We’re just back from the most nail-biting, sweat inducing – and that was just the spectators – contest I’ve ever seen, watching three young hopefuls battle their way over a fraught 22 hours to win a single place in the furniture-making category, representing the UK Squad at WorldSkills in Brazil. 

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Trainer Christian Notley collapses in relief as they all await the results


The rest of the issue can be taken at a more leisurely pace as we visit an Indian family who achieve incredibly intricate carving,

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The Ranjid family used tools called ulis to carve these tiny pieces


an artist who is incorporating laser-cut wood into his own complex and appealing pieces, and watch Edward Hopkins doing some letter carving.

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Detail from one of Graham Carter’s laser-cut artworks


Michael Huntley’s foundation course reaches its crux with the first of a 2-parter on dovetails and Dave Roberts makes a late-in-the-day discovery of linenfold cutters.

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Simple dovetail for a simple drawer


Project wise we’ve got a Prairie House-style table, a ledged-and-braced cottage door, a garden pot tote and a turned jewellery stand while Jeff Gorman gets on with making his chair and Stephen Simmons tackles the drawers of his chest.

Oh, and Andy King and Phil Davy test some great tools and machines too.

Not to be missed issue 294 of Good Woodworking on sale 26th June 2015

Andrea Hargreaves, Editor