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Quercus Magazine is an exciting new magazine devoted to hand woodworking edited by Nick Gibbs, a veteran of several British woodworking magazines. Quercus, which bears the slogan, “Working Wood by Hand,” is crammed with interesting topics and ideas that will appeal to anyone interested in greenwoodwork, sloyd, spoonmaking, chairmaking, carving, and traditional crafts.

The magazine features contributors from Britain and all over the world. Many of the contributors have lively social media presences but the magazine also incorporates material from established British woodworking magazines. Quercus also features a very robust “Letters, Comments & Ideas” section.

The magazine is rich with full-color photos, but its cost is kept down by its paper - thin and recycled. This gives the magazine an immediacy and approachability that you’ll enjoy. Quercus was launched as a quarterly publication, with the possibility of “perhaps” going bi-monthly in the future. 64 pages with zero ads.

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Issue 8 (September/October 2021) - Table of Contents

  • Making simple tools using chisels as blades by Rex Kruger
  • Chairmaking with hand tools by Brendan Strasburger
  • Inclusive woodworking co-ops in Mexico by Katie Thompson
  • John Brown chairs by Gerwyn Lewis
  • My attic workshop by Giorgio Nicodemo
  • Make your own tools by Barbara Robers
  • Exploring Ernest Joyce’s backsaw grip by Robin Gates
  • Long lasting joints by Jeff Lefkowitz
  • Surfacing planes by Scott Wynn
  • Carving Jogge Sundqvist tool hooks by Henrie van Rooij
  • Making ash tent pegs and beech tensioners by Robin Gates
  • Sharpening a drawknife by Richard Wile
  • Making a simple spooncarving knife by Doug Stowe
  • Renovating wooden spokeshaves by Debs Hart
  • Pole lathe bowl turning by Michelle Mateo
  • Creative woodworking for youngsters by Pete Moorhouse
  • Secrets of hand sawing by John Lloyd
  • Art or craft of engraving by Matt Lepper
  • Making tools to sell by Derek Jones
  • Comparing print and digital instructions by Nick Gibbs
  • Interview of Claire Minihan, travisher maker by Phoebe Everill
  • Readers’ comments

Issue 7 (July/August 2021) - Table of Contents

  • Tribute to Bill Coperthwaite, yurtsman and author of "A Handmade Life: In Search of Simplicity" by Doug Stowe
  • Making the Boggs Side Chair by Tim Beierle
  • Fabricating a simple workbench with found lumber during Covid 19 by Daniel Marcou
  • Connecting with nature as a spoon carver by Rosie Mockford
  • Upgrading my workbench by Barbara Roberts
  • Constructing an "Ingenious Mechanicks"-inspired lightweight traveler workbench by Rex Krueger
  • How to make a Van Gough rope-seat chair by Masashi Kutsuwa
  • The Japanese through tenon toolbox by Derek Jones
  • Making door buttons out of wood scraps by Robin Gates
  • Wooden grooving and dado planes by Robin Gates
  • Gallery - stools made with Japanese Kanna pull planes by Kohtaro Mori
  • Using material on hand in an extemporaneous storage project for 3 wonderful stray hand tools by Christopher Walker
  • Behold my Frankenbench by Ethan Sincox (the Kilted Woodworker)
  • Setting up a dedicate sharpening area by Richard Wile
  • Repairing your bandsaw blades by Sean Hellman
  • How to sharpen in-cannel (bevel on the inside) gouges by John Lloyd
  • Restoration of a traditional Japanese house by Dylan Iwakuni
  • Turning bowls with a pole lathe by Gary Baker
  • Shaping pipes by hand by Steve Schuler
  • Dreaming of becoming a self-sufficient woodworker by Nick Gibbs
  • Balancing my day job as a web developer with hand woodworking by Adam Brewer
  • Book review of Trent Preszler’s "Little and Often" by Nick Gibbs
  • The Bovey Tracey Craft Festival
  • Quercus 6

