A trip to Windsor Castle, wood turning and BFS winners

The new gouges are certainly getting a lot of use at the moment and I've been getting to the end of a few commissions and in between I've been visiting some amazing places which, as always, provide bucketloads of inspiration.

I had a good excuse to visit Windsor Castle recently, ridiculous that I'd never been before but isn't that usually the case..you never visit what's on your own doorstep. Unfortunately you're not allowed to take photos inside the castle so you'll just have to take my word for it that there are some INCREDIBLE Grinling Gibbons carvings to see and in St. George's Chapel is the stunning 'Monument to Princess Charlotte'. The picture doesn't do it justice so I would encourage you to visit it in person. 

Back in the workshop, I got the 17 bookends finished and shipped off to the British Fantasy Society awards in time for their 2015 convention. Congratulations to all the winners @laurelsills tweeted this pick after their win .

The grotesques have now been completed and sent on to their new home. They are in the style of the earlier type of grotesques hence the lack of proper proportions and tooled finish.

I also had these large letters to make which are going to end up in the owner's garden. Line carved with a floral pattern I think they make a really unique wedding anniversary gift.

I was contacted to make some replacement knights and pawns for a chess set and seeing as I don't have a lathe it was a good excuse to catch up with my 'go to' woodturner, Harry Butler. The video below shows a little bit of him turning the pawns.

Posted on November 15, 2015 .