A bit of rain and a new chestnut table

I’ve been working on a new small table today.

It was warm and sunny first thing but gradually rumblings started in the heavens and then they opened

It really was coming down in stair rods as we like to say when the drizzle is a bit thick

Anyway, I didn’t get wet, but the table I’d gled up and put in the sun to dry off did get damp, before i moved it back under cover.  Unfortunately this created some black staining as I started tooling the surface.

This is the combination of moisture, steel and the tannin in chestnut wood.  Never mind, it’ll probably be sunny tomorrow and I can finish it off.

 

Another oak garden bench

 

What’s wrong with this picture (as Van Morrison might have asked)?

Well, there are two buildings that I don’t care for, and they were built recently.  You can probably spot them.  I spot them every day from my front garden.  Can’t we design buildings that others will view for many years properly?  Or don’t we care?

Here’s my latest bench:

And here it is 20 miles away, where it will live for some time, making  people comfortable, that’s what it’s supposed to do.

If you look carefully you may be able to see the stair-rod rain falling.  We have had a lot of rain recently, more than enough. This bench has been made under the tarpaulin at The Bodgery, but it’s oak so should stand up to our English weather for some time to come, being full of tannin, which microbes do not like to live with.

The rain favours these chaps though.

Harts Tongue ferns, new and glossy in the Summer Strid rain.