Well the workshop has definitely got a lot colder since my last blog post! The heater's on and lots of tea is required to fuel all the carving over the last few weeks. Both the coat of arms and gilded frame I had just started last time are now completed and I've also been joined by the two terrors that are Billy and Bobby the spaniels.
As well as carving away in the workshop I've also spent some time in London in connection with the INTBAU Excellence Awards for which I was asked to be on the judging panel and for a dinner at the Prince's Foundation HQ in Shoreditch. Both involved meeting some fascinating people, all with an interest in traditional architecture and crafts. Next week I will be back in London for the INTBAU award ceremony, it will be great to meet the winners of the awards that we decided on last month. Following on from that I have been invited to a reception at Clarence House to meet HRH Prince of Wales again as he is the patron of INTBAU- all very exciting!!
This week I had a meeting at Owslebury Church following on from our initial meeting in 2013- playing the long game on this one! The restoration of the internal panelling is finally underway and I've been asked to replicate the missing frieze section. Very glad to finally be getting started on this one after it being in the pipeline for so long!
Below are a selection of finished carvings I've produced over the last three months. I was particularly honoured to be asked to carve a memorial plaque by the widow of Rick Cornwell who I did a beam carving for about 4 years ago and who sadly died in 2014.
Till next time...