The power tools manufactured by the long-established German company Festool are spoken of by many carpenters with something approaching reverence — the strain placed on one’s bank balance by investing in the stuff is generally shrugged off: they’re worth what they cost. As Jason Prain puts it:

They’ve thought about everything you could possibly want each tool to do, you’re never left thinking “I wish it did…”

Perhaps mercifully for our bank balance, we’ll never need to the covet the bounty of the Festool range as much as a devoted cabinetmaker — but we were pleased to join the club with our recent purchase of pair of the RO 90s, a powerful and versatile delta sander.

Festool RO-90 sander

Romilly Saumarez Smith

We very much like the use of colour here, in the home of Romilly Saumarez Smith.

The old, undisturbed panelling on the chimney breast certainly has a few tales to tell…

Inside the home of RRomilly Saumarez Smith

Made by Jason & Pixelatti

We met, and worked alongside, Jason Prain last year at the new Myla and Davis salon in East Dulwich. Quite apart from his heroic skills in the workshop, he always seemed to have a smile on his chops — we hope our paths will cross again soon.

We certainly owe a vote of thanks to Jason for introducing us to Lola Mealha, founder of Pixelatti, who created this site and indeed Jason’s. We salute you both.


Floor sanding

Some fine floor sanding here from our friend Renny.

Contact us if you would like us to combine our work with his.

Dark oak varnish finish on stair treads and spindles