The craft so long to learn – Paul Sellers on woodworking

The online resources for wannabe woodworkers are so good and so vast, it is possible to get lost in them and never actually cut any wood. On one side there is the Vulcan brilliance of Matthias Wandel whose ingenious machines make even more ingenious products. On the other, there is Paul Sellers, an Englishman whose patient explanations of hand tools and their uses are no less mesmerizing.

Sellers’s videos are unusually long and detailed with some projects spanning multiple videos. The videos are in turn an extension of a school he runs in the Merrie Olde after having lived, worked, and taught in the U.S. for many years. He takes little for granted, shows the intermediate steps, tweaks tool and wood to bring out subtle knowledge and pitfalls, and works through the inevitable glitches as and when they happen. No strategic edits for him. With fifty years in the craft, he knows how to keep things moving. As many commenters have noted, he is to woodworking as Bob Ross was to painting – no mistakes, only happy accidents, and a voice that lowers blood pressure better than medication.

Some playlists from the master:

How to make a Dovetail – The Three Joints – with Paul Sellers

Watch this video on YouTube.

How to make square stock straight, smooth and square (stock preparation part 1) – with Paul Sellers

Watch this video on YouTube.

Dovetail Caddy (part 1 of 5) – Woodworking project with Paul Sellers

Watch this video on YouTube.

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