Helmsley & Sinnington

We ventured into East Yorkshire (no passport required) today.

English: Steep bend on Sutton Bank

English: Steep bend on Sutton Bank (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Market day Colourful vegetable stall ...

English: Market day Colourful vegetable stall in Helmsley market. Church tower in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

There we spotted quite a few Yorkshire sash windows (my favourites!):

SAMSUNG CSCAll three upstairs windows in this cottage are Yorkshire sashes.  That is the middle section (or left section on the far right window) slides horizontally inside the fixed frames to open.  The middle one is partly open. This is effected by simply grooving the top and bottom of the frame to fit a small square batten screwed onto the top and bottom of the window lining.

In this unfinished new-build crescent they have added some Yorkshire sashes.

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Looked quite promising.  The detail started to tell another story:

SAMSUNG CSCOK some Yorkshire sashes (and the regular type here too), but what has happened to that walling at the right of the gate? Really.  Then we took a butchers at the rear, to discover what was happening to these lower ground floor rooms – Blimey!

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Quite a maze!

Rather more satisfactory was the heavily restored (read Victorian) church complete with many gargoyles:

SAMSUNG CSCAfter a smashing lunch at the Fox and Hounds in Sinnington my brother suggested we go up to the Norman Hall and church at the top of the village.

SAMSUNG CSCAbove is the Norman hall.  Now restored but not open to the public.  It had fallen into use as a farm barn, check out the missing 5 light South window, now a forking hole with just the two outermost jambs showing.  The Norman heads to the doors are very fine.

SAMSUNG CSCThe church sits just across the lane and is also Norman, in the main.

 

SAMSUNG CSCThis West door is splendid, why ever was it walled up?

SAMSUNG CSCAnd why did they add in all the celtic masonry they could find?  More of this inside:

SAMSUNG CSC SAMSUNG CSC SAMSUNG CSCSome good clean wood carving too:

SAMSUNG CSCThis panel is repeated on all the pew ends.  The punch work is not unlike mine on “the chair”.

Interesting carving with removed background.

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But seemed to run out of space at the end … (hart? heart?)

SAMSUNG CSCI’ve seen this doomsome memento mori poem before, but the spelling and orthography seems to have gone a little awry again.  Fine engraving, nonetheless.

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Back from Derbyshire

Hello!

I’ve just returned from an excellent bowl-carving course run by Robin Wood in Edale, Derbyshire.

I went via Halifax which I must say, I’d forgotten contains some fine stone buildings:

The course was held in the tidy little village hall and I stayed in the YHA with a couple of other course members.

Mind you it didn’t stay tidy for long – seven people hacking away at logs carving swedish bowls for two and a half days produced quite a good number of sacks of shavings.

Robin is an inspired and inspirational teacher and I’m sure everyone had a great time, if they got as much out of it as did I. We all produced decent bowls and learnt important techniques.

I made a couple of curvy bowls, I am very pleased with the second, boat-shaped one. A little more work needed but the form is there.

An important part of the course was learning how the look at what you’re working on and what are the essential parts to concentrate on, like the main lines of the form, if you want to find out more book onto one of Robin’s courses, he also runs spoon making courses which are a little less physically demanding and a good introduction to the joys of making useful things with your hands from green wood. You can buy tools from him too,

read books and chat over tea, coffee biscuits and excellent home-made lunches served on wooden ware and eaten with wooden spoons, even the tea and coffee containers deserve close study:

I also met a bunch of very interesting people with common interests

All in all an excellent outing. Expect extravagant hand carved bowls coming to this blog soon!