Issue 6 (May/June 2021) - Table of Contents

  • Caning a chair the modern Danish way by David Johnson
  • A year of downs and ups by Peter Wood
  • Making a George Nakashima bench by Barbara Roberts
  • Making a Moxon vice by Doug Stowe
  • Spokeshaving facets to legs and rails by Alex Holm
  • Using woodland Japanese White Birch to make a Spanish chair by Masashi Kutsuwa
  • The value of shooting boards by Derek Jones
  • Profile of pioneering greenwoodworker Mike Abbott
  • Stone flattening and storing by Richard Wile
  • Building a sturdy little sliding-lid toolbox by Robin Gates
  • Record’s nickel-plated gem: the Record 043 plough plane by Robin Gates
  • Making a protective case for chisels by Dylan Iwakuni
  • The Medieval Toolbox by Gerwyn Lewis
  • Fish-head marking gauges by Rex Krueger
  • Teaching woodworking to young students by Michael Schloff of Maplewoodshop
  • The craft and art of making popes by Steve Schuler
  • A profile of navigator-turned-planemaker Terry Gordon of HNT Gordon by Phoebe Everill
  • Shaping chair legs with laminations by Nick Gibbs
  • Making a bench-top pony shave by Dan Wallace
  • Some springtime tool purchases by Robin Gates

Issue 5 (March/April 2021) - Table of Contents

  • Keeping alive the tradition of making stave baskets by John Williamson
  • Celebrating mistakes by Guy Windsor
  • The qualities of a good dancing chair by Robin Gates
  • A plane for younger woodworkers by Doug Stowe
  • My time with Edward Barnsley by Esmond Harris
  • An interview with modern bodger Bern Chandley by Phoebe Everill
  • In praise of the elusive Gage smoother plane by Rex Krueger
  • Shaving horses designs - then and now by Drew Langsner
  • The way we make drawers by Derek Jones
  • Book review: Material by Nick Kary by (review by Robin Gates)
  • Attending Elia Bizzarri's and Peter Follansbee's online spoon carving class
  • Barbie’s Woodshop instagram - a new type pf woodworker by Nick Gibbs
  • Using hand tools to dismantle a 92 year old house in the foothills of Mt. Fuji by Dylan Iwakuni
  • Building a 1960s style kitchen storage shelf from recycled wood by Robin Gates
  • Coping saw vs. piercing saw by Robin Gates
  • Excerpt from Axe: The Tools that Shaped a Continent by Brett McLeod
  • Refinishing a Millers Falls spokeshave by Ethan Sincox (the Kilted Woodworker)
  • Improving joinery skills with inspiration from Japan’s Osaka Castle by Tim Brown (the Wireless Woodworker)
  • 18th Century wooden jack planes by Richard Arnold
  • Steam-free techniques for bending back chair legs by Nick Gibbbs
  • Setting up shop in a garden shed - the first of a new column, From the Shed, by Robin Gates

Issue 4 (Jan/Feb 2021) - Table of Contents

  • How I’m passing my craft to my children by Steve Schuler
  • Turning inclusion school students into chairmakers by Adam Flack
  • Greenwoodwork as the antidote to the electronic age by Robin Gates
  • Using both arms to increase skill and versatility by Paul Hayes
  • Using the Ryoba Saw by Dylan Iwakuni
  • Hand tool engraving and how it led me to woodworking by Jenny Bower
  • Fitting drawers into a solid carcase by Derek Jones
  • Deconstructing Gerrit Rietveld’s iconic Red Blue Chair by Robin Gates
  • Book review: Mouldings in Practice (review by Derek Olson)
  • Book review: Rietveld Furniture by (review by Robin Gates
  • Book review The Chair (review by Nick Gibbs)
  • Adapting an Eclipse honing guide by David Charlesworth
  • Restoring a Stanley 151 plane by Mike Fewster
  • Making a Bench Lamp Base by Ethan Sincox (the Kilted Woodworker)
  • Carving coat pegs from tree branches by Jogge Sundqvist
  • Lockdown challenge: Making William Morris Sussex chairs with no workshop and few tools by Nick Gibbs
  • Carving a simple ball by Doug Stowe
  • Making a Pole Lathe on YouTube by Maurice Clother
  • A better design for bench hooks by Robin Gates
  • Instagram woodworking stars Vinko Nino Jaeger, Sophie Sellu and Benoit Averly
  • Greenwood cleaving and sheaving by Mike Abbott
  • Early British planes by Richard Arnold
  • vTurning flasks in Romania by Stuart King
  • Letters to the editor
  • Team spooncarving challenge: axes and knives vs. spokeshaves and gouges
  • Profile of Julia Kalthoff of Kalthoff Axes

