Good Woodworking magazine issue 252If you can't find Good Woodworking in your local newsagent, you can order a copy direct from 0844 848 88 22

Welcome to issue 252

Maybe we should rename the mag Good Metalworking this month as it has a distinctly ferrous tang. Purists might give a snort of disbelief at the Centrefold slot (p46) but I challenge anyone with a creative atom in their bodies not to stare in awe at Alun Heslop’s breathtaking Hammerhead chairs. The original is in carved oak and the other –woody purists look away now - is in high-grade stainless steel. It really is marriage of art and craft. More of the hermetic of Haywards Heath’s work is on show at a free exhibition at Maidstone TV Studios, in Maidstone, Kent until the end of May. Stay tuned to GW for a profile of Alun he is a fascinating and outspoken maker. There are more mini-harmonies in metal starting on page 16 where Phil Davy gives his scholarly opinion on eight diddy shoulder planes. Davy gets all coarse edged on page 40 with the lowdown on abrasives, how to pick ‘em and how to use ‘em. The heavy metal theme continues on page 56 where Chris Tribe takes us by the hand and explains how to fit a lock.While we really will have to wait and see the full extent of the Olympic legacy on the UK economy Dave Robert’s and I were impressed with the trickle down effect that living in the shadow of the Olympic Village is having on the tyro designer/makers at the Building Crafts College (p32). And finally in a gesture of recession bucking generosity there are 10 free pairs of tickets for the Weald of Kent Craft show up for grabs on page 70

Mark Gould