Sunday, 21 October 2018

21st October at East Hearts Woodturners celebrating  their 25th anniversary year at Bullfields  Sawbridgeworth Essex


Robin Fawcett – one of my hero’s; a chance meeting with him started my green woodworking adventure.


Phil Irons was the demonstrator who stood in for Stewart Mortimer.


One of Phil’s jigs for sanding and finishing spoons three abrasive grits and a flap wheel – perfect bit of home made kit.


Another home made jaws for holding spoons made from some very strong plywood.


Another jig for splitting spoons – note the plastic padding insert. – Quick and clever, I first saw this idea forty years ago being used in French horn manufacture.


David Batchelor - The Master of the Worshipful Company with Chris Scotts (Chairman of the Howe committee) and the Local Mayor with Phil Irons to celebrate the occasion.

Hats off to the East Hearts Woodturners. A very good venue, excellent food and an enjoyable demo. They are great promoters of the craft and have been involved in giving hundreds of boy scouts the opportunity to try wood turning at Gilwell Park and at other venues over the last few years, being happily supported financially by the WCT.

Great day out and nice to meet so many old friends. Good to be with a few members of my woodturning club - Fairlop. It’s a pity that I do not visit as often as I used to - must try harder! 

20th October outside the 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 and incredibly interesting village - look it up. Tremendous fun - I met some very interesting people, loads of craft outlets down cobbled passages. 

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 straight 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.