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Private Tuition at the Heritage Woodcraft Centre.

Many people ask us about the Private Tuition we provide to people from all walks of life and of all ages at our Heritage Woodcraft Centre in Canning Vale, Western Australia. It is a very exciting area of what we do, and has become the major aspect of our range of services. Where it all…

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A Shaving Horse for Kids!

Introducing our Adjustable and Portable Shaving Horse for Kids! At our Heritage Woodcraft Centre, we have a varied stable of Shaving Horses, but I have been conscious for a while that none of them suit the younger kids that we work with. The kids’ legs are too short to effectively use them. So it was…

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The Humanity in Hand Tools

What delights me most these days is the way my two great passions come together: working with wood and working with people. Almost every day I get to teach and encourage people of all ages in the wonders of Woodcraft. This year, 2019, marks 10 years since I started running hand tool woodworking workshops. It’s…

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Spoons! Spoons! Spoons!
Do we really need more spoons?

Spoon Carving. It seems to be taking the Western World by storm.  What is driving this phenomenon? I believe there are several things converging to give such life and vibrancy to the delightful craft of carving spoons. It is all about our need to re-connect with the natural world, with ourselves and with one another…

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Nathan was pretty happy with this lovely table he made!

“Woodworking for Life” – Hand Tool Woodworking as a Therapeutic Activity.

Creating things with our hands is good for the body, mind and soul. It’s good for the brain too. In a former life, I was a Youth & Community Worker. So I love working with people, and have done a lot of work with those who are disadvantaged in some way. Amid the many people…

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Plans now available for the Mk III Combination Shaving Horse and Bowl Carving Bench.

At last, I have completed the plans for the awesome MkIII Shaving Horse and Bowl Carving Bench Combination.These plans are now available for purchase. This device has received considerable interest since I first posted about it in May 2015:Combining a Shaving Horse and Bowl Carving Bench – My “Mk III” Shaving Horse. The plans I…

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Senni Makes a Spear.

Senni Makes a Spear Experiencing the Joy of Woodworking at the Heritage Woodcraft Centre,  October 2017 The Heritage Woodcraft Centre in Canning Vale is the home of The Joy of Wood, where I, a skilled Cabinetmaker/Joiner, offer workshops and tuition for people of all ages in traditional woodworking hand skills and techniques. This includes many…

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The Joy of PalletCraft – Recycling Pallets and Packing Crates.

Pallets and packing crates are moving around the world in the countless millions  every day. The majority are made from wood, and while many are reused again and again, there is a massive number here in Australia which end up in landfill.  Madness, really, for the following reasons: 1. Organic matter in an anaerobic decomposition…

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Combining a Shaving Horse and Bowl Carving Bench – My “Mk III” Shaving Horse.

I’ve got about 8 shaving horses, which I use for running public workshops. I had previously made a batch of shaving horses from packing crate material and other recycled wood, which I did a post about  in July 2014. Since then I have made another version, like a super-modified saw horse. Let’s call it the…

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Love that Double Spring Pole Lathe!

It all started when I did the Woodcraft Week with Roy Underhill in North Carolina in November 2013. I saw and tried Roy’s Double Spring Pole Lathe. Roy Underhill at work on his Spring Pole Lathe. Roy’s lathe knocks down and all fits into a golf bag! It was the first time I had seen…

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