Good Woodworking cover image for issue 271Welcome

The shiny face and through-a-bush-backwards hair are the result of spending a fraught but fun taster day at Axminster Tool Centre; there was certainly no time for getting the comb out to rectify the coiffural damage wrought by a protective head shield and facemask in the rush to turn a vase in two hours, not to speak of a plumb bob, a leaf carving and, er, what you see pictured below. Projects of a far more professional standard are delivered by former GW Editor Mark Gould, who shows you how he made his final college piece, and by another graduate, Faye Murphy, who masters laminating to create an iPad stand. For the last word in shelf production and fixing you’ll want to see what Phil Davy’s up to, while turners lacking the patience to season their timber will be able to learn from Les Thorne, who turns a green lump of holly oak into a large bowl. Andy King’s been having fun in his workshop putting power and hand tools to the test, and Peter Benson went to California to look at Green & Greene design, while we take a look at this year’s Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design. Enjoy.

Andrea Hargreaves, Editor