The Gentlemen’s Academy hosted Hand Crafted Woodwork with James Carroll this week. James Carroll has been making furniture of different types in Co Wicklow for a while now. At some point he stumbled across the ‘pre industrial’ method of woodworking. Somehow this has largely been sidelined for the last century as a result of increased time saving machinery. James finds using hand tools and unprocessed wood not only aids the design process but also means there is a more direct relationship with the tree and the material. On the night, James demonstrated some of these techniques and tools and wnet through the basics of using a knife, an axe, a shaving horse and more. We tried our hand at working green wood in this age old way that has much relevance in a modern context. Working in this way it is apparent how efficient it is to split and shape wood using edge tools.