Why Do We Use Spokeshaves?

One of the tools people are surprised to see hanging in our workshops is the spokeshave. A very ancient tool, they were originally made in wood as wheelwrights’ tools, for shaping the “spokes” of a cartwheel. Similarly, they were commonly used by the Windsor chair makers of the 18th and 19th centuries for shaping stretchers …

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Modern Day Office in an C18 Century Bureau

Bureaus are back! Gone are the days of bulky desk top computers.  Humungous hard drives have been slimmed; fax machines replaced by email and monitors as deep as they are wide are now as little as one inch thick. These days people favour a lap top over a desk top (according to the IDC, the …

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Is Antique Furniture Good Value?

Now is a good time to buy! Antique furniture is cheaper in real terms than it has been for many years. It is often the same price, or cheaper, than a modern piece which is worth next to nothing by the time you get it home. There are several reasons for buying antique furniture: it …

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