August used to be the month we went on holiday. Nowadays it seems to be my busiest month what with courses, shows, and caving …
Well, actually this is my garage/store-room and it leaks far too much, so much so that it will be destroyed and out of the ashes will be built a new glorious stone and green oak workshop with brewery area and a pitched roof. NOT a flat concrete slab that sweats and leaks, cold in Winter boiling hot in Summer. But first I have to get this lot:
.. into this:
This is a tin shed, 10 foot by 13 that my brother and I just spent 2 days putting up (including making a floating floor for it). I think I must have screwed about 200 screws in and dropped probably 400 into the flowers. Anyway it’s up now, and the poor flowers are down.
) are a cast iron band saw, a second-hand multi-fuel boiler I bought in readiness for the new workshop (well for the brewery really), all my tools, two bikes, about half the last charcoal burn output (our warm Summer has suddenly stopped), various jerry cans of fuel etc, etc. And then I need to find somewhere else secure to put the two chainsaws. Man!
Anyways, I’ve started running spoon carving courses finally and made this totally silly spoon during the course of it.
The interesting thing is the spoon is photographed casually relaxing on the roughed out top of the clover leaf top three-legged stool I’m about to make for a competition. I’ve worked out that the legs will be truncated equilateral triangles where the draw-bored M&T joints will be in the apron and rung areas. Then turned between on the pole lathe (important consideration for the comp). Ah well, perhaps ye olde 17th century joinery will catch on over here one day (maybe after Peter Folansbee has taken his class here!)
I’ve been busy with oak again – another garden bench commission. Here’s some speed drawknifing work (Not too long I hope – Ed)
So lots more shavings, and a growing pile of parts,
must make sure I don’t mix members for the stool with those for the bench.