Habitree launches the Kebony Christmas tree for sustainable holidays
Habitree launches the Kebony Christmas tree for sustainable holidays

Yes, Christmas is nearly upon us, so celebrate the upcoming festive season with GW313! As usual, we have the perfect mix of projects, techniques, features, all the latest woodworking news as well as a wide range of tests and product pages for you to enjoy. Our cover star this month is the great Danish pipe maker Tom Eltang, who is widely regarded the whole world over. Arko Højholt went to meet him at his studio and learnt a great deal about this very interesting character, whose magnificent pipes really are creations to behold. Also shown above is the wonderful Kebony Christmas tree. If you’re looking for a sustainable alternative to the usual Christmas fir, why not take a look at one of these? Available online now, the Habitree can be individually shaped by the designer and decorated with candles or more traditional decorations. We also have a brand-new competition for you, which offers readers the chance to win a Bosch GEX 125-150 AVE Professional random orbit sander and M480 abrasives bundle worth over £325 – see inside the issue to find out more.

Michael McCrory’s contemporary kitchen stools
Michael McCrory’s contemporary kitchen stools

We have some great projects in store for you, including a pair of contemporary kitchen stools from Michael McCrory, which he made after being inspired by a similar pair by a French woodworker. Elegant and contemporary in appearance, these would make an ideal addition to any kitchen. Also, made in Weil am Rhein, Germany by Van Bo Le-Menzel, we look at how a reproduction Generation Weil Chair can be simply made using only a few clamps, glue and a selection of Dremel multi-tools - yes, it really is possible to recreate a designer chair that is on show at the Vitra Design Museum. And lastly, inspired by a recent trip to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Phil Davy makes a pair of ultra-modern bookends using exotic veneer.

Students at Peter Sefton’s Furniture School reading the grain and marking out boards
Students at Peter Sefton’s Furniture School reading the grain and marking out boards

In ‘Techniques’, as part of his beginners’ guide to power tools series, moving on to looking at the plethora of power sanding options available to the woodworker, Peter Bishop talks us through the wide range on the market, offers tips for getting the most from them and also covers the broad topic of abrasives; and in the next part of his ‘Tales from the School’ series, Peter Sefton and his Long Course students mix up the use of machines and hand tools to make a small rack, before Dennis Keeling goes about making a table using a CNC router, and while he encountered a few problems with the proportion of the table to the legs, the end result is very striking. And finally, we have a very special article from the winner of the ‘Cabin & Summerhouse’ category in the 2016 Shed of the Year competition, Oliver Renison, who shares the secrets behind the making of his amazing ’Shed of Dreams’.

A piece from Stuart Mortimer’s ‘Pink Ivory Shell’ series
A piece from Stuart Mortimer’s ‘Pink Ivory Shell’ series

In ‘People and Places’, Edward Hopkins brings us his next ‘Home Truths’, which sees him designing on the hoof and coming up with a donkey bracket; and we also have a special report from the recent Wizardry in Wood exhibition, courtesy of Les Thorne, who takes a break from project making to explore the art, beauty, skill and mystery on show at this much-loved event. Looking at the special guest exhibitions and demonstrations, he also showcases a selection of woodturners who have had a particular influence on his turning life.

Phil Davy takes a look at the Ryobi R18ROS-0 18V random orbit sander
Phil Davy takes a look at the Ryobi R18ROS-0 18V random orbit sander

Seeing as it’s Christmas, we have even more great tests and reviews lined up for you from the great Andy King and Phil Davy. Starting with the Peter Child pyrography machine, Andy tries out his artistic skills before taking a look at the impressive new Milwaukee M18 CN18GS nail gun. He finds the Milescraft Sand Devil 3.0 to not only represent great value for money but it’s also ideal for blitzing back Polyfilla from door linings as well as for any drylining-type work. Phil Davy also looks at some great options from Ryobi: the R18PS 18V palm sander and the R18ROS-0 18V random orbit sander - both of which are definitely worth putting on your Christmas list!

Fancy winning a Hammer A3-26 planer/thicknesser worth over £3,000?
The first prize for Felder’s 60th anniversary competition is a A3-26 with silent-power spiral cutterblock - worth over £3,000!

Plus, if you haven’t already, then do get sending in your entries for our Felder 60th anniversary competition. Time is ticking, so don’t miss out on your chance to be crowned one of Britain’s best amateur furniture makers and be in with a chance of winning one of three fantastic prizes, worth a combined total of over £4,000! Find out more details inside this issue and good luck to all those of you who enter.

All this and much more in GW313, which hits the shelves on 2 December.

Enjoy!

Tegan Foley, Editor