Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Once upon a tree; Il Etait Un Arbre.

Meet 3 friends from the ENSTIB Wood Engineering school in Epinal; who’s passion for woodworking and creativity pushed them to create their own company, ‘Il Etait Un Arbre.’

Despite one of the founders growing up working with steel, the company have discovered the beauty that working with wood can offer- as well as offering an ecological benefit too, which was the inspiration behind creating the company. ‘Wood is a bio based material, completely renewable- we are working with a living organism and there’s a special feeling that comes with that.’

Friday, 16 September 2016

Best of the Woodworking Web- Theres no place like here: Liberty Tool

In honour of #DIYweek our Best of the Woodworking Web post shows H.G "Skip" Brack who salvages tools from all over New England to resell at affordable prices; making DIY accessible to everyone.

Through this, H.G "Skip" Brack supports his local economy and craftsmen- He salvages up to 1 and a half tons of tools each week and resells at affordable prices. 'I price things intuitively, but I do it so people can afford it. People around here aren't rich, and I'm conscious of that.'

There's No Place Like Here: Liberty Tool from Etsy on Vimeo.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Crimson Guitars Revisited

We first visited Ben Crowe at Crimson Guitars, based in Dorset in the UK, in early 2014. At that time, Ben was pretty much flat out getting his fledgling specialist custom guitar business off the ground. His infectious mix of enthusiasm, passion for his craft and commitment to spreading the word with a relentless social media schedule was difficult to resist. 
A couple of years on and this dedicated #MasterofWood has grown his business making guitars and a line of specialist luthiers tools for building and repairing string instruments. He also trains and educates his growing team of talented luthiers and apprentices, plus the wider fan base that follow him on YouTube.

We thought it was time to catch up again with Ben and see where Crimson Guitars have got to two years on. The transformation is truly impressive. 

If you missed the original post catch it here Crimson Guitars March 2014

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Best of the WoodWorking Web- Natural Goods

Our Best of The Woodworking Web post tells the story of Luca Bressan, a designer born by The Dolomites; a mountain range located in north-eastern Italy.  His love for the ocean and wildlife created a 'cultural clash' between forest and saltiness. This short documentary by Marco Mucig 'Natural Goods' showcases Luca's passion for creating high performance surfboards using the best from nature. His idea of building surfboards and living in the mountains might sound crazy, but when Luca found out that madness was possible, the world became a different place.  His background as a product designer, growing up around nature and his innovative eye made his passion for surf shaping incredibly natural to allow him to create uniquely crafted surfboards that no one had achieved before.

For more information about Luca and his work, visit

Monday, 1 August 2016

Build and heirloom tool chest, free to download project plans

Launched in 2015 the Triton TWX7 Workcentre is proving a real hit with woodworkers. Its combination of workbench, precision router table and table saw is the core of a great workshop set up. We challenged the team at Woodworkers Journal to come up with a quality project that could be completed on the Workcentre. Chris Marshall accepted that challenge and has produced this terrific project plan and accompanying video to build a quality tool chest that would look great in any workshop.

You can watch the video of the project build below  and download the full plans and step by step guidance from this link. Triton Tool Chest Plans

For anyone who completes this project and shares a picture of the finished piece with us via Facebook or Twitter we will send you a  unique Triton care package.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

How to make a picture frame with no mitres

Picture frames are a regular for the woodworker. They make a great gift or quick project to add a nice touch around the home. But you don’t always have to go to the trouble of a full mitred joint. Sometimes a simple joint done well using a quality timber and well finished is all you need.  In this video George Vondriska from Woodworkers Guild of America shows us how to make a simple, frame with no mitres on the Triton TWX7 Workcentre. Be sure to check out the full and extensive online library of resources at

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Wooden Sled Maker – Marc Besnier

Our latest Master of Wood is Marc Besnier a craftsman whose business Au Fil Du Bois is based on a beautiful hill top in Ardecshe, Southern France.  Marc creates high performance dog sleds and wooden luges. Some are bespoke creations, fitted to the user’s size and weight, destined for use in the harshest sub-zero environments as a critical element of a polar expedition. Whilst the smaller luge can be seen in smart resorts across the Alps and beyond. Though many modern composite materials are available, the use of wood primarily Ash coupled with the skilled hands of a craftsman such as Marc still provides the high performance, durability and flexibility that is required when you are operating in the toughest conditions.