All things Splendour and a finished frieze!

For those who follow me on Twitter and Facebook you'll have seen that I was fortunate enough to be asked to exhibit in the the fantastic 'Splendour!' exhibition that was put on by the Georgian Group during February. Featuring a plethora of traditional arts and crafts it was an incredibly successful and well attended exhibition and did wonders in promoting the good old fashioned crafts.

I'm delighted to be returning to London on 7th May for two workshops as part of the London Craft Week. The workshops are now sold out but I will providing  a very brief introduction to woodcarving and giving people the chance to have a go at some letter carving. Looking at all the other amazing workshops, exhibitions and talks available (many for free) that are going on during the week, it's a real privilege to be part of it. The workshops will be taking place at Prince's Foundation HQ in Shoreditch where my Building Craft Apprenticeship started back in 2014 ( I'm struggling to believe it was that long ago already!) so it will be great to back somewhere familiar.

In amongst all this, I've been cracking on with my carving! The main commission since Christmas has been the 19m of frieze that will be going in to the Owslebury Church near Winchester...then there's the small matter of a further 10m to be carved before the vicar retires in the summer!

Also this last month... a spot of lettering restoration on this bench...

Still to come....

This week I'm collecting a couple of Ionic column capitals which are virtually completely rotten and so replicas are required! This is where I step in :) Very excited to get my teeth stuck in to that project. 

I have also recently acquired (from a very generous Aunt!) a lathe/circular saw/ plane which is currently happily sitting in my workshop waiting for me to switch it on have a go. If it the sheer weight of the thing is anything to go by, it should have plenty of years left in it as it's good ol' fashioned British engineering so I can't wait to give turning a go and get to grips with what does what and more importantly get a bit of instruction from Harry the woodturner to avoid any serious injury :) 

The heaters have finally been put away in the workshop (although I'm sure they'll be back out a few times more before I can officially put them away) and my workshop space has just doubled in size so this week there's plenty of re-organising and sorting to get done inbetween a varied list of carvings to be completed.

 

Till next time...

Posted on March 22, 2017 .