This last weekend was a busy one; Weird & Wonderful Wood again. WWW really can be weird, is cerctainly wonderful, and without exception is, wood. And more wood. And then more wood just incase. It’s a fantastic event, organised and orchestrated by the apparently tireless Tarby.
Woodies come from far and wide to exhibit, demonstrate, look and buy. Anything woody you can think of is represented: woodturning, pole turning, hurdle making, basketry, chainsaw sculpture, rustic and fine furniture, chairmaking by the Abbotts, musical instrument making, carving, fine cabinet making, timber conversion, wood sales, tool sales from Classic Hand Tools from Suffolk, stick makers, bow makers, diggery doo makers!, wood related passtimes for the kids, and to keep you otherwise content there’s great local food, great coffee, and music from some fantastic groups.
One of my problems is that I exhibit alone, so rarely have a chance to have a good look around. But this year I made a point of taking the odd break and having a wander. I picked up a lovely kent pattern axe head for a few pounds…now mounted on a hand-made Ash handle.
I also had visits from a lot of turners…even Bill Care turned up and was inundated by old friends from what I can gather. I also met a turner who I haven’t met before, but knew of, Sam Cook. I nice guy, with a very personal and attractive range of turnery which was quite an attraction for the “undercover” turners. You could almost hear them thinking, “Umm…I’d like to copy that”.
So it was a great weekend all the way.
Meanwhile I’ve had a frustrating week with my ISP after they lost the broadband connection after migrating the server. The end result…after speaking to a number of morons reading from a script and incapable of independant thought. And apparently completely lacking in any understanding of the workings of routers, servers and software…is that I’ve arranged for a new ISP from the 27th May. After ten years you’d think they’d bend over backwards to sort your problems out. I do hope it has nothing to do with the fact that the American owners have recently sold out to a UK company!
The conversation could have gone like this (if the ISP’s telephone reps were all northern and British)
ME: After ten years I am closing my account.
ISP: Eh? Oh ‘ell!
Anyway…posts will be thin on the ground until the 27th as dial-up is sooooooo slow!