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The New English Workshop

February 25, 2014

I just received a letter from Paul Mayon at The New English Workshop.

Paul, along with Derek Jones, are the two behind a new partnership whose mission is nothing short of,

making fine woodworking in the UK the envy of the world again.

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Here’s what they say on their website:

The New English Workshop is a partnership of professionals and enthusiasts passionate about preserving the craft of fine furniture making. As well as seeking to promote and encourage the use of traditional methods of working we’re focused on providing training and education to the highest standard for like minded souls.

Paul sent me a link for  a new review of my book, The Unplugged Woodshop and I thought I’d share it with you.


For the full review, follow THIS LINK.

But for now, here are a few of the highlights:

My favourite comment about Tom Fidgen goes like this: ‘I love Chris Schwarz, he’s like the American version of Tom Fidgen’. Canadians get it, Americans roll their eyes and we British are still waiting for the punchline.

The first things that hit you are: This book is big, beautifully illustrated and the projects are mouth-wateringly enticing. Like all those who ‘do woodworking properly‘ Tom Fidgen shows the value of making jigs, fixtures and workshop appliances: this is not a coffee table book about boutique tools.  It is clear Tom loves what he does – and he does a lot of it.

The meat and potatoes of the book are the 11 chapters of furniture, shop appliances and tools that Tom has designed and built.  Each project is accompanied by tips and advice that have a constant thread running through them: Get into good habits with your work.

Why is Tom Fidgen one of the best selling woodworking authors on the planet?… Because he makes you want to prop his book up in the workshop and start building.


I’m flattered by this review, especially coming from peers held in such high esteem;

I’m also thrilled to say that the New English Workshop has invited me to come to the UK to teach with them.

We haven’t confirmed any dates yet, but it will no doubt be sometime in 2015.

Stay tuned for more information and be sure to follow the links to  checkout some of their upcoming courses.

Christopher Schwarz, David Barron and Yannick Chastang are all teaching in the coming months. Impressive.


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