Ive been preparing my workspace at the end of my garden. Ive bought a selection of tools, some new, some old. But nothing could prepare me for the emotive experience of stepping into a warehouse full high of a myriad of woods, some exotic others more commonplace.
I took the train today to Amsterdam (I’m an Englishman living in The Hague). There deep in the docks, now surrounded by designer apartments on all sides, sits the last surviving importer and trader of quality woods. The Amsterdamsche Fijnhouthandel has existed since 1898 and been in the dockland area of the city since the 1960s.
As my first experience of being surrounded by the heady scent of such a vast array of exotic woods, I was a little in awe of what to do, but with some help from their friendly staff I gathered a few samples to take away – some beech, poplar and oak as well as some African padoek. I enjoyed looking for rift cut planks – looking at something with fresh eyes.
Priced by the m3, they explained how to work out the price of everything – so most planks come to less than 10 euro or so for a metre length machine planed. In the end they sold me 5 short planks for 15 euros!
I will use what I have bought to practice making joints, the plank of beech was rough cut and a little warped – I bought it on purpose to practise making it square. I think I may attempt Pauls coat rack and the shelf holders – I may have enough to make a drawer.
Very exciting days ahead.
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