Ms Debbie P's 2007 Shop Tour and Inspection #17: Thursday Tour @ the shop of YorkshireStewart

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Our inspection this week is to a another garage-based shop in Great Britain. We visited YorkshireStewart, whose facilities are “just a half mile or so from the rapidly eroding boulder clay cliffs of the East Yorkshire coast.”

Here’s a map to identify the location of those of us that were daydreaming about shop class while we were in geography class.

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In this shot it’s apparent that there is no small measure of wonder being manufactured there. This is a wooden rocking motorcycle made by Stewart for the Christmas gift of his grandson Sam. The detail of this project is astounding. There is even a tiny wooden sparkplug sticking out of the block.

Stewart enjoys box and cabinet work, as well as carving and turning. His work is featured in a Flickr Wooden Box Group. His handle there is Voigtlander, but it was pretty easy to sniff out his identity based on the photos posted on Lumberjocks. I’d venture to say that there are no other exact duplicates of his unique natural-edged lidded box anywhere in the world.

Debbie has occasion to inspect the totally organized hardware storage in Stewart’s shop. I was taking notes too.

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A shot down the length of Stewart’s work area, which is just wide enough to “Swing a cat”. PETA, please note that no actual cats were use to measure the shop’s circumference. The usual inspection tape measure was sufficient.

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After a close look about, it’s time to close out this week’s tour with a suitable cup of tea.

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Thanks for allowing our visit Stewart and for sharing your great projects with Lumberjocks around the world. Be it ever so humble, this a great shop and a definite winner. Stewart your passing certificate awaits.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#1 posted 2485 days ago

Great shop Stewart! Good work Douglas and Debbie! Your travels are impressive – regular globe trotters.

Stewart – what’s the plane on the bench under the #6 Fore plane?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#2 posted 2485 days ago

The trip was wonderful and I really enjoyed touring your shop.
The organization of hardware was inspirational.

Thank you for letting us come visit – and for the wonderful cuppa’

Congrats on the Pass

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 2485 days ago

Neat shop, Stewart and thanks to Douglas and Debbie.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 2485 days ago

It’s a right manly shop, Stewart! I especially like the high-tech labeling system on your hardware storage,

Debbie, you must be subjected to very close scrutiny when you go through airport security in that outfit. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 2485 days ago

Stewart, a great shop and great work comes out of it. Thanks for the visit. And Douglas and Debbie thanks for being our guides.

Charles I thought she hitched a ride on Santa’s sleigh.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 2485 days ago


Quite an organized workspace. If you can’t find it here, you don’t have one!

Great space.

Good job Ms. Executive Director, and Mr.Travel Agent Director (Doug, “the bordnerizer”).


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 2485 days ago

Quite the work place Mr. Stewart, a lot of very beautiful woodwork exits that shop. You should be very proud. Deb and Doug an outstanding job “over there” showing the wonderful digs of a wonderful woodworker. My congrats to both of you. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 2485 days ago

Nice tour guys! Congrats on the pass, Stewart!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#9 posted 2485 days ago

Company Jet fellas, the Company Jet :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 2485 days ago

nice shop and nice organization wall… I too am taking notes (and making totes)

I forgot the old-time measuring devices were marked out in vagaries and colloquialisms.

a hairs bredth, a baby step, half a step, spitting distance, the aforementioned “just enough to swing a cat”, and a stones throw.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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Douglas Bordner

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#11 posted 2485 days ago

Scott, make me a tote too! I need one for a #5. Say, wait a minute, I’m a woodworker, I could probably make my own (Thanks, cckeele for reminding me)!
I bought one of the Woodcraft knob and tote kits in bright red lacquer some years ago before I had a table saw and the whole arsenal. Time for them to go…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#12 posted 2485 days ago

Scott, so just how much room do you need to swing a tabby? (Sorry Deb)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#13 posted 2485 days ago

A good run for Santa’s Workshop, and they said the Northpole, huh..

-- All donations should be made out to me and in the form of wood or tools ~Chris

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Douglas Bordner

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#14 posted 2485 days ago

I’ll bet it gets suitably chilly there by the sea. I was shocked to learn that Stewart’s shop is north of Amsterdam (Like I said, daydreaming about something other that geography in class).

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#15 posted 2485 days ago

You know, if ya tie their tails together, you can swing two cats at the same time!

Nice shop Stewart! I’d love to visit England sometime just to quaff a couple of yards in an olde pub!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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