Monday, 28 January 2013

Miniature Hymn Board

Well time is flying by, only two weeks now till our next fair, weather has finally got a little warmer over the last few days so I have been back in the workshop.
Getting a few new miniatures ready for Stratford on feb 10th, the above is a miniature Hymn Board, numerals can be slid in and out of place so you can put in your own hymns.
Actually working on a couple more items for a church which I hope will be ready in time for Stratford.
But then I intend concentrating on some furniture, got my book about Queen Anne furniture, got a bargain off ebay, I thought it was a paperback but when it arrived it was a hardback, also signed by the author and is in mint condition, now need to spend the evenings reading and learning, then it's fingers crossed and follow the plans, good grief they certainly knew how to make furniture in those days and without all the modern tools that we now have, real craftsmen.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013


Finished this one this afternoon, titled 'Overgrown Cottage', just from an idea of many in my head, keeps me occupied while it's too cold in the workshop.
Hope the cold weather soon goes away, have just ordered my book on Queen Anne furniture, so hopefully photos of my attempts at some fine furniture in miniature will follow, that's of course if I can produce some!
Just like my art I have had no training at all in woodwork and indeed like everything else in my life I have learned myself.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Woodman's Cottage

Sorry it's been so long since my last post, I haven't been doing much apart from painting.
The painting above is titled 'Woodman's Cottage' and I have tried to give it an autumnal feel.
Workshop is still way too cold, we have had snow over the past few days and it doesn't look like clearing yet, in fact it seems there is more to come.
I did have one little session in the workshop, been practising on producing cabriole legs, these are not easy but I think I have finally got there, so hopefully have some furniture made soon with this style of leg.
Stafford went well last week, was nice to meet up with lots of my regular customers and also got a nice surprise a few days ago when my photo was featured in the Express & Star newspaper along with a write up on the Stafford Fair.
Our next fair is at Stratford on Avon on February 10th.
Will also be updating my website over the next day or so with the list of fairs we shall be attending this year.