Issue 3 (Nov/Dec 2020) - Table of Contents

  • Planing stops by Robin Gates
  • Building a Two-Hour Stool by Alison Ospina
  • Crosscut saw teeth by Brian Williamson
  • Hand skills - was James Krenov right? by Derek Jones
  • Little Acorn Furniture classes by Alasdair Kilpatrick
  • Making a saving horse from sawn timber by Mike Abbott
  • Top ten spokeshave - reader’s poll
  • Inheriting my grandfather’s tool chest by Richard Arnold
  • Review of The Complete Guide to Sharpening by Derek Olson
  • The Digital Craft Festival
  • The Ken Hawley Trust videos of Sheffiled’s toolmaking history by Hugh Thompson
  • Review of The Guide to Woodworking with Kids by Nick Gibbs
  • Review of Eric Sloan’s Museum of Early American Tools by Jason Reuter
  • Turning a woodworking hobby into a side business by Steve Schuler
  • Making Wagaton trays in my garage by Dom Campbell
  • Secrets of marking by Dylan Iwakuni
  • Planing end-grain by Dylan Iwakuni
  • The history of slojd by Jogge Sundqvist
  • The art of bending wood by James Mursell
  • Sharpening gouges by Mary May
  • Fitting an axe handle by Sean Hellman
  • Profile of Richard Kell

Issue 2 (Aug 2020) - Table of Contents

  • Building a straight-legged sawbench by Robin Gates
  • Willow basketry by Sandra Kehoe
  • Lockdown tablemaking by Dylan Iwakuni
  • Thread cutting by Derke Jones
  • Greenwood bowls by Flo Hamer
  • Profile cutters for the Preston Beading Tool by Ethan Sincox, aka the Kilted Woodworker
  • Teaching hand skills a better way by Joe Bray
  • Is power carving handwork? By Kevin Inkster
  • Woodworking on the Cornish beach by Dominic Pearce
  • The importance of blade angles by James Mursell
  • 10 ways to hold a knife with control by Drew Langsner
  • Woodworking for kids by Doug Stowe
  • Understanding grain direction by Mary May
  • Welsh stick chairmaking by Klaus Skrudland
  • The origins of the ubiquitous modern shaving horse by Mike Abbott
  • How a wooden plane changed my life by Richard Arnold
  • Boxwood wood engraving (exhibit at Ashmolean Museum in Oxford)

Issue 1 (Summer 2020) Table of Contents

  • A comparison of John Brown and John Makepeace chairs by David Savage
  • A study of vintage countersinks by Ethan Sincox, aka The Kilted Woodworker
  • Welsh Stick Chair models by Rudy Everts
  • Memories of being a pedlar (peddler) by Barn Carder
  • How to saw by Derek Jones
  • Planing by hand by Dylan Iwakuni
  • Balancing IT work with spooncarving by Russell West
  • Making a replica of a Titanic handrail with vintage wooden tools by Richard Arnold
  • Why Wycombe became the heart of Britain’s chairmaking trade by John Mayes
  • Tensioning a Backsaw by Mark Harrell
  • Reconditioning an old axe head by Sean Hellman
  • Using a hand-powered ripsaw by Robin Gates
  • Designing chair shapes by James Mursell
  • How to use models to design chairs by Robert Turek
  • Carving an elm lamp by hand by Robin Gates
  • Making spokeshaves from kits by John Lloyd
  • Lockdown Challenge: Spooncarving
  • Van Gogh replica chairs by Masashi Kutsuwa
  • Swedish-inspired ladles by Drew Langsner
  • Living off-grid at Le Shack, the Quercus French HQ, by Nick Gibbs
  • Bill Carter’s Hut of 1000 planes
  • Greenwood tools made by hand
  • Exploring the legacy of John Brown and Welsh stick chairs
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Customer Reviews:
By: Gary Peterson (Apr, 2021)
thank you so much for my ability to catch up on the new Quercus Magazine, now I only need issue 2. Joel how are you and are you guys still in the Bronx in that 3rd, ? , or 4th floor of that so interesting building. (2013)? Truly yours for the passion of trees, woods,and Godly designs in them, Gary Peterson,(sneaky pete) Army Vet and supporter of Rob Cosman's PHP, you tube every other Saturday..... Be safe up there, and away from Covid, In HIM, Gary

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