My blog consists of all things wooden and engineering, as my career as an mechanical design engineer was coming to a decided end and the far eastern mechanisation was looming and removing ones ability to stay in the arena, I decided it was time to make a few new directions in life.
Those directions were to gather as many of the traditional skills as possible before the starvation of the hand to eye coordination that was now driving those hands dissapeared before our very eyes.
Having already made a myriad of different things including spinning wheel and traditional wooden wheelwrighting and traditional wooden tools, I embarked on a future using the skills set gained over several decades. The Chevalette marquetry arena is one I feel I need to futher enhance using alternatives.
My journey has been rich in others willing to teach this oldish dogs some new tricks which has saved me many thousands in retail therapy. I have used the skills to get the things needed done, others now realising what the high tech future has created, need to work fast while the real life skills on offer are still being shared.
In my blog are many items that I have made for myself over the last 25 years, using the skills gain from many of the old masters themselves. Skills like the wheelwright which I now use for traditional wheelbarrows and carts etc.
I am also a fully time served traditional shoe and boot maker with a full electric free workshop, doing thing in the ways of old, including making the bespoke wooden lasts, and traditional clogs.
At Wooden Engineering we consider any challenge with an open book and would try anything once.
A pair of my handmade shoes, double leather welted construction.