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It's been a while since I did an update - I keep thinking of great things to post and discuss....and then life gets in the way!


I wanted to make something different and give it away to the community - I wasn't able to do this at the Bodgers Ball this year so I'll do it here. I'm two weeks, I'll pick someone (who likes this post on Instagram, twitter or Facebook) and I'll send it to them. People have been kind and supported me - I hope this goes some way to expressing my gratitude.


I've been trying to decide what I want to do next. Since the break-in last year, I've been rebuilding and trying to figure out what direction I want to go into. The pleasure for me is making and being expressive with what I do. Its never been about money or notoriety for me. In the next few months, I'll slowly be moving into other items which are more unique and require more time and effort to produce. I've been researching seax designs and have started making one. Personally, I enjoy the more bespoke and creative work and it's where my heart really is.








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I'm not the best at being social. This will come as no surprise to anyone who really knows me (and that is less that 5 people in this world currently). I often find myself going through phases of being quite active and engaging with people and then becoming reclusive and quiet shortly after. This is just how I am as a person and it's something I've come to understand and accept as part of my personality. I'm sometimes unaware that others may not realise this (hence the blog post).


The current global pandemic has caused radical changes to the way we socialise and engage with others (whether that be face-to-face or online). I understand that so many are struggling with this and need that form of contact with others. I agree with and support the lockdown procedures as it is necessary to save lives and reduce the spread of COVID-19. I can't speak for others and how they are feeling with the changes. Personally, there hasn't been much of a change for myself and if anything, it's helped relieve some of my social anxieties and pressures to socialise and engage. I currently feel like I have more of an option to socialise with other people as well as control the level of engagement that entails.


This distancing has enabled me to focus more on my projects and activities as I'm less mentally drained by engaging with others. Has anyone else had a similar experience? I would be interested to know if any other bodgers / craftspeople have felt the same.

So, what have I been doing? I've been slowly catching up on stock and have been playing with the GoPro while making things. It's a slow process but I'm starting to get an idea of how things work. I might try and make a small collage video of different processes and sync them with some music. I'm not a fan of the usual music you hear i craft videos... if I could have my way, I would have something quite unusual playing...


Anyway, that's enough talk. Back to my social distancing.


RJW x






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Sorry about the delay in getting this sorted... I've had some more time during the lockdown so I've been catching up on projects and completing a few major tasks. I've been upgrading the workspace with additional machines, new lathes / shavehorse / chopping blocks as well as making a large stockpile of tools (for when I'm ready to sell).

I recently purchased an old GoPro Hero 4 so I've just started learning how to use that and incorporate it into my making process. I would love to be able to film myself making tools / wooden treen and post them here.... yet another process I must learn.


I've also started live-streaming on twitter and my last video (making a spoon) has have over 1k views so far! I'll try and keep this going as it's been fun so far and I like engaging that way.



Hope you like the new site - it's far from complete at the moment but I wanted to get it running so people can see it and give me some suggestions on possible edits. The shop isn't live at the moment but when it is, I'll update everyone!


RJW x





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