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About Paul Sellers

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Paul began his woodworking apprenticeship in 1965 in Stockport, England  where he served his time in woodworking. Subsequently he became a furniture maker in his own right. He worked as a self-employed furniture maker and became a lifestyle woodworker. His career now spans five decades.

During his life’s work as a crafting artisan he has trained dozens of trainees and apprentices. Amongst his more prestigious work are designs for Senator Phil Gramm and Wendy Lee Gramm, President George. W. Bush and the Permanent Collection of the White House in Washington DC. President George. W. Bush has three of Paul’s designs. 2009 marked the year of Paul’s two most creative designs, two credenzas, for the West Wing of the White House where they joined the Permanent Collection in the Cabinet Room.

Paul started teaching and apprenticing woodworkers in hand tool woodworking in 1988 and developed his own foundational training program over the following decades. Today his Foundation Course has trained over 5,000 students the fundamentals of working wood.

In 2007 Paul returned to live and work in North Wales and continued his objective to train future generations of woodworkers through the New Legacy School of Woodworking at Penrhyn Castle.  The New Legacy School of Woodworking workshop served as a multi-use studio where Paul taught, wrote, and worked on projects  to create training videos and documentaries for Woodworking Masterclasses.

December 2015, Paul moved to Oxfordshire, in the tiny hamlet of Long Wittenham. Pending the building of our new workshop, our present studio at Sylva Wood Centre serves as our temporary answer until next year.


PhilPhil Adams

Phil is a keen woodworker who works with the New Legacy school of Woodworking and Woodworking Masterclasses. He apprenticed and trained with Paul and works in both woodworking and video making.