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Member postings for Gareth Hamilton

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Thread: First Hand Made Project
23/06/2014 00:11:04

Thanks everyone for the great feedback. I am really keen on improving my hand tool skills for two dominant reasons, the first being that I have a great respect for the craft and put a lot of significance in developing the traditional skills that will one day hopefully be the difference between a potential client choosing something I have created over something mass produced.

My second reason is possibly a more practical one in that I currently have my workbench in the living room, behind the sofa, so I don't have room for any machinery and even if I did, I think the waste generated would be too much for me to manage with my little dust pan and brush!

One day when I have a proper workshop I will no doubt have machinery in it but financially that is still a long way away and gives me added incentive to develop really great skills with hand tools to enable me to produce purchase worthy products!

11/05/2014 00:46:03

Just a confirmation - the website remark wasn't meant for me... *phew* (I don't even have a website).

Great feedback from everyone - I am loving woodwork, coming from many years working behind a computer this has to be the most daring (taking a huge decrease in wage) decision I have ever made and also one of the best!

Ron, I am trying to stay away from power tools for the foreseeable future with perhaps the naive view on being able to make everything with hand tools - I understand this will slow the process but I'm okay with that for now. *that might change.

I also made a little beard comb from a piece of scrap as I started growing a beard when I started the bench joinery course. comb1.jpg


29/04/2014 11:51:38

The living room workshop is a very temporary measure - and it means I am forever brushing up. There are a lot of shavings but they currently reside in plastic bags. I have the best wife, really supportive and keen to learn bits and pieces too...

28/04/2014 23:02:31

Hi everyone. I am pretty new to woodworking (Nov 2013) and currently completing a Level 2 course in Bench Joinery part time at my local college to get me a few basic skills and on the path towards a career in woodworking. I have a fondness of hand made craft and completed my first project with using only the tools you can see on the workbench in the image. I hope this is posted in the right place and hope you all like!


Thread: Self-taught or Vocational Training
29/09/2013 22:15:38

I am at that stage in live that I am sure many of you have been before me and I am wondering if a career change into woodworking would be better via the self taught route or the vocational training route.

If anyone has any suggestions or thoughts on the matter I would really appreciate reading them.

I am 33, I have spent a majority of my adult life working in an office and occassionaly toyed with the idea of becoming a carpenter on and off for as long as I can remember. It is only recently that I have realised that being successful doesn't always mean making lots of money and being a father of two children, having time for family life is important to me.

I don't have the finances or time to take a year out to participate in an intense course and am finding it increasingly difficult to find courses in Northern Ireland that don't involve already being imployed in the construction industry.

Thanks in advance.

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