Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Slab on the slab

A break from bowls today. Carved and painted sign on oak slab. Part of one of the boards from the Huxham's cross tree, destined for somewhere along the Dartmouth road.

Friday, 15 September 2017

On the slab

So, we have an open workshop this two weeks, just outside Totnes, everyday 10-5 until the 25th. There's a display area and woodworking demonstrations almost constantly. Come and have a chat about what's going on. On the slab today.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

South Brent Woodfair

A great day at South Brent Woodfair yesterday. Despite the weather, lots of interested friendly folk. A tiny outdoor space, but packed with talent. I was so busy demonstrating and talking to people, I didn't get the chance to look inside.


Hewing, adzing and see-saw sawing demonstrations. Lots of axes etc.

Trimmed the drawer front to size.

Might finish this chest one day soon.

Open Studios for the next two weeks. Come on down to the Cowshed Gallery.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Stock Gaylard Oak Fair

Last weekend was Stock Gaylard Oak Fair in Dorset. We bought a new gazebo in case it rained, but we were glad of the shade, because it was hot! Sorry for not keeping up the usual constant woodworking demonstrations everybody. I am sure there was enjoyment to be had in the sitting down (and breaking) camping chairs demos instead.

Helen from the Grain Gallery liked the oak bowls. They will be exhibited at the Grain Gallery for 3 months, starting straight after Devon Open Studios 9-25th September. Off to Dorset once more oak bowls! From Huxhams Cross to Sherborne and who knows where else.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Name the tools

Bethany, my 7 year old, came down to the workshop the other day. She has the addiction of making stuff with her hands. I go into the kitchen to make breakfast and there she is, weaving a braid with her lucet or her knitting nancy, moulding plasticine whatevers, fashioning doll's apparel from cardboard.
I have been holding off teaching her the finer points of wood bothering, even though she has had her own child's carpenter's tool kit for  a couple of years.

It's interesting, because I realised I had to start completely from scratch. I also realized that detailed instruction is not something that happens on this blog (maybe that is done adequately elsewhere), but for gad's sake if you want to know something, just ask (genuine enquiries only please). Although she kind of already lives and breathes joinery (cos it's all I ever talk about, not) things need to be clarified and understood (she is a Virgo like me). Amazing really that she is so keen. "This is a planing stop", "We rive the wood because it gives more stable stock", "Watch carefully which way the grain runs so as not to plane against it"...

We have a new game, when dad is uploading photos, can Bethany name all the tools and their parts, what is each's purpose, etc.

So far 10/10.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Merry Xmas from Exeter Cathedral

So here are my two entries to the Exeter Cathedral Xmas exhibition, to be held actually in the cathedral 20th November to 15th December this year.

I visited the cathedral a short while ago, where I found plenty of inspiration.