I’ve just finished a 3 day journeyman’s (or woman’s) course in beautiful Strathalbyn. Aside from spending 3 days in the stunning hills and nearby beach I had time to refocus. Talking about the seen things like pleasing proportion that comes from working with ratios and well considered and executed finish. It is the unseen construction that gives joinery strength and quality that we practised. Next time you pick up a simple well designed piece of furniture think about what you can’t see. Things like mortise and tenon joints and lapped dovetails or mitred corners. When I’m designing new pieces it’s the unseen details that are as important as the form. These are the things that give a piece integrity and longevity.