Cariad Woodcraft
About my journey into Woodcrafts.

Well, seeing as though you are here, I guess you want to know a bit about my woodworking life? Please read on, I hope you find this an interesting read. I have a fairly stressful job, so woodworking is a smashing way for me to relax and unwind, my workshop is my safe place mentally. Certainly not physically there is a lot of danger there!

My fascination with woodworking has been lifelong. As a child, I ventured into my father's shed to craft things like soap carts, always striving to enhance them with brakes and lights. I was also curious about how things worked, like electricity and fire. When we moved into our first home, I built a double wardrobe without any real knowledge, simply following my instincts, and it turned out well. I wanted to build more, but financial constraints and lack of space limited me.

After selling our flat and purchasing a house with a garden and garage, I quickly set up shop. The house needed work but was full of potential. I started by renovating the kitchen, devising the plan in my mind, and it materialized just as I envisioned. Over five years, I refurbished the house, avoiding only gas and electrical work.

The renovation was nearly complete when my wife and I parted ways. I remained in the house for a few more years before selling it. Eventually, I remarried, and we bought a beautiful house with an extended garage. It needed little work, which was fortunate since a new mortgage and two young children meant finances were tight once more. Now that we're stable, I'm ready to focus on the garage.

My New Lathe, Record Power Coronet Herald.

Record Power Herald coronet

 

My old CL2 Record Power Lathe 

CL2 Lathe

I sold my motorcycle to make room, then cleared out the garage, which took some time to remove all the unwanted items. Afterward, I built shelving to store and organize my tools. I considered acquiring a lathe, so after extensive research, I purchased a Record Power CL2 from 1998 in excellent, unused condition.

Here we are now: I have some of the tools I need (though one can never have enough), with the only shortfall being the time to dedicate to crafting!
An update: I've reorganized my workspace yet again, selling many tools I no longer use and donating others to novice Turners. It's a wonderful hobby, albeit an expensive one, and I always compare prices as they can vary significantly.
I'm receiving numerous requests from individuals wanting me to create items from wood that holds sentimental value, often grown in a parent's garden. It's thrilling and an honor to be entrusted with such wood, synonymous with cherished childhood memories. I approach this responsibility with the utmost seriousness and strive to do my best work, as always. I've repaired knife handles, even one where the original handle was missing, and I'm also fielding requests for custom-made crates for use as storage in mobile homes, gas box covers, and to complement IKEA furniture. My furthest customer is from Japan, who requested a paintbrush holder for their artist partner. It's heartening to see the appreciation for the beauty of solid hardwood in an era dominated by flat-pack chipboard. However, I'm careful not to overcommit, remembering that this is, after all, a hobby.