It's been a while since I've posted on here so a very belated Happy New Year! Having moved house shortly before Christmas I've been without internet for (what seemed like) and incredibly long time, but it's all back up and running now so some level of normality is resumed.
In the workshop commissions include these pine corbelsfor a fireplace mantel. The mantel was reclaimed and the owners wanted a couple of corbels just to finish it off nicely for its new home. The brief was to keep the design quite simple to stay in line with the look and period of the mantel, my clients were happy with this final design and Richie fitted it in time for the Christmas party- happy customers all round!
Back in December, I spent a fantastic week down in Cornwall staying near Treyarnon Bay and Padstow. The weather was typically wild and windy but long walks taking in the rugged beauty of the Cornish coastline blew the cobwebs away and was suitably refreshing. Whilst down there I had a wonder around Lanhyrdock, @LanhydrockNT owned by the National Trust and, as you would expect from a stately home, there was a plethora of traditional skills on show…carving, gilding, plasterwork, stucco work, marquetry, the list goes on. It never fails to impress and inspire to see examples of how the masters worked and I’m always keen to get back in the workshop afterwards and have a go at replicating some of the designs I’ve seen.
Below shows the carving on the entrance door (yes, unfortunately I can’t just walk through the door, I have to get in the way and take pictures too.) Also some fantastic stucco work on the ceiling of the library, one of the oldest parts of the building that remained since Lanhydrock has been through several transformations over the years.
Straight back to the carving after Cornwall and I went to work on these beautiful gates made by the guys at Jameson Joinery in Billingshurst. Was great to be able to put the final bespoke details onto the gates- and I got to meet the guard geese, who definitely were not happy about a stranger being in their midst!
Another really lovely project to work on was an oak plaque that is to be fitted into the side of the owners staircase under the banister. They have been working on the property for many years and this provided the finishing touch to the stairwell.
Plans are afoot for a beautiful Georgian style mirror as well as some sample pieces of architectural moulding- best get my gilding brushes out :)