Hello, from an English Joiner!
As a new name here it seemed wise to make my first post a brief introduction. My name is Graham Haydon and I’m a woodworker in England. By day I have the good fortune of making a living as a joiner within our family business.
Being a joiner from a small town in the rural South West means we cover a wide range of work – the core being windows, doors and stairs but also kitchens, site carpentry and some furniture making. After leaving school in 1998 at 16, I joined the family firm and completed a three-year apprenticeship; I have been working for the business ever since. Our workshops have all the typical modern equipment you would expect, but hand tools still play an important role, too.
During my spare time I like to focus on traditional aspects of woodworking, undertake projects on my own terms and read my way through my pile of woodworking books. I’m in a very lucky situation. My Great grandfather, who started our business in 1926, was an indentured apprentice as a wheelwright and the legacy of tools and work I have to hand from his lifetime, as well as those of my grandfather and father, is a real blessing. I also count myself lucky to be around in the age of the Internet. It allows me to be inspired by others who love woodworking and share my passion with people outside the sleepy rural area I grew up and now work in.
If anyone has followed my writing efforts so far, what you’ll see here will be more of the same: Methods of work, the tools I like, furniture and aspects of woodworking I see out in the wild, projects and how I like to do them (with the odd video for good measure). I’m looking forward to getting started writing for the PW blog, and expect I’ll post about once a week; I hope you in enjoy my work!
— Graham Haydon