Overall winner of Shed of the Year 2016 - - Kevin Herbert from Berkshire and his eco-friendly hideaway ‘West Wing’

Overall winner of Shed of the Year 2016 - - Kevin Herbert from Berkshire and his eco-friendly hideaway ‘West Wing’

We’ve got a fun-packed October issue for you, so sit back, relax and get cosy!

After much anticipation, we finally reveal the seven category winners followed by the overall winner of Shed of the Year 2016. We have six pages filled with wonderful sheds, each amazing in their own right. Unfortunately, there can only be one winner and he is also this month’s cover star - Kevin Herbert from Berkshire and his eco-friendly hideaway ‘West Wing’, which beat off stiff competition to be crowned the ultimate winner. For those of you who saw the accompanying TV show, you will know just what a nail-biting final it was and we loved every minute of it. In fact, we can’t wait to see what the sheddies come up with for next year’s competition!

Inspired by a fishing trip to Mexico, Les Thorne sets about turning his own hobo reel and fishing float
Inspired by a fishing trip to Mexico, Les Thorne sets about turning his own hobo reel and fishing float

We have a great range of projects for you this month including Les Thorne’s turned hobo reel and fishing float. If you’re bored of turning round brown things then this could be just the change you need! Join Les as he takes you through the steps for making this great little project. Perfect for any budding magician who likes a spot of woodwork, Andrea Biffi’s magic wooden wallet takes inspiration from a classic magic trick and puts a modern and striking spin on it. Wow your friends and make them believe you’ve struck it rich! If box-making is more your thing then you’ll love Ben Brandt’s walnut box with aluminium splines, which is sure to expand your woodworking repertoire, and in Around the House Phil Davy shows you how to build a display rack for your most treasured possessions.

For the greatest accuracy, a knife line marked directly against a component to show its position removes the errors that come with measurements
For the greatest accuracy, a knife line marked directly against a component to show its position removes the errors that come with measurements

In terms of technical articles, John Bullar returns with the next in his beginners’ series, which sees him exploring the range of marking tools available to the furniture maker as well as the techniques that can be used in order for you to get the most from them. And in the next part of his beginners’ guide to using power tools, Peter Bishop moves on to looking at a variety of static, fixed-bed saws and discussing tips and techniques for their usage. Lastly, we have a great article from Barrie Scott, who speaks frankly about the trials and tribulations of being a joiner on the job and shares some of his varied commissions with us, as well as the ups and downs he experienced while making them!

Scott E. Armstrong’s ‘Brandi Desk and Credenza’ - commission set for a home office, which needed to be compact while making a big statement. Made using cherry and ash
Scott E. Armstrong’s ‘Brandi Desk and Credenza’ - commission set for a home office, which needed to be compact while making a big statement. Made using cherry and ash

Fresh back from the recent Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design, Robert Scott shares his stunning ‘Aeolian’ stack laminated and hand-carved table, which forms this month’s ‘Centrefold’, and the Editor finds out how more the work of studio furniture maker Scott E. Armstrong, who really does loves wood! With a career spanning some 35 years, this maker strives for excellence in the design and execution of every piece he makes.

Andy King putting the Bosch GSS 160-1 A Multi Sander through its paces
Andy King putting the Bosch GSS 160-1 A Multi Sander through its paces

In ‘Kit & Tools’ Andy King gets to grips with Axminster’s Trade Series EX-16 scrollsaw - a serious piece of kit which aims to make your make your scrollsawing journey as enjoyable as possible. He also highly recommends Kreg’s Square-Cut jig, which produces perfect cross-cuts every time, and when using the Bosch GSS 160-1 A Multi Sander, you can be sure of a smooth ride.

And if you haven’t already considered applying, then now is the time to get making your piece of furniture to enter into Felder’s 60th anniversary competition. There is still plenty of time left, so start putting chisel to wood and get in the workshop as you could be in with the chance of winning one of three fantastic prizes, worth a combined total of over £4,000!

All this and much more in GW310, which hits the shelves on 16 September.

Enjoy!

Tegan Foley, Editor