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April 13, 2020

It was about 8 years ago when the indomitable Christian took down a huge ash tree and brought me a whole crutch section - he knows what I like.

 The wood was beautiful with a lovely contrast between the central olive streak and the surrounding cream, with feathering whe...

April 11, 2020

Malcolm the beekeeper explained to me in great detail, most of which I don't remember, why the People's beehive (otherwise known as the Warre hive) worked. And critically, he brought me sample parts. 

Although presented as modern, it was actually devised...

April 4, 2020

I am not a bee keeper. However, we do keep bees. 

They are not our bees. They belong to Malcolm.

Malcolm is a fascinating individual, and a man of many parts.

He is the only person I know who collects steam rollers. Well, road rollers of any description.

And other large it...

August 17, 2019

Last year at the Spring Bank Holiday I participated with colleagues from the Peak District Artisans in the Derbyshire Open Arts event, at Beechenhill farm near Ilam, home of Sue and Terry Prince. It's a very nice venue, held in a beautifully converted barn, albeit well...

April 4, 2019

In 1993 we were living in a small house in St Mary's Gate in the centre of Wirksworth, but looking to buy somewhere in the Derbyshire Dales. Our requirements were,  somewhere traditional, big enough for us and our two children (aged 11 and 8 at the time), and a large g...

March 25, 2019

A couple of weeks ago I had an email from a person who identified himself only by his first name, which I didn't recognise. He just asked how big a piece I could turn in my lathe, and gave me dimensions of something he needed turned for a project. I read it as being fr...

November 29, 2018

I've had a good autumn of turning, including successful shows and quite a few interesting commissions. In the run up to Christmas I thought I would make some of my food presentation boards, but this time out of really decorative wood. Here are some of the results.

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April 10, 2018

Big word, but it perfectly expresses the relationship between trees and fungi. They live off each other. Not all fungi of course. Particular trees have particular fungi. Often they feed on the living tree, but when the tree dies they begin to take over. It takes time,...

March 7, 2018

I wrote a couple of months ago about about the field maple that had to come down and how what was to have been a big bowl split into two halves. I tried to salvage the halves, which were punctured by screw holes. Just so as you know, one of them I rescued after a fashi...

January 27, 2018

Every January Jacky and I go up to the Forest of Bowland in North Lancashire for a few days walking. It's a forest only in the Norman sense, i.e. a royal hunting ground, and indeed a large chunk of it still belongs to the Duchy of Lancaster ie, the Queen. The scenery i...

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