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A Short Week

The week ahead is a little shorter than usual, having been closed on Saturday thanks to the Power Network people doing maintenance on the electricity network and unplugging the whole yard in the process. That will be followed on Monday and Wednesday by late starts as I make my way over to the Kent & Canterbury Hospital for my next dose of Anti-body treatment from last years chemo. We will be open both afternoons though.

Cherry boards in the drying chamber.
Cherry boards in the drying chamber along with some other species

Last week’s Cherry Log however, has been sliced up into Continue reading

A Funny Year

2013 has been a bit of a funny year for me. And I don’t mean funny haha, more of a year of vicious twists that, 12 months ago, were totally unimaginable.

New Bass-Baritone (Fretted)
New Bass-Baritone (Fretted)

At the start of the year all sorts of plans were in place, virtually none of which have come to fruition.  Even early in the year things were starting to go wrong and by the end of February the main reason became very apparent. Most of the rest of the year has been spent coping with the fallout from a diagnosis of Cancer. Not very many instruments have been built, and of those that have, some have subsequently been scrapped!

However, now that I’m feeling so much better than the Continue reading

Many Thanks

I have to say an enormous Thank You to everybody that has called, messaged and dropped into the new workshop with good wishes now that I have the ‘all clear’ from my recent course of Chemotherapy. The

The Bass-Baritone prototype
The Bass-Baritone prototype

response has been most heartwarming and both myself and Shirley, my wife, really appreciated all the good will.

The response to our new instrument, the Bass-Baritone Ukulele, has also been Continue reading

New Workshop

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 _IAN1998great, 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

Week Ten

Local Timber is more appropriate
Local Timber is more appropriate

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 Continue reading

Sunday Sermon, Wk 3

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! :)

Photo0306Mind 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

Sunday Sermon, Wk 2

To say we’ve had a hectic week would be an understatement! A simple plan, outlined last week, gone almost completely to pot this week. Batch building, yes, it’s a good idea, but the building methods that were in use are totally impractical in that situation.

Gobar 1
Go-bar Deck

To overcome that drawback, I decided to build a contraption called a go-bar deck. This requires a radius dish to complete Continue reading