Tom Winfield

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South Devon

http://tomsworkshop.uk/

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Little ones love their new stage?
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Cabin by @otaboy1 .Deck by @tomsworkshop_
Larch. I got away without steam bending the curved front trim by using a very green plain sawn board from the outside of the tree. Slightly counter intuitive as a clean quarter sawn board might seem like the first choice. However, empirically, that did not bear out. I concluded the newest growth is most elastic and has to resist the greatest displacement and shear stresses when the whole tree is in bending.

Bringing my inner engineer (Patrick) to work is not optional.

Cabin by @otaboy1 . Deck by @tomsworkshop_
'Matthew Walker' end knot. #rigging

Cabin by @otaboy1 . Deck by @tomsworkshop_
Cabin by @otaboy1 . Deck by @tomsworkshop_
I am feeling the inward pull. Returning home each day with winter gathering round like a pestering wind. A time of listening, nurturing, and re-stocking. What sustenance has been growing in the land of my heart this year? In the Celtic calendar the year actually begins today, after the festival of Samhain on 31 October. The first month of the Celtic year is Samonios, 'Seed Fall': in other words, death and darkness brings life. It has always been that way. But as the darkness leans in, listening to sober news of nature's struggle, a quiet corner in me fears of the winter that will eventually become 'the long winter'. In the new Blade Runner 2049 film, ecosystem collapse in the mid 2020's has changed the world beyond recognition. Climate change has caused the sea level to rise dramatically. Humans who were not well enough to leave for the off-world colonies are left behind. There is no fresh food. By all accounts this collaspe is well under way. Biodiversity and habitat loss is leading to what Scientists​ are now calling the sixth mass extinction in Earth’s history.

I am often struck by the sadness, around the beauty of this land, love and grief tossed on the same coin. Running under a line of trees near the riverbank, sometimes just the way the morning light catches my eye through the leaves is enough trigger crushing emotion. And then I wonder, as I go, how to best spend my time, broken and flawed as a man that I am.

I work with intention, the best I can. I cook with love and care, the best I can. I try to transform my personal and ancestral baggage, the best I can. I try to be patient with myself and others, the best i can. I support my partner, the best I can. I pain to find the words to tell you how life is for me, the best I can. I play with friends children in wonder and excitement. Well, that is effortless actually. And I might even do a good job of those things now and again.

On this all hallows day, my prayer is we all do what we can with what we have. Knowing the hardships endured by those who lived and died so we could be here, and the certain hardships to follow for our young. Start at home. Listen. That is what winters are for and it's a new year.
More charring of cladding using the @tomsworkshop_ patented shou-sugi-ban V-jig to hold and channel the flame. Hard Dartmoor oak for a current build we're on so a lighter, shallower, burn. Wonderful zesty scent.

I will be kind of glad when this architectural fashion is over but I also like the finish and texture it adds to the timber, and practically makes good sense given the durability and protection it adds. I'd prefer to be running the torches off a renewable though. Biogas? Magnifying glass?!🔥 Smokin'
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#shosugiban #yakisugi
Sawn larch meet cast concrete, cast concrete meet larch. Minimal construction with some handcrafted details.
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#fabricationfriday #wabisabi #timberisthenewconcrete (except when it's in the ground)
New project, new tools. It's a cliché about investing in quality tools, but it's a cliché for a reason. HKC55 18V circular & plunge saw, with detachable FSK cross-cut rail.
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#newtools #tomsworkshop #festoolfriday #hkc55 #festool #toolporn
Shaving a high spot off the end of a floor joist making it flush with the top of the bottom plate. Taking time to square or flatten out bits of the frame at this stage make the rest of the carpentry a lot easier. Wonderful Clifton smoothing plane courtesy of @outofthevalley_
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#handtoolthursday #throwbackthursday #sharp #keepcraftalive #carpenter #designbuild #fabricate
The right twig is hornbeam, at first I thought it was beech or hazel (middle and left). Subtle differences and similarities.

The name hornbeam comes from the hardness of its timber - ‘horn’ means ‘hard’ and ‘beam’ was the name for a tree in old English. It is the hardest wood native in the UK, used now for furniture and turnery. In the days before iron (it is also termed 'ironwood' along with other hard timbers) it was highly valued for cog wheels in mills, hammers, pulley blocks - anything  that needed exceptionally hard-wearing surfaces. Similarly, remedies made from the wood extract are known to provide strength and relieve exhaustion!

#beech #hazel #hornbeam #leafhunt #naturewalk #taxonomy #apothecary
I am intending to do much more of my own work, alone and in collaboration. I am doing this under @tomsworkshop_, a place that has been evolving over the last months, while I gathered up and distilled my convictions. I expect it to be in passage and flux, and I am not underestimating the leaps we all make for what we want; with sometimes only a half-lit knowing that we will be caught. The end is not clear but this is the right step.

I am aspirational when I talk, but now I need to scaffold my words by putting things of value in to the world beneath. Hopefully, in part, for folk less fortunate and privileged than myself and in service of something greater than me. With patience, discipline, and most importantly some failure. As a man, who gracefully carries water to his own hardships time after time, once told me: "Stories of victory never work."
Last week my friend, teacher, and award winner maker, had a serious fire in his workshop. He has spent decades expressing his relationship with wood through his craft, and hitherto tilling the soil of his home to create the conditions that allow him to be successful at doing that.

Standing by the smoking roof with him and his family, as the ever dependable emergency services arrived, I became deeply present to the treasure of this setback - it wasn't what he has achieved, made, or lost that really mattered, it was that we were there to offer love and support to a dear friend. Poignant lessons about dedication to work, commitment to a vision for my (our) future, but to not let the trappings and self-obsessed gravity of my own inspiration pull me from what really matters: The richness of human connection, compassion for others, and gratitude for my own fortune that I might sit here and reflect about how things are today.

Thankful.

#tomsworkshop
tomsworkshop.uk
I am intending to do much more of my own work, alone and in collaboration. I am doing this under @tomsworkshop_, a place that has been evolving over the last months, while I gathered up and distilled my convictions. I expect it to be in passage and flux, and I am not underestimating the leaps we all make for what we want; with sometimes only a half-lit knowing that we will be caught. The end is not clear but this is the right step.

I am aspirational when I talk, but now I need to scaffold my words by putting things of value in to the world beneath. Hopefully, in part, for folk less fortunate and privileged than myself and in service of something greater than me. With patience, discipline, and most importantly some failure. As a man, who gracefully carries water to his own hardships time after time, once told me: "Stories of victory never work."
Last week my friend, teacher, and award winner maker, had a serious fire in his workshop. He has spent decades expressing his relationship with wood through his craft, and hitherto tilling the soil of his home to create the conditions that allow him to be successful at doing that.

Standing by the smoking roof with him and his family, as the ever dependable emergency services arrived, I became deeply present to the treasure of this setback - it wasn't what he has achieved, made, or lost that really mattered, it was that we were there to offer love and support to a dear friend. Poignant lessons about dedication to work, commitment to a vision for my (our) future, but to not let the trappings and self-obsessed gravity of my own inspiration pull me from what really matters: The richness of human connection, compassion for others, and gratitude for my own fortune that I might sit here and reflect about how things are today.

Thankful.

#tomsworkshop
tomsworkshop.uk