News

Taking Stock, 20th September 2018

With the Bathroom Cabinet rounded out with a turned handle, and plenty of workbench customisations under out belt, who’s ready for a whole new batch of videos? For the premium projects, we’re well into the Eco Bin project, which is coming along nicely with the frames coming together. After the Eco Bin is complete and […]

Read More

Taking Stock, 13th July 2018

We’re getting settled in… Things are getting more stable here at Rokesmith HQ. But don’t worry, we haven’t been resting on our laurels. In the studio, we continue to work on the lighting and acoustic properties of our new set, working to improve visibility for both Paul and you, our viewers, and produce clearer audio. […]

Read More

Taking Stock and Moving In, 9th May 2018

So….. we’re finally in! We have just finished filming the Blanket Chest series, which was our last project to finish in the temporary space at the new building. It’s been quite a journey, from filming in the New Legacy Woodworking workshop at Penrhyn Castle, to the unit and temporary garage set at the Sylva Wood Centre, […]

Read More

Taking Stock, 23rd March 2018

Well, it’s been a busy few months here at Woodworking Masterclasses, both with our move (which is ongoing) and with changes to aspects of the website including the video library. We also started a new Facebook page and Instagram account, so follow us there for more from behind the scenes. Many of you have been watching […]

Read More

We’ve Moved!

When we moved out of the castle workshop in North Wales into the workspace at the Sylva Foundation. We knew that a time would come when we would need a larger space, but we weren’t sure where or when. Those of you who follow Paul’s blog or YouTube channel may have noticed that we have […]

Read More

Taking Stock, 5th January 2018

Happy new year to you all. Hope you had a restful Christmas with a little time to get out into the workshop. Some of you have submitted pictures of some beautiful projects over the break. We released a few Christmassy bits and pieces which I hope you enjoyed. Our series of router based joinery techniques […]

Read More

Christmas Project Ideas for 2017

It’s December and Christmas suddenly feels surprisingly close! Perhaps there are a few people you want to spoil this year with a handmade gift. This is a follow up to last year’s post on recommended projects to make from Woodworking Masterclasses: Let’s have a look at a few of this year’s projects that could make […]

Read More

What do you enjoy survey results

Thank you to all 1017 of you who filled out the latest survey on the content you most enjoy on Woodworking Masterclasses. For any of those interested, I have put together some charts for your perusal. We decided to seperate the results from free and premium members to help us to specifically meet the varying […]

Read More

Recently on Woodworking Masterclasses

I thought it worth a little recap of the latest free tool and technique videos from the past few months, for anyone who missed them. Making and using a wooden spokeshave was a great combo of videos designed to give everyone the opportunity to use these wonderful and versatile tools.   The sharpening plate holder […]

Read More

It has been five years!

Just over five years ago Paul and I decided to start this site. It was the 1st November 2012 that Paul posted our announcement of the site, precisely five years ago today! To celebrate, we are releasing a new video series on bench building. You can see the introduction here. This is a free project […]

Read More

Workbench Incoming

Some of you may have noticed some changes happening in the background of the set. For those that are interested, Paul has blogged on the upcoming changes here and here. This will have a positive affect on Woodworking Masterclasses. It has been the natural progression from the last few years of putting together tool and […]

Read More

Coming up on Woodworking Masterclasses

Some of you may have spotted a few glimpses of upcoming projects on various social medias. I definitely recommend going and checking out both Paul’s Facebook page and Instagram feed, as well as his blog if you haven’t already discovered them. But I thought you would all be interested in where we are going with […]

Read More

Surveys Incoming

One of the great things about woodworking is that people from all over the world, in a whole range of circumstances (see the featured gallery images from WWMC members), can make such a large variety of projects, suited to a specific purpose and with lasting value. While we hope that the projects and videos we […]

Read More
Sofa Table by chubbard

Gallery Goodness, 28th July 2017

It’s a day of heightened industry in the workshop. Paul has a class here, currently in its fourth day, and the air resounds with the various thuds, clangs, bangs and thumps that accompany hand tool woodworkers in full flow. But it’s not just here that folks are ripping and shaping, witness the preponderance of pieces photographed for your enjoyment over the course of this past month!

Read More

Behind the Scenes – The technical team

Woodworking Masterclasses is a juxtaposition of mostly hand tool woodworking with hi-tech filming and web based technologies. In order to keep it running, there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes. Let’s take a look at some of what is involved in making that happen. Joseph provides the direction and focus for Woodworking […]

Read More
Paul and Ellie at work on a project

Innovating in Videography and Woodworking

Hello Woodworking Masterclasses subscribers, As many of you will have noticed, we have been making (more than usual) significant changes to our presenting, filming and editing process. This has been particularly evident on our longer projects, but will be seen across all of our content. I thought it might be useful to provide some insight […]

Read More

Trees for the Future

Everyone needs trees but the link between woodworkers and trees is more apparent than general and, perhaps, even more important. The thing is, most trees take a very long time to grow so it takes a special kind of care for the future to take the time to plant trees. We enjoy the harvest from […]

Read More

Website Housekeeping

I am carrying out a small tidy-up on the Tools and Techniques page today to make it a little less cluttered. This means some of the videos from months gone by might pop up again on the Latest Projects and Activity sections of the front page. So, if you see a familiar-looking video crop up unexpectedly, it […]

Read More

Introducing the Wall Hung Tool Cabinet

It’s great to hear how many of you have been getting your creative workspaces up and running so you  can get woodworking. Maybe you want somewhere to keep your tools organised that is quickly accessible. What better place to store your carefully restored tools than a tool cabinet. We have had many requests from people […]

Read More

EU VAT and Invoices

The look of our receipt/invoice is changing This is just a quick notice to let you know that the design of our invoices will be changing from 1 January 2015. We know that many of you are savvy and cautious when it comes to online payments so we just wanted you to know that this change is […]

Read More

Our First Year – Thank You!

It’s been a year It was a year today that I posted the first video to this website. It wasn’t a particularly new venture, in many ways it was quite an old one. Paul, my dad, has been teaching woodworking for decades. The classes that we were booking were filling and much of the interest […]

Read More

Introducing Phil

This website was launched nine months ago as an experiment. We wanted to see whether we could really help to train people using online videos as a medium. It has developed and grown in some great and unexpected ways. Along the way many of the members have acknowledged the fact that there must be more […]

Read More