Planes, pivots, and twists

I can no longer properly feel my fingers, so it’s time to come in from the front porch (I still call it a conservatory). My weather app reckons it feels like -14ºC (6ºF), and it can’t be much warmer as I sit in a draft behind the big panes of single-glazing. But, I’m carving a…

How do you sharpen your tools?

Whether it’s your favourite carving knife or your long-neglected splitting wedges, we all have to keep our tools sharp. It’s one of the more varied set of techniques in green woodworking, and it causes much discussion. New carvers often overlook the practice and kit when setting out. Many carvers favour slow-spinning, water-cooled stone machines like…

Green woodworker Chris Allen

Hi, can you tell me who you are and what you do? My name’s Chris and I live in the south of England in a beautiful chalk landscape steeped in modern and ancient history. I used to be an IT manager and ride a desk, but it ended up riding me. So now I bother…

Green woodworker Ty Thornock

As an interview series, I want to introduce some green woodworkers. We’ll get a picture of how people get into the craft, and look at their own perspectives. For starters, I have the privilege to introduce you to Ty Thornock, an excellent spoon carver and all-round nice chap. Hi, can you tell me who you…

Welcome

It’s always daunting to fill the first article on a new blog, but I’m excited to be able to start this magazine for fellow green woodworkers. Green woodwork is different from what’s come to be called traditional woodwork, even though it’s arguably an older discipline. We focus on making useful and beautiful objects by starting…