The run of very cold winter weather has led me to spend more time in the inside workshop over the last few days. the workshop has been far from warm though as it is unheated apart from a small radiant heater so thermals have been very much the name of the game.
I have been concentrating on getting some stools , of all sorts done plus finishing off the last double bow windsor chair. I took delivery of a few tools this week which I purchased with money from a grant which was awarded to me by the Heritage Craft Association. Over the last couple of weeks I have had a lot of interest about the chairs I make and hopefully soon a couple of these enquiries will turn into some orders.
The new tools are working well but like all hand tools you need to get to know them , the joy of hand tools is the mastery of each tool in different circumstances, this can only be achieved by hours of use, many people buy tools and are often disappointed as they rarely bring the results that the buyer wishes for. I often compare it to playing a musical instrument , the quality of the music is related to the amount of hard work and practise put in over many years.