If you’re anywhere near Bristol or the south west of England within the next couple of months, it would be worth keeping an eye out for three furniture exhibitions. Two of these shows follow on from similar events that took place a year earlier. Sadly, due to financial reasons, I’m unable to take part this year. But, if these show are anything like what was witnessed last year then, you won’t want to miss them, if you have the opportunity to pay them a visit!
‘Inspired’ – The Great Oak Hall, Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury.
Thursday 26th – Tuesday 31st May 2011
Of course, there is also one annual show for this region that I haven’t mentioned above and that’s the acclaimed Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design in Cheltenham. But, that’s not until the end of August.
With just two-days left to run on this one, I thought it was about time I got around to providing you with a bit of an update and a few photos of what you’re missing out on if you haven’t been already.
Just a brief note, this one, to say that the ‘Inspired‘ exhibition at the Ashton Court Estate (Bristol) opens this morning. Hours are 10.00-16.30 daily, with the show closing next Sunday afternoon (25th).
All are welcome and, if you’re in the area at all over the next eight-days, it’s definitely worth a look. Not only for that, but also, the grounds and mansion itself are worth a look, if you haven’t visited before.
Just follow the signs in to the Visitor Centre and the exhibition space is upstairs in the Hayloft Gallery. Along with all the fine furniture, there is some art and carved/sculpture work.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any photographs for you at the minute as the layout was still being organised when I dropped my two pieces off yesterday morning. I should be there Thursday and Friday though and I’ll update this thread/add a new post as necessary.
(I’m quietly confident that I may find a buyer for my arm chair and side table… Watch this space! ;-))
Since the last update on the side table I’m building, I’ve got to the position now where the frame is all glued up and I’m now well in to working on the quartered walnut-veneered top. While I’ve kept my progress posts updated regularly on a couple of UK woodworking forums, I do apologise for not keeping you guys better informed here, on my blog – it’s just that, I’ve learnt so much from the forums over the years that I feel like I almost ‘owe’ them something in return… Sorting through my images and typing all that text can take a good hour, after which, there aren’t always enough hours in the day to start blogging (it is World Cup season, after all!! 😀 …No, as an Englishman, I probably shouldn’t be smiling, at this point!).
Just in time for the half-term break, I got my arm chair all glued up at college. It’s quite a relief to finally reach this stage of this build in particular! Even though, I still have a bit of sanding and tidying up to do. To be honest, I’m not sure I would have had enough cramps, had I decided to do this one in my own workshop…
This week at college, I’ve managed to get the English walnut seat carved out to a comfortable formation for my own bottom. While I spent the best part of both days (thirteen hours) on this, including endless amounts of sanding and applying a coat of oil, I have to say, carving a chair seat isn’t complicated at all. There are a few basic guidelines for getting started, that you may come across in a couple of woodworking books but, the most important thing is to check it regularly (literally – sitting down on the job!) and work evenly on both sides. I also borrowed a couple a travishers for this task as it’s really all you need for something like this.
With two July exhibitions looming and a stack of 2in ash left over at college, I’m currently at the design stage for a side table to go with the “Two Tone Throne” [or, chair!!] that I’ve been making this year. My chair will feature at both exhibitions although, as I’m paying a bit extra for the Inspire show (several days after Furnish) and each maker/artist is allowed to exhibit two pieces, I feel it makes sense to try and produce one other piece within the time I have left; something that won’t have been exhibited elsewhere.
Lately, I haven’t been able to spend much time online to update my blog (apologies for that). Though, I have been able to spend a good amount of time in the workshop (at least that’s something!) and I have continued making progress on the chair at college.