Sunday, 21 October 2018

20th October Sussex Produce Company food shop in Steyning.

I found myself on the pavement making wands at the invitation of the owner. One of the mums took this time lapse sequence of her daughters wand making.

Steyning is a very pretty but incredibly interesting village - look it up. Tremendous fun - I met some very interesting people. Thanks to Nick Hempleman for the invitation, his local produce shop is a real treat, great staff and food - they even have Harvey's on sale lose from the barrel!

Monday, 15 October 2018

13/4th October Brogdale Apple festival Faversham Kent

This was the first time at this event with Jill Swan. Load and loads of food outlets as well the farm shops as well. We were the only craft demonstrators present. There were children's activities, birds of prey...

Jill making spoons when she is not entertaining!

Great little shelter / tent. Very good in the wind and is was windy!


This hog roast guy was doing very – liked his setup – as he said it’s theatre. 

His wife is a felter so she loved my hat! Its amazing how even a hat will start a conversation.

There were plenty of very tame animals walking around including this angora goat.

All too much for this pig family.


My new demonstrator’s hat from Kyrgyzstan.

Mike church and Annabel came for a visit on Sunday.

It was blowing a gale on Saturday, threatened rain on Sunday and it did drizzle late in the afternoon. But lovely people – public and organizers. Thanks again to Sarah Smile for the invitation.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

October – My daughters house in Chingford London E4

Not very a very woody perhaps – except the oak floor.

 Snuggles – a house rabbit having his lunch, banana


and Lurpak!

Well not really this is his water bowl. - Never knew they ate bananas, he also likes strawberries (like my tortoises).

6th & 7th October at the Weald & Downland Museum Autumn Countryside show Singleton, Sussex.


Mike Gordon was in a rush to drill his new shelter poles.


What a great shot of the Cedar tree?


James setting out his display,


Fine tuning his drive mandrel using Warwicker’s workshop.


Nancy having a break from string making and Clau making fancy hurdle pales


Mark Allery and Mrs Walters is discussion.


Oliver Beale on his own lathe.


Mrs Beale having a rest from baby rearing.


Peter Jameson commentating on the hurdle making compettiton which was later judged by Terry Heard (brooms and pegs) and Alan Walters (pimps and faggots).


I believe this was the youngest competitor.


and this was the oldest at 82!

Great weekend as usual, good organisation on the ground – thanks to Julian Bell and Mark Allery.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

27th September Meeting of the Howe committee WCT at Skinner's Hall London

As you may know the Bells at St Pauls have undergone a refurbishment and the WCT has funded the work for one of bells that it originally paid for. To raise funds for this bells have been turned by a group of professionals from the original wood.

Patricia Spero and Gabor Lacko are making a number to be sold at the Cathedral shop.

This was a sample she showed us yesterday.  Many others will be sold at various forthcoming events.

The WCT are holding their bi-annual competition at Carpenters Hall on the 26/7th November. If you are considering entering then the details are on their website. We, the APTGW will also have three pole lathe turners demonstrating.

Mike Gordon pole lathe turner – Sussex group.

Amy Leake – spoon and bowl maker

Sussex group.

 James Pumphrey bowl turner – Sussex group.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Cherry Wood project week 24th September 2018


Vegetable biryani – it was accompanied by dhall, pompadoms, pickles and mango chutney.

Kirby who lives on the site made too much porridge – so he added eggs and baking powder and converted leftovers into oaty muffiny things.


Ex apprentice Tom – knife maker and truly a master of sharpening.

Thought he had an easy job on the power barrow but I was forgetting that he had to load and unload it as well!


Cherry Wood has a legacy of outstanding cooks.

Well on this occasion Lloyd (ex apprentice – of course) was setting out the production line for biryani leftover pasties!

And they’re off! More ex staff coming back on project week – who would want to miss such an enjoyable event. I have done this for ten years!

The new shower, toilet and washing resource started at the spring project week and finished by the volunteer Thursday brigade.

The cook’s roundhouse made over a year ago and now with an impressive living roof.

This was some of the crowd of volunteers on Tuesday morning.


I would have been pleased to have made these at home but these were made and cooked in a Clay oven that is used for everything.

Roy Henderson (who has made so many different things) but I cannot forget the sweet little bronze planes. It not all chain saws. This tree was half axed and then half pull sawed!

It was great to bump into Richard Andersen again. He was running the Bristol group a while back that lost its home. Richard is never far away from a community project or to. He has plans to be a journeyman back home in Norway.

The picture of course is his dog – half husky!




This happy band of surveyors were setting out a wood store extension next to a rather handsome campervan.

After many years Tim has managed to buy a generator big enough to power his massive wood machining leviathan in the workshop. 

I helped Lloyd to make the generator kennel.

Many other commitments prevented me from prolonging my visit. Great to see so many familiar faces and young faces at that.  

Great thanks as ever goes to Tim Gatfield whose project has inspired and motivated so many to engage in environmentally friendly woody projects and lifestyles.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

16/17th September Kent group meeting at White Chimney Wood Benenden.


This lot are well organised and have geared up for visitors – 4 sets of pole lathe / bodging tools.

Colour coded and bit of H&S. They also have spare lathes.


Carol and Keith were experimenting with a hobbit house in fresh willow.

They are never short of an interesting idea or two.


Pete was making some bench legs from chestnut that had ‘character’


Yet another new recruit? The Kent group have been meeting every other Monday and they continue to grow and grow.


Another John was making chair spindles.

Phil was also making chair bits. During their tree to chair day recently it became apparent the basic lathe skills were in short supply when they needed them most, so maybe they are going back to basics.

Carol was in good baking form as usual.

Harry was also making chair components using some of his latest EBAY acquisitions. A Harris plane and a traditional rounder. Does beg the question why no picture.

Did get this – another adjustable rounder that cut at 90 degrees across the grain with the action of a router.

Harry was sporting the new Kent group badges (aftermath of chair day gone mad?).

Pete mading good progress with his bench.

I was invited to test the chair in a day – it looked good and was very comfortable. They are putting it in the auction at the ball 2019 which is not so far away.

The chair in all its glory (note the very nice campervan in the background).

Damien was tooling a knee for the new dining shelter.


Pete’s bench was nearly there, now for the leg levelling and minor adjustments.

This was their last meeting at White Chimney Woods this year but they have a winter program held at John’s house and probably at the hall at Iden Green. In the past this has included shrink pot making, blacksmithing, leather working, spooning….  The moral of the story is to keep the group active during the colder months.


I collected some entries this week and others are being posted to me. If you have an entry you can also post it to me and I can personally deliver it on time. Details are on their website and in the gazette. 26/27th November Carpenters Hall City of London.