Home stretch…

Well I’m nearly there now…

here’s a picture some may find familiar…

Except this isn’t Feb 2007, but today. The old unit is almost back to how it was three and a half years ago. Sad really.

And the new cobwebcrafts is “almost” done. A few things remain…like building the gallery, a little last minute painting, fitting a letter box, errecting a tent for the 1st, and a long list of other things…but IT IS THE HOME STRETCH. Honestly.

The workshop is looking…well, full. But everything is in its place, there’s room to move and work, and it’s tidy(ish).

Soon be over.

And then I MUST get back to work.

Move Update…

For reasons I am at a loss to fully understand the stats seem to indicate some interest in the move…so where am I now?

Henstead…three van loads of assorted wood and odds and sods left to transfer – complete remedial works…plug pulling, hole filling, sanding back, re-painting, cleaning, floor renovation…

Riverside House…I can’t bring myself to type the list!

Thanks to Darren and Roger for all their help and support, and Skip for just about everything.

The opening is August 1st as planned (come hell or high water), and the Mayor will open us at twelve noon.

Woodturner’s dream…

Well it would be if it weren’t a Willow tree grown almost in the river…

this was the sight that greeted me on one of the trips to the new place today…

 

Two grand old Willows, sadly diseased and dangerously hanging over the river and moored craft, had to be felled. The willow is of no use for turning, but the surgeon said he can supply any amount of hardwood. A call at a later date then.

Today has mainly been filling crates, taking them over,emptying the crates, putting up tools and tool racks, returning to refill crates, taking them ov…

you get the idea…

and after a full day of it doesn’t seem that much has been achieved. Galling.

But at least some of the tools are in situ…

On second thoughts…it’s a mess…

Radio Interview…

Today we went into the studio at BBC Suffolk to be interviewed by Lesley Dolphin for the Made in Suffolk section of the show. It was an interesting experience, and enjoyable too. I think it went well, but as with all things you are not completely used to, there were things I would change with the capacity for interactive hindsight. If you can cope with thirty minutes of air time, you can hear the interview here:cobwebcrafts interview 20 7 2010

if you are impatient then scroll to 1.0.4.22  and our part  plays to  1.31.15

Thanks to Lesley for putting us at our ease, and to Radio Suffolk for inviting us onto the show into the first place.

 

Phew…

A busy weekend completing an annoying commission left little energy for working in the heat today, but we had to get the new sign up and get on with other jobs…glossing the exterior frames, John did another coat of floor paint, a friend and student, Skip, came and did some weeding in the borders around the building. I suppose it’s too late for planting, but at least it’s tidy and ready for next year.

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Tomorrow we’ll be in the BBC Radio Suffolk studio with Lesley Dolphin during the afternoon show (1pm-4pm), talking about the move, the new premises, woodturning, stained glass, and anything else that comes up.  Wednesday back to packing up and moving things over to Riverside.

What a(nother) day…

Took half a day off to help F.I.L. set up his tent at the Weeting Show. Result?

9am start

11am arrival

2 hour wait whilst the large craft tent was erected and sheeted so we could erect at its side

1 1/2 hours battling the wind

1 wrecked tent

1 dispirited F.I.L

5 pm arrival home

1 wasted day…but…it doesn’t end there…

daughter has a Brownies party at 6.30, so rush home to get her ready

SWMBO has a leaving party for a colleague at 7

take daughter to party…eat quickly (first meal all day)…collect daughter…and discover that she hasn’t been fed because the Chef “went home”…drive home…feed very hungry daughter and put to bed…

10pm…Oh…what can I do now?

I know…shower and sleep because I have two days work to do tomorrow

What a week so far…

Fifteen hours on Association business on Saturday, Sunday I felt like death so took the day off and did family stuff, Monday I had a clear up in the workshop (not a very good one – but the thought was there), and started a commissioned piece, Tuesday another fourteen hours on Association business in Gloucestershire. And today will be hectic too. I need to get some flappy pads, do some more work on the commissioned piece, go to Riverside House to meet John’s friend the signwriter who is delivering the 8ft by 2 1/2ft sign, put the sign up, and the two large banners, go and meet the Chair of the business association regarding the opening…Oh…and move the half ton of cedar of Lebanon (planted at Tewkesbury Abbey in 1815 to mark the victory at Waterloo) that I dumped at Riverside House last night on the way home. And yesterday it was conformed that we will be going into the BBC studios in Suffolk on Tuesday 20th to be interviewed during the afternoon show…I’d better wash a t-shirt! Oh well, it’s all for the best I hope.