Good news! Last week I got the all clear from the hospital after a dire summer of chemotherapy. It will take a little while to get back into the full swing, but I am feeling so much better than I did a few short weeks ago.
So, in celebration, we have moved into a new workshop. The units in the Craft Village at Quex Park are great, but somewhat restrictive in both size and facilities. The new workshop, which is still on the Quex Estate, albeit just outside the Park proper, is around 4 times the size of the old unit and has Continue reading →
Trips to the hospital, for three separate tests, at three different hospital on three consecutive days have occupied a fair amount of this week, along with a fair amount of mileage! They have covered QEQM at Margate, William Harvey at Ashford and the K&C at Canterbury, so the way things are going I’ll probably end up seeing a consultant in Maidstone for the results!
January was a month that, at times seemed to drag, and at other moments simply shot past. In
retrospect it has gone pretty quick! It has seen the completion of seven instruments (One of those five tenors got a bit behind due to some extras needed on it) They include 4 tenors, Ben’s 8 string, Andy’s Soprano and that project instrument that those of you following this will have seen glimpses of.
No improvement over last week as far as temperatures are concerned, even Tru-oil has been taking 48 hours to cure properly, some 40 hours longer than it would in the summer! Today though, it did improve considerably.
On top of that, the far end of the Craft village has been having some major Continue reading →
Using a workshop that is no more than a converted cattle stall, combined with sub-zero temperatures, and now, a carpet of snow, has had it’s moments this week. Most glues state ‘Protect from frost’ on the label and should not be used below 10 degrees C, and keeping the workshop at those heady temperatures has bee difficult. Thank heavens for Hide Glue!
Mind you, carving seven necks has kept the body warm, it’s just the air temperature that has been a problem!
The instruments seen here all had their necks caved during the course of Continue reading →
The first Saturday in November is the date for the Craft Village’s next Pure Craft Market. With a number of visiting Crafters, along with the ten resident Craftspeople, it is the ideal place to choose a unique gift for the forthcoming festive season. The goods on offer are all hand made by local experts, or you can book lessons and learn the crafts yourself in some cases.
The Market runs from 10am until around 4pm and entrance, as well as parking, is free. Don’t miss it!
My name is Wally, and I’m Walnut. That’s the wood I’m talking about, not the seed I was grown from. I was born back in 1785, or maybe 1783. It depends on when you count a tree being born, when the seed is planted in a growing pot, or when the young sapling is planted out in it’s permanent location. I was put in quite a nice place, in front of a big house along with a few of my brothers and some other relatives. I remember that when we were young we were quite well looked after by a man in baggy trousers and a big flat cap. It took a few years, but it wasn’t long Continue reading →