I met Sam at my family's factory today so that he could show me how to work all the tools. There were only three big tools for me to learn, and actually they were all dead easy. A table saw, a bench saw and a fantastic grinding sanding thingy which grinds off nails that are too long, and fixes any bit of wood that isn't quite how it's meant to be - yeah! He stayed with me for two hours so we could cut everything, then talked through with me what I needed to do. I've never been taught anything by Sam before - he's my little brother - and he was a great teacher. He struck a nice balance between doing stuff for me to demonstrate, then stepping back so I could have a go. There was one thing which he achieved by grunt-force, which I couldn't do. "But what will I do when I'm making the other books, and you aren't here?" I asked. He found another solution - enter the fabulous grinding tool. After he left I worked on for a few more hours, then I had my first book to bring home! I was amazed that it had all come together so quickly - eight hours in total. And amazed that it looks so good, seems to work as I hoped . wow. I can't wait to go back and build the other books. It'll have to be real soon so I don't forget how.