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 (more…)
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!
For environmentalist, there has been good news coming out (more…)
New jig week, along with finishing the move around, and a couple of repairs have taken far more time than they should have, but each has had it’s own rewards. The move around, as mentioned last week, has provided something verging on a dance-floor’s worth of space, along with a sensible
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, […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
My daughter Lorraine came into the unit the other day and really surprised me. She has never shown any interest in singing, and, a year ago, couldn’t play a single note on the guitar! There is hope for all of us! Well done Lorraine.
We will be closed over the weekend 31st August to 3rd September in the workshop at Quex, but that is only because we will be attending the Smugglers Folk Festival somewhere between Deal and Dover. We will have a number of instruments on display, including that