Friday, 16 May 2014

Bodgers Ball Herstmonceux East Sussex 9/10/11th May

A lull in the weather before the big blast – Sussex group in confident mood.

Mark Allery, Fionn Turnbull and a rather nice chap from the Weald & Downland Museum preparing for a hewing demonstration. He was using the biggest cant hook I have seen.

Sue & Dave Green with Bob, having just checked the beer delivery.

David Batchelor (Left)  Chairman of the Howe committee (WCT) visited us on Friday night.

Bardster entertaining the troops with a leather working demonstration.

Nic Webb doing a very well attended demonstration on spoon making.

Merlin from Cherry Wood posing as an ‘upper dog’ Ted Tuddingham with his impressive pit saw.

This was the log shown earlier.

John Bridgeman and Peter Gibson  (Master and assisant Master of the Worshipful Company of Turners)  looking at the armchair entries.

I liked the idea of workshops and children’s activities inside the very large marquee. It certainly saved our evening meal on Saturday evening when the caterers lost their tent!

Basketry workshop inside the marquee.

Voting time for the craft competitions.

Tools for self-reliance doing a good business during the inclement weather.

Sue Green (ex editor of Gazette and nigh-time ukulele player) and Richard Charles (PA systems and excellent chairs and boats) surveying the tooled spoon entries for the craft competition.

‘Barn the spoon’ doing a workshop in the marquee.

Merlin (Cherry Wood) with a Japanese pull saw – note the direction of cut and the short pitch of teeth towards the handle.

Some of the Half hour challenge entrants

James Pumprey – (note - a rather nice Volvo in the background).

Mike Church (Best newcomer 2013) making trugs.

I think he made 3 in 30 minutes!

Kevin Downing 

 Owen Thomas

Part two to follow.

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