Pigs and deer, that’s what the green visitors to Strid Wood have been making this weekend. All adults this time, two birthday presents, two ladies and three gents. A jolly good bunch with handsome woodland animals to take home.
This is not a skills course just a couple of hours of fun making something for the garden. The main work consists of drilling one inch mortice holes with a hand auger and then fitting legs, necks heads and antlers with matching tenons using a draw knife and rounder plane. I guess some of the skill for beginners is understanding that any skill at all is required to make something by hand. It requires concentration to make the tools jigs and clamps work effectively, and the result is so free-form that (sometimes with a little tweak from my Silky saw) it always pleases.
It’s a different day for me, baking the rolls first thing, getting the soup ready, making sure the stove is roaring away to heat the soup, tidying up, making sure the right tools are available, and then splitting my time several ways between the participants to make sure everyone progresses. As I know, it can get a little cold standing around (mental note to self; long johns compulsory on course days!)
Very busy now with Christmas orders as well as courses. Made a set of salad servers:
A bunch of wine carriers (this is getting a bit like production runs):
They’re being collected today. I need to replenish supplies of deer, foxes, bird tables as well as complete a half-dozen split ash hurdles. There’s a small table on the stocks too. Got a load of logs home last week so should be OK until Christmas now.
The Examination and Trial of Father Christmas, (1686), published shortly after Christmas was reinstated as a holy day in England. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Busy, busy, busy!