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UK Woodworking Shows with TWH in 2011

The Golden Dovetails!This year the TWH team (that’s mainly er, me) will be at various UK Woodworking Shows.   Coming up this week (11-12th March) is the Get Woodworking 2011 show at Alexandra Palace, London.  This is always a good show and has greatly improved over the past couple of years.  I’ll be there in pedestrian mode, trying not to spend too much on tools.  This one’s not too bad as I often travel up there on the train, so I’m limited to what I can carry!

A couple of weeks later (25-26th March) I’ll be at the Talking Tools event which Axminster Tool Centre is organising  down in Devon.  Lots of stars and personalities of the woodworking world will be there, including Tom Lie Nielsen, David Charlseworth, Robert Ingham, and many more!   I’ll be taking the video camera to bring back a taste of the event, but if you can make it, come and say hello!

The very next week we have a new show based here in Kent, The Southern Woodworking Show (1-2nd April) at Kent County Showground, Detling (nr Maidstone).  This new woodworking event looks very promising with lots going on including demo’s by woodturners Les Thorne and Stuart Mortimer.  The Wood Haven will be in attendance with our own stall, including the ‘Golden Dovetails’!  Come along and support this show if you can make it.  Kent is well overdue a good woodworking show!

Talking Tools - Axminster

It’s a busy period as the following week sees Yandles Spring Show (8-9th April) in Martock, Somerset.  Another great show which has been around for years.  I’ll be there in pedestrian mode catching up with people like Mark Sanger, our very own Philly and the rest of the Classic Hand Tools gang.  There, of course, will be many other things to see and do at this brilliant show.  Not to mention a great deal of wood to hunt through!

A short break in the schedule and on to West’s Wood Show in Petworth.  This is a how I have never gotten to in previous years.  Not too much information on their website, but from what I hear this is a great show for locals.  West’s is a wood supplier who also have a smaller hobbyist department.

Fast forward to August and we have The Festival of the Tree at Westonbirt – The National Arboretum (26-29th August).  This is a smashing show with lots to see and do for all the family.  I am hoping to take the camera along to bring people back a feel for the show.

Yandles have their Autumn show 9-10th Sept, but I’m not sure I’ll be attending this one.

The European Woodworking Show - Cressing Temple

The highlight of the year for The Wood Haven is The European Woodworking Show at Cressing Temple Barns in Essex.  This fantastic show, organised by Classic Hand Tools, has an incredible atmosphere.  It’s a woodworking bonanza, with some of the greatest woodworkers and artisans from around the world.  We will be taking our stall along and I will be filming again.  This one is well worth travaling too, I hope to see you there!

There are many other great woodworking events happening throughout the year all over the country.  Take a look at our Woodworking Events page to see if there are any in your area.  If you know of any that are not on our list then please drop me line.  I’d be more than happy to list them.

Good Times!

The European Woodworking Show at Cressing Temple Barns was a great success this past weekend.  We saw literally thousands of people visit this unique and lively show.  It was great to meet so many woodworkers.  You really get a sense of how wide and diverse the woodworking fraternity is.  The weather wasn’t so bad and we even had warm sunshine on Saturday.  Despite the cold winds and drizzle on Sunday, the show was still lively.  Traders and demonstrators all seemed happy with the turn out.

Before the show, I was assisted by my sponsors in making our stand.  Simon at Coda came up with the design which was a real talking point of the show.  Our ‘golden dovetails’ was a tongue in cheek, wink to the woodworking world.  At the end of the show, many of the other exhibitors were surprised that they where ‘real’ dovetailed sections.  The top beam attaches to the posts and locks together using this ancient joint.  (The guy doing the ‘Little Teapot’ pose is the Owner, Tom Sustins).

It was also fantastic to see professional woodworkers demonstrate their skills.  All the way from Japan, Watanabe showed us his traditional techniques.  At the end of the day on Sunday he received a round of applause when he finished the demonstration piece he had been working on.  David Charlesworth was busy all weekend, showing people his finely tuned planes and handing out valuable advice.  As was John Lloyd at the Clifton workbench.  It was fascinating to see Bill Carter’s handmade planes.  The work he puts into them muse be immense.  Richard Maguire and his wife were in attendance, displaying his fine handmade workbenches.  I was surprised to learn that Richard makes this substantial workbenches at his workshop in Lincolnshire, alone!  Phil Edwards of Philly planes was helping out on the Lie Neilson stand all weekend, offering advice on their full range of products.

As always it was good to see Rolly Munro and Mark Hancock showing off their skills and demonstrating the Rolly Munro hollowing tools.  Graeme Priddle was also over from NZ showing us his stunning, heavily carved and pyrographed turnings.  Graeme works sitting in a reclining chair and looked like the most relaxed woodworker I’ve ever met!  Mark Baker was also on hand, along with the AWGB, at the Woodturning stand, offering general advice and demonstrating various topics.  However, the highlight of the weekend in terms of Turning was having some of Phillip Streeting’s work displayed on our very own stand.  A great deal of people stopped by to see, touch and feel his incredibly tactile work.  Phillips uses many techniques after turning quite basic forms to transform them into masterpieces.  Phil’s work really gets the mind working and abolishes tradition as we know it.

This was just a small snapshot of what was a huge woodworking show.  The organisers really went that extra country mile to put on such a smashing show.  Despite the weather, woodworkers came from far and wide to attend.  The benefit you get from shows like this is immeasurable.  Whether it’s tips and techniques or product advice, you always come back a better woodworker.  Here’s hoping there will be another show next year….and that we’re invited!

The European Woodworking Show!

In just a couple of weeks, The Wood Haven will be present at The European Woodworking show at Cressing Temple Barns in Essex, UK. This is one of the best woodworking shows in the country and the venue is pretty stunning. We will be promoting the forum and spreading the word about our new community. Free woodworking advice offered at our stand and lots of woody banter. Please stop by and say hello if you are in the area. Check out the organiser’s website for full information on the show.

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