I was really pleased to get a message from a French reader of this blog the other day. Paul is a timber framer who also works by hand using traditional tools and techniques and is currently restoring an old French farmhouse. Unfortunately my French is little better than my German so I can't figure out much more than that from his video, but it is highly worth watching because you don't need to understand what he says to see the skill in what he is doing:
What was special about Paul's message was that I had been aware of his presence for some time. The 'control panel' for this blogging software shows me where the most recent visitors have come from and I had regularly noticed an entry from France reading on 'Google Translate'. I had wondered if it was the same person and now I know it was!
Interestingly, the most common search terms which people have found this blog from are "Japanese tea house" and "Japanese axe" - I wonder why?