BOOM! Call me artisan ébéniste…

A year ago today I was drinking a diabolo menthe in a café in Paris, dreaming about the idea of making furniture for a living. A year later, I have completed the first major step in turning that dream into reality by passing my ‘CAP ébénisterie’! It’s been an amazing year at Ecole Boulle, where…

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Happy new year and all that jazz. To celebrate the fact that we’ve moved closer towards Nostradamus’s next armageddon-flavoured foretelling, I thought I’d share some of my favourite photos from my first term at cabinetmaking school. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen these already…     Bonne année etc. Pour fêter le nouveau calendrier des…

Light relief therapy.

It’s time for a break. Stop reading about all the crazy stuff that’s happening out there. Stop promising to close your Facebook account. Stop sharing hilarious tweets about how we’re all fu*ked. Instead, let me take you on a beautifully random tour of vaguely furniture-related stories, anecdotes and thoughts. I can’t promise to change your…

A plea for help

  There are many great things about being one of only three foreigners in my class. The looks on people’s faces when you swear loudly in French because you’ve just stabbed yourself with ‘wood scissors’ (that’s what they call a chisel, no jokes). Being able to use the excuse of ‘that’s the English technique’ whenever…

Back to Boulle

It’s been over eight years since I left the gloriously carefree bosom of full-time education. Since then I’ve been living that famous metropolitan dream: making my own pocket money, cooking my own dinners (some of the time) and doing my own washing (all of the time). So the prospect of jacking it all in and going back to school…

Give me your blades

As a devoted makemesomething reader you’ll be aware of my close relationship with Thomas Clipper, the young British brand famed for its classic razors and shaving accoutrements. Ever since buying their first safety razor I’ve wondered what to do with the used blades. I was too environmentally conscious to chuck them in the bin and too safety-conscious…

Stu’ve been framed

It would be fair to say that 2014 wasn’t my most productive year. Sure, I got a new job, got engaged, cycled from Prague to Vienna. But I didn’t make much. Until a couple of months ago, when I decided that my saws needed dusting off (ironically everything else is now entirely covered in dust)…

Make stuff, be happy

If you’re a regular Shortlist reader, you might have spotted this recent cover feature on “making stuff”. In it, Matt Hussey explores the recent increase in men swapping their desk jobs for manual labour – whether it’s building bikes or making furniture. According to psychologists it can go some way to combatting male depression, an…

Three things I’ve learnt.

Over the past few months I’ve learnt three things: 1. 120 linear metres of frame mouldings is too much for a little flat 2. Framing without a guillotine is a lot harder than you think 3. Get your glass cut a little bit smaller than you think you should How have I learnt this? By…

Lil’ Kim

It appears that my woodworking career started much earlier than I thought. Here’s a picture of me taking a mallet to a plank of wood whilst wearing a hat that simply says BOSS. Which is how I’d like you to address me in future.