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Friday afternoon musings about timber framing – ‘The Jowl Post’

The Pencil!

Perhaps not the most glamorous of workshop tools you might think, but probably the most important. With carpentry it’s imperative to draw an accurate line that you can cut to.

Castle Ring Oak Frame

The quest for the ideal pencil can consume a timber framer to the point of obsession! All too rarely the individual properties of wood and lead combine in such a way that leaves a perfectly clear sharp line ready for machining.
The relationship between timber framer and pencil can be profound and yet fleeting as by the time you’ve discovered the “chosen one”,  it’s been whittled away into an inch long stub – you’ll see I can’t bear to throw mine away…….fag ends in an ash tray.

Used pencils! Castle Ring Oak Frame

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