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    A carpenter planing in his workshop

    Family and Friends: Issue 20

    Around the World

    January 15, 2019

    Master Woodworker: Paul Sellers

    Paul Sellers in his workshop

    Paul Sellers in his workshop

    If you are interested in woodwork and the beauty of craftsmanship with hand tools, you may already have heard about Paul Sellers or have seen his regular YouTube videos. Paul has been working with wood most of his life, and for many years has been on a campaign to bring hand tools back into the workplace. Originally from Stockport, England, he spent some years in Texas but has lived in Oxford for the last decade. He is an advocate of the idea that loving one’s work is an essential part of human existence and considers himself an amateur because he would do what he does regardless of whether or not he was paid. “I’ve faced hard times in my life; who hasn’t? Sometimes we look for recovery in an instant, sometimes just by keeping busy doing things, but then there are times when only creative handwork can fix the broken. I love that more and more people find peace in silent places of working.”

    Book Launch: The Heart’s Necessities

    front cover of The Heart’s Necessities

    What are the heart’s ­necessities? It’s a question Jane Tyson Clement (1917–2000) asked herself over and over, both in her poetry and in the way she lived. Her observation of the seasons of the soul and of the natural world have made her poems beloved to many readers, most recently singer-songwriter Becca Stevens, who has given Jane’s poetry new life – and a new audience – as lyrics in her songs. This book interweaves Jane’s best poems and the story of her life with commentary by Becca describing how specific poems speak to her own life, passions, and creative process.

    Plough will be hosting several events to celebrate the launch of this book. On April 28, Becca will be joined by other artists and members of Jane’s family at The Falcon in Marlboro, New York, for an evening of music and poetry readings. On May 1, she will perform and talk about Jane’s life and poetry at the Rockwood Music Hall in New York City. Plough readers interested in attending these events can visit for more details.

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