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Interviews from The European Woodworking Show

Please accept my apologies for the delay with these. It’s manic here at TWH towers at the moment. I have been preparing for a little roadtrip and I’ll be taking the camera with me. Stay tuned for updates on that.

Here are the videos I shot at The European Woodworking Show a couple of weeks ago. This was my very first time in front of a video camera. As you will see, my presenting style leaves a lot to be desired! It’s clear you will never see me on TV! If you can put up with my stuttering and estuary accent, I think you’ll enjoy the demonstrators tell us a little about themselves. Please let me know what you think of the video….I can take it!

Interview 1

Rolly Munro, Mark Hancock & Graeme Priddle

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Interview 2

David Charlesworth, Phil (Philly) Edwards & Nick Gibbs

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Interview 3

Anthony Dew, Peter Berry & James Mursell

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Thanks for watching. If you like what you saw and would like more, please leave me a comment. I would love to keep doing this, but I need to know it’s interesting to you guys (without me in FRONT of the camera, obviously.)

Check back in a week or so for more new videos.

Video from The European Woodworking Show (Pt1)

I took along a camera to the show last weekend and have been busy all week editing them.  The filming conditions where less than perfect and I forgot the tripod! But hopefully it will give you a feel for the show. Each video shows a different aspect of the show. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

Video 1

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Video 2

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Video 3

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The European Woodworking Show was organised by Classic Hand Tools

If that wasn’t enough there is MORE to come. Sometime next week I will be posting some quick interviews with some of the demonstrators. So stay tuned!

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!

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