Getting on with the jobs in hand...

Snow, beautiful...

So I'm writing this about the workshop over the last couple of weeks. The problem is Blogger has been down as far as uploading pictures, and if you already follow my blog you'll know that I like to take photos and put them on here. Loads of people are complaining about it, so hopefully Google (who own Blogger) will get the problem sorted out. There is a sort of fix, where you install Google Chrome, but lots are against this, for whatever their reasons.

Here's the Gallery area including shelving...

The workshop is improving, I have to make it safe for customers to walk in, I don't want people to get too close to the benches and machines. I have a Gallery to the side as you walk in and needs to be, as accessible as possible for customers to look at my work. So as I was telling one of the other artists about the fence idea, then someone, knows someone who can help, for the price of me turning a glass blowing block, this is one of the tools used to shape the glass.

This is the fabulous fencing...hinged so that I can change its orientation

This is some of the old timber from up the garden, soon to be turned into another bench.

The extra bench is for workshops and courses, I'm going to use all scrap timber to make the bench, and the vice will be off my bench. Mine will have the one bought from famous auction site, last year. The owner was from Worcester, and was clearing out an old shed. The 10" vice is a Parkinson's Perfect with quick release lever and will be a great addition to my bench. From what I've read, Parkinsons was bought out by Record around the 1940s.

I think the timber for the bench will have to be put through the planer, I don't want students getting splinters off the legs or rails, and I'm sure I've got some old varnish that needs using up. So, in all it will be a pretty good bench, There is some of the chipboard shelving left over that will be used for the top of this bench and the other bench that I need to make for my metalwork stuff.

Here is one of the Large chunky candlesticks I have been turning...
Just giving the rough stuff a bit of burnishing..

Here are four of the Large Chunky Candlesticks, complete with price tags. 

I just love the chunky simple shapes, on a timber that has split due to drying out, these would be just at home  on an old refectory table or outside on a shelf or table going silver grey...but could quite easily be painted and distressed.. up to you..

My Mitre planes are polished up and sitting in the bottom of the cabinet
come and have a look if you want..

I'm working on some classes and short courses that people can come and learn how to make something, so keep coming back, details will be on here soon.

And there are more things to come off the lathe...

Thanks for reading

All the best



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