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Stools, hazel and a building site

My wimping on about not getting a prize for my 3 legger caused a couple of comments about voting (notably from  Eric Bloodax Rick McKee, master hewer).  I’ve never tried this before so I thought I’d set up a poll, just for fun, and you should be able to see this in the right sidebar (may need to scroll down a bit or go to the “Home” page until I find out why if you go to an individual post no right sidebar info shows grrr!)).

Just to remind you, here are the stools in question:

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The three legger (Must get that focus sorted man! -Ed).

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The 4 legger with pretty flowers (Are these shots taken in a stone quarry? -Ed).

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Also ran.

Enjoy your voting – you can see the results with a simple click, unlike the retro polling of the political variety.

At the moment I feel a bit like a square peg in a round hole, bursting to fit in, where is that fitting hole?  Where is the support for 17th century joinery?  Should I try the Worshipful Company of Joiners? Am I just too square?

SAMSUNG CSCThe rubbly background to the photos is the rebuild of my workshop, don’t worry, once the masons have finished there will be some timber included, watch this space.

SAMSUNG CSCThe season of woodland deer is ‘pon us once again and my stocks of animal limbs, and antlers was woefully low, so I had a half day cutting the hazel coppice at Wood Nook.  At lunchtime I had a walk round previous years’ cut stools and some regrowth is pretty good

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Some is rather poor, but still has a chance – if the deer will only leave it alone:

SAMSUNG CSCBut around 25% have died :-(

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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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