Monday, 8 February 2016

How to make a paint storage cabinet with April Wilkerson

Back in December, we published an interview with April Wilkerson, our USA Triton Brand Champion. It was one of our most popular posts to date, bringing lots of new people to the Triton pages so welcome to those of you who are new to our blog. While we were in Texas with April, we filmed a new project build exclusively for Triton.
April usually builds, films, edits and publishes her own projects single-handedly, so we thought it might be fun to help out for a day. If you want to find out how to build robust and mobile paint storage cupboard for your workshop, check out this short film:

If you want to get your hands on the written plans for this project, just visit April’s site: .
If you missed the interview you can find it here:

Monday, 1 February 2016

More to Life with Woodworking, the Peyton High School Woods program

Lots of people contact Triton looking for support for their organisations. Usually it is for sponsorship or donations to help a worthy cause, and like most responsible organisations we do our best to help out where we can. Just occasionally, a request comes with a unique story that is worth both supporting, and in particular, sharing.

In many industrialised countries there is a growing understanding that the long-term educational  goal to put all kids through an advanced academic programme is missing an important point. Both students and even advanced economies need to have a base of practical skills – or in other words, people who can actually make things.

Vocational qualifications and aspirations have long been looked on as something for those who were not smart enough to achieve academically. In many places, even access to practical or craft subjects such as woodwork, metalwork, automotive etc, has become a rare opportunity at high school level. So without the active encouragement of a parent or grandparent or another suitable role model, very few young people are getting the chance to experience the joy that making or growing something with your own hands can bring.

Peyton, Colorado is a small town not far from Colorado Springs. With the prairie stretching out on one side and the Rocky Mountains in the background, it's pretty typical mid-America, though in one respect it's doing something really ground-breaking. By making great use of a previously abandoned building, they are reintroducing practical education - specifically woodworking - to the games console generation in spectacular style.

This is not the old woodworking programme of previous generations; this syllabus aims to teach advanced, professional, lean manufacturing techniques as well as hands-on design and construction to students with an equal weighting to more traditional academic subjects. It's a unique education and industry collaboration that is being seen as a model for similar programmes, not only in America but across the globe.
This short film provides a background to the programme, how it came about and where it's heading for the future. We love the way the students are supported by retired volunteers, bridging the generation gap and sharing not just practical skills but genuine life lessons. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Timber Mountain Men

During a recent trip to the United States, where we were travelling to woodworking events, we were lucky enough to discover a timber mill high in the mountains of Colorado. The owner/operator of the mill kindly allowed us to look around and gave us some valuable insights into its operation.


Most of the timber is cut within a short distance from the mill, and includes many different species and grades. Local beetle kill pine is also processed - with its blue grey colouring that’s so distinctive and sought after by designers.  The owner wasn’t keen on any publicity, but we thought you might like to see where they work.

The mill stands around 9,500 feet above sea level, and in late October the cold, clear air makes every splash of colour really stand out against the dust and grey-green of the surrounding forest and timber stacks. 


Friday, 8 January 2016

Best of the Woodworking Web - From Timber to Tide

It's been a while since we shared a Best of the Woodworking Web post, so we're starting off 2016 with one of our favourites, featuring Ben Harris, a traditional wooden boat maker based in Cornwall, UK.

According to his mum, Ben's first word was 'log', so it seems only natural that he would progress into a career which allows him to work so closely with wood. This short film by the team at Pixillion sees Ben talk about his love of woodwork and boat building, and how it feels to see something you've built with your hands sail out to the sea.

From Timber To Tide from Pixillion on Vimeo.
You can see more of Ben's work on his website:

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Meet April Wilkerson, from woodworking novice to YouTube sensation.

In the ten years since the launch of YouTube, the video-sharing website has become the go-to destination for guides on how to do just about anything. Woodworkers are generous folk and many are taking to YouTube to share their skills and help us all improve our craft. Tool reviews, shop tours, project ideas and tips of the trade are all available online for anyone looking for woodworking news and information.

There is a growing community of woodworkers with their own specialist YouTube channels, some of whom make their living from doing what they love, sharing projects and ideas with viewers. One of the woodworking YouTubers is April Wilkerson  Triton Brand Champion for the USA who also provides valuable feedback on product development. April is the first to admit that she is relatively new to woodworking but with a passion for making and a determination to learn and share her knowledge she has gained a committed following for her YouTube channel. 
Triton Tools caught up with April at her workshop in Texas, USA, to find out more about how she has turned her woodworking hobby into a successful YouTube channel that is now her full-time job.
We also filmed an exclusive project build with April which will be posted here on the Triton blog early in the New Year so don’t forget to come back and see how it went.
To see more of April’s work, read up on her project or download some plans, check out her website  and her YouTube Channel   

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Making Lewes Festival – Kinship 2 - Creative Design-and-Make Challenge

Lewes is a small but ancient town in Sussex, England that has a rich tradition of craft, design and local manufacture that is still very much alive today. In September 2015 Triton sponsored a unique event hosted by Studio Hardie in their workshops as part of the Making Lewes Festival. 

Making Lewes is a community organisation that promotes the exchange of knowledge in the fields of Making, Architecture and Design & Sustainability. The Festival is now an annual event that hosts exhibitions, symposia, workshops and more.
Kinship is a design-and-make challenge within the festival that pulls together people from a range of different backgrounds and sets them a three-day challenge. Some are involved in craft, whilst others are designers, architects, sculptors and students. They are ably assisted by the skilled team at Studio Hardie, who help them to realise their concepts.  The process is very much a learning experience for those who attend, and explores concepts of design as well as the properties of a diverse range of materials on hand.

The Kinship project has a lot to do with the journey of discovery and collaborative thinking, as well as working together as a team. What is produced is more than a simple build project, it’s the collective output of many minds and hands working together. This short film illustrates some of the highlights of the project. If you are interested to find out more, check out the Making Lewes website:

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

How to build a wooden custom bike frame with bamboo

Back in August we visited the guys at In’Bô in France, a great young team making some really exciting products using innovative techniques fused with traditional materials.  

In this film, Pierre Thomas LeClaire talks us through the process of building a high-performance custom geometry bike. Using bamboo as the main frame component together with flax fibres bound by an organic resin, the end result is a truly unique sculpted-looking frame that is lightweight while at the same time shows amazing resilience in high-performance environments.  The process pulls together advanced design and construction processes with an intimate knowledge of the properties of their organic raw materials.

See this earlier post for an introduction to the team In Bo Introduction