Post Ex

We have had our open weekends. Our Co- exhibitors have been fantastic, we have had a steady stream of visitors and it has been a good time for socialising and also selling. The weather was good and the event tent outside has been a great place to chat and partake of Tea, coffee, cake, savories, beer and wine depending on the time of day.DSC04494

Show is now over and the daily tools of our lives are slowly being reintroduced into the house. We will miss the empty floors, just as now I miss the filing cabinet, the box of maps, the place to put the mobile phone while charging, the table in the corner etc. I wish the planning would come through so we could get on with putting in the underfloor heating that was supposed to be completed before the exhibition.

I must get the boat ready for the summer. It should have happened in April.

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Open Studio

Syann and I are holding an open studio. We have done some serious clearing out and redecorating in the home. Trips to the tip, books and filing cabinets in the shed. My drawing board has made it up to my attic in the workshop. Our friends who are guesting on our show have helped us a lot with decorating.Last weekend, Saturday was packed. Sunday less so but still good. This weekend