A Coronet Prayer

April 13, 2015

Our Parker who art in Derby

Charles be thy name

Thy Coronet comes

Thy work shall be done

In the workshop as it is in the showroom

Give us this day our Maroon and Red

Forgive and keep us from cheap imports

As we forgive those who cheap imports do offer

Lead us not into Homebase

But deliver to us from Alfreton a Coronet

For thine is the Major, the Minor and the Consort

The Majorette and Minorette

 

Amen.

Written jointly  by Pete Baker and Ashley Lister for the Boleyn Workshop 2015

 

From the Boleyn to Chelsea

March 31, 2015

Having an email address linked to the website brings all kinds of enquiries that copy the pattern of London buses.  One doesn’t come along for ages then all of a sudden seven or eight come at once.   Amongst the regular requests for Coronet manuals, spare parts enquiries, begging letters from ex-Nigerian princes and Chinese domain name offers I sometimes find one that leads to more than a simple yes, no or that’ll be £8.00 please.   In early January of this year I received a request for ...


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Back to it.

October 15, 2014

Oh to hell with it, here’s another blog entry.  It’s been two years since the last one which coincided with a difficult period of time.   The loss of two of my closest friends tore a hole in my life.   Childhood friends, old drinking buddies and later fellow recoverers.  Approximately one half of my IVF (Inter Village Firm) that terrorized the teapots at local non league football clubs between 2002 and 2012. Two fellow Old School Pessimists with whom I met nearly every Friday morning in a...


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Blogs are Boring

April 30, 2012
There, I said it.

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The Spirit of Woodworking

February 11, 2012

What’s that all about then? The general public may think that woodworkers are a bunch of bearded and smelly loners who spend all their spare time lurking suspiciously in mysterious structures at the bottom of the garden.  Society’s misfits who thrust strangely misshapen and damaged lumps of wood into unsuspecting friends and relative’s hands at Christmas whilst claiming “it...


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Crappy New Year

January 10, 2012
It's not been a good start to the New Year full stop so end of.  However a glimmer of light soon came from my old friend Bernie who sold me my first Coronet Major some years ago now.  Would I be interested in a Coronet Consort?  Mmm, let's see.  Do bears shit in the wood?  I thought to myself.  Yes, of course they do so I replied with my declaration of interest.  I was only hoping for  a Consort to come up just before I drove halfway up the bloody country because I didn't know where Northampt...
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Size does matter or the Return of the Major

November 23, 2011

It was inevitable really.  Let's just say it's been on the cards for a while.  Size does matter and that is why the Boleyn Workshop is once again home to a Coronet Major.  Really it was only a matter of time before one came up within collection distance and at a good price.  The rare speed reduction pulley system had nothing to do with my decision, ok I lied about that.  I cannot disrespect my Coronet Minor. It has everything, above all else it is a fine collection. It turns, it saws, it mort...


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Don't mention the d-word.

September 30, 2011
Yes you read it right, don't mention the d-word.  Not in this house and especially not in front of me.  Two months of my life gone because of this word along with zero workshop time and the start of the football season.  Mind you the start of the Hammers season wasn't great even though it was on BBC1 which somehow makes it better. Even though it was a silly kick off time.  Now I always thought that Cardiff was in Wales so why was the 89th minute winner scored by a Scotsman?  Yes, Kenny Miller...
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Revenge is Rabbit Flavoured.

July 17, 2011

 This isn’t to do with the workshop per se (check me out!) but as the crime was perpetrated within two yards of it I think it comes loosely under the apron.  To be honest the revenge was already taken before I discovered my freshly planted runner bean plants razored to the ground on return from a short break.  Sunflower plants just plain missing from three inches above the ground.  It seems my vegetable garden had been treated like a common buffet. Now I’m no Mr McGregor but this was ou...


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Bandsaw bandaid in the Boleyn

June 21, 2011

Readers of the Inside the Boleyn page (yeah hi Dad) will already know of last weeks events in the Boleyn.  I was nearly involved in a 'mercy dash'.  Haven't you always wanted to be involved in those?  I know I have.  It's the redtops fault with their enticing headlines the like of which I would love to use in my blog titles.  Mercy dash, love triangle (if only), sex chicken (?), woodturner ate my hamster etc.  But alas, thanks to the skills of my wifes bandaids, the mercy dash was cancelled. ...


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Amateur enthusiast woodworking machinery user and restorer.


Pete My name is Pete and apart from the above,I'm a football fan and Old School Pessimist. Maybe because I've been supporting West Ham for over forty years. Priced out of the Premier League like so many and football in general,I now go to any local non league club when I can. On our corner plot we have room for bees and chickens by the workshops. My machinery is mostly made by the Coronet Tool Co from England and Walker Turner who are American. If you have enjoyed looking at this site and want to comment on it or any of the content then please go to the Guestbook.

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