Well Handled

Graham Fell

The next in our series of weekend workshops was a tool handle making course, run by coppice worker Sam Robinson. I was lucky enough to participate, and there is an incredible stillness and focus that comes when you sit on a shave horse with a piece of wood and a draw knife, slowly sculpting it to its useful form. We had six participants and all became engrossed in what they were doing.

One of our regular volunteers, David Pilling, attended this course and as he is a former woodworking tutor, he was a dab hand at churning out new handles at quite a rate. We were kindly donated a bag full of ask blanks by another regular volunteer, Graham Fell (top photo). So much was learned by all, and we made good progress in terms of renovating Walter’s tools.

We shall be having a volunteer workday on 7th August in Kendal to fit these handles, in collaboration with a blacksmith, who will make the ferrules (metal hoops to reinforce join between handle and blade). If anyone is interested in joining in please email walterstools@gmail.com.

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