The February issue is brimming full of great content to hopefully brighten your spirits through these rainy winter months! Our cover star this month is SkillBuild judge and BBC Young Carpenter of the Year, Tirbhavan ‘Tibby’ Singh Chodha, who takes us through the steps for making an unusual and completely unique commission - a beautifully designed font cover for his local church. The project also features the addition of glow in the dark engravings, which look amazing once the lights are dimmed!
With patience you can convert a small log yourself to make an item such as a little box, stool or breadboard
We also have the next of John Bullar’s series of ‘starting furniture making’ articles, which this month sees him discussing the subject of choosing wood for your furniture making projects. He covers the buying choices available to you, the various types of wood you can buy, how timber is machined and how it should be correctly stored. As John correctly states: “whatever wood you choose, make sure it is dry and stable before starting work on it.”
Philipp Stummer’s wall cabinet holds endless possibilities
Young furniture makers represent the future of the craft, and this month we have a young lad who’s passion for making is abundantly clear - Warwickshire College student Philipp Stummer. Here he takes us through the process for making his ‘Hemisphere’ wall cabinet, which includes his own brand of dovetails to represent sunrays, not to mention masses of talent to produce what is a very precise project.
Mark Griffiths working on his replica Iron Age vessel using traditional hand tools
We also have some great features for you to enjoy, which cover the subjects of Iron Age woodworking and green chairmaking. Mark Griffiths tells us the story of the Pallasboy Iron Age Vessel project, which sees him rebuilding a replica of an Iron Age vessel discovered in a peat bog dating from around 36 BC. Made entirely using replica hand tools from that era, the completed project is now on display in Cork Museum.
Barrie Scott also visits Mike Abbott’s green woodworking school and speaks to some of his students who are thoroughly hooked on this enjoyable and relaxing pastime. He shares his secrets on creating the perfect tenon, tools of the trade and demonstrates the all importance ‘bounce’ test!
Win one of 50 sets of Pica-Marker products
Fancy winning a Pica-Dry and Pica POCKET marker? We have 50 sets up for grabs and the first 50 people to enter will be selected. Andy King tested both products in this issue and he described them as the ‘ideal workshop marking solutions’. The Pica-Dry marks and writes on all material surfaces - even on dusty, raw, oily, wet and dark surfaces and the Pica POCKET features a belt or pocket-mounted protective scabbard that can either hold the Classic 540 pencil or the Classic 541 version. You can enter on our website by clicking here.
We also have lots more for you including Michael Huntley’s puzzling Japanese joints, Les Thorne’s tale of two candlesticks, Phil Davy’s clever bathroom storage solution and Andy King gets to grips with the latest kit. Be sure to pick up issue 302 of Good Woodworking, which hits the shelves on 29 January 2016.
Tegan Foley, Editor
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