Not much to say…

I’ve not had much to say recently…the turning has been mudane stuff, and a few things I don’t want to blog about, the dark days don’t foster a desire to do much beyond what needs to be done, and so I’ve had little to comment on or talk about…but still I get emails asking “what’s up?”…

So now you know.

I found this on youtube…a trip down the river to the bridge where cobwebcrafts is…if you look to the left over the top of the wintering boats at 3mins 26 secs you can just see the roof of cobwebcrafts. The two crossed-trunk willows have since been felled.

Best laid plans…

They never work in my experience. Best laid plans I mean. I had this week mapped out…finish a commission piece, finish another piece of work I’d had to leave due to the launch on Saturday, do some second turns for completed items for Wisset, make some small stock items for same, and do the prep for the weekend demonstration.

Well it’s all gone to pot really. Managed the first two, and have given some clear thought to the last, but the others have gone by the wayside…and then yesterday I get a text message from my daughter’s school (I know, I know, I know…mobile technology replaces Xeroxed letters!) to remind me that Friday is a “non pupil day”…a what! Ahh…what we used to call a “teacher day”. So Friday is now panned as an anything but an entertain daughter day. So tomorrow will be spent doing the prep for the demo that I would normally have done the day before. Bum bags.

And then today something else took a little time up…

On monday I mentioned the large chunk of ash I was brought. And mentioned that he was also going to bring a “trailer load” more. Well he did. Today in fact. And it really was a trailer load.

It doesn’t look too much in the photo, but it’s 10ft long and 2ft(ish) in diameter, and damned heavy. It took the three of us to persuade it off the trailer, and then a bank job style getaway to finish the drop. When he loaded it onto the trailer with a tractor and then a forklift it must have seemed quite a simple job. Sans either motorised help it was heavy work.

So now I’ve got to see about cutting it up as quickly as possible…but then I’ve got the demo at weekend and the two-day event the following weekend, and all the prep in between…so…

night shift with a chainsaw anybody?

Another oddments and catch up…

Wisset Wines Christmas event is looming, and passing a small sign at the side of a country lane the other day I had an idea.

WOODEN WINE BOXES FOR SALE

KNOCK AT HOUSE

So I knocked and came away with a boot full of lovely, new, wine boxes.

They make great display stands, especially at a vineyard event…but then I thought…Oh I know what…

Kitchen winebox storage…well, it’s worth a try…

Came home yeaterday to find these two hanging from the basket on the wall…

I love it when somebody drops dinner off without you expecting it. It’s something I look forward to at this time of year. I don’t shoot myself, but have friends who do, and Matt always thinks of me and will often drop off a brace of pheasant or duck. Makes a wonderful autumn dinner and the cats get the leftovers.

Today I’ve been finishing a commission…no turning, but the result is a fabulous decorative sculpture. And then I was disturbed by a delivery…a huge chunk of Ash from a friend of a friend. 27″ diameter, 26″ long. Some spalting. Lots of colour…pinks, golds, and some olive colouring…gorgeous wood. And there’s a trailer full coming in a few days now he knows I can use it. So spent a few hours cutting it in the blistering wind and rain. If I hadn’t done it I’d have left it too long and lost the wood…and that couldn’t do would it?

I’ve a demo to give at weekend. An all day one. So there’s lots to do this week in preparation, and also stock making for Wisset the weekend after. Back to the day-to-day with a bang.

Waveney & Blyth Arts Launch…

Today was the day of the Waveney & Blyth Arts Launch at The Cut in Halesworth. It’s probably not the right thing to say, but the highlight for me was hearing Richard Mabey speak on the area – he lives in Waveney. Richard Mabey is (IMHO) our best writer on natural history and the environment, and had been a favourite for as long as I can remember. It began many years ago with Food for Free, and took me all the way to Beechcombings and Nature Cure…and as of today, Weeds (which he kindly signed for me). But I’m ahead of myself as usual…

The day began with Simon Raven from The Cut outlining the day, the aims and aspirations of WBA, and introducing the speakers.

Richard Mabey was the key speaker, and also new (first) President of the WBA. His talk was inspiring and educational, and for a devotee of his work, rather exciting. He spoke of the areas the Waveney and Blyth rivers cover with great knowledge and understanding, and with far more insight than any of us could have had. It was odd to have somebody open your eyes to an area you know well and love more. How blind am I, was a feeling I was left with.

I had a small presentation to make to Richard, a piece I’d turned specifically for him, and one which will (hopefully) have some resonance for him as it combines elements which are inspired by his writings…but then he could just as well hate it. But it gave me great pleasure to give something back for the many, many hours of pleasure his writings have given me.

The individual talks/presentations were followed by group discussion sessions, and then a summary and the first AGM of the group.

Overall I had a good day…bumped into any number of artists and makers I know, and got to catch up, met some new and interesting people, made a few contacts, and had a lovely lunch with friends. I still have concerns about whether or not the umbrella group is anything I can contribute to, or whether it is right for individual makers as opposed to pre-existing (and new) groups, but I would guess that time will tell. The steering group responsible for the WBA and the organisation that resulted in the launch did a fantastic job, and the results were largely very positive and enthusiastic. Here’s hoping for a bright future for the WBA.