Earlier today, I did indeed complete the drive south down to Yandles for the annual spring woodworking show (they also hold an autumn show in September, in case you didn’t know.
While I was there, I made the brave effort to get my camera out and to shoot a brief sequence of video clips that would give an impression of what’s available at one of these shows. It was a big step for me and I had to overcome a lot of anxiety to simply get my camera out of its bag, whilst walking alone through such a heavily occupied arena. Above, you can see the results of my work and an hour’s worth of editing this evening.
There’s a little more detail to follow if you read on below this line but I do welcome your comments, thoughts, opinions and feedback. 🙂
Driving down there was the same as it almost always is. Straight from work, I headed down the M5 and all was fine until I left the motorway for the junction at Taunton. From there, I usually head towards Yeovil (A37, A303) and this is where the traffic begins to queue up, for several miles.
On the return journey north, I decided to try and navigate my own way home (I also had to stop off somewhere along the A38, south of where I live). This meant going straight up from Martock towards Somerton and then west to Langport (easy), before keeping my sights on Bridgwater and the A38; following the A372 through Westonzoyland. A quick study of a Google Map on my smart phone gave me the confidence to do this and it was the first occasion where I’ve not gotten lost or taken an unintended detour…
I think, the last time I tried this; I went up the A37, went slightly off tangent between Glastonbury and Street, found my way past Wells and very nearly got confused in Cheddar, before I found familiarity in the A38… It’s all good fun when it doesn’t involve city driving!
While I was editing this video footage, I realised that many of the clips were very brief. While I was filming, it felt as though the camera was running for much longer. I have cut-out seconds wasted where I’m pointing at my shoes, for example, but still. I’m actually more concerned by the fear that I somehow missed or walked past an entire tent of activity… I’ve done this before.
One of my intentions was to purchase a couple of items from Chestnut Products. One of which, I found on the shelf inside the main shop (the last can, in fact) but, from what I saw; there was also a distinct lack of woodturning from previous years I’ve been there. I must’ve missed something and it is bothering me… I did arrive at lunchtime and spent an hour walking around to see several exhibitors tucking in to their sandwiches. But, after one complete circuit (and, before selecting my goods), I went around again just to double-check but still, I didn’t see Chestnut’s stand. Or woodturner Andy Coates, who I sometimes communicate with on Twitter.
I hope you enjoy the brief video I have uploaded this evening and, again, I welcome any feedback. I felt that a little music was better than none but, I know it’s something that isn’t going to satisfy everyone. If you read this in time, you may still have enough hours left to visit the show for yourself on Saturday! 😉
I’ll have to make a separate post to cover the few items I did buy today.
Thank you. 🙂