I’ve been a bit scarce around these parts recently as my ‘woodworking’ has had to take a back seat to other priorities. Earlier in the summer SWMBO and I decided to fill in a very large and un-saveable pond in our garden and to replace it with a large decking area and pergola. I’ve never done any building projects before, so the idea of digging holes for Pergola posts and for joist support posts, plus using concrete etc. was a bit daunting. The measuring/levelling scared me stiff to be honest.
Anyway, 80% of the way into the project, Pergola up, 5 metres by 4 metres of decking laid level and square (enough ;-)), we’re almost there, and it’s looking really good. I had a bit of realisation though the other night whilst I was chopping out a notch in a heavy duty decking board. I had measured the board accurately, made knife walls to start the saw cut, chopped out the waste , then flattened the sides and bottom using a razor sharp bevel edged chisel! How the hell did I know how to do all this? Mr Paul Sellers and his videos, that’s how. Without realising, I’ve picked up so many new skills, from sharpening, to measuring to reading the grain etc.etc. that I’ve been able to put to immediate and very practical use.
It might not be fine woodworking, but it’s woodworking all the same and I can honestly say that this time last year I wouldn’t have known how to even start most of these tasks. So a huge thanks Paul.
Yorkshireman currently living in Hampshire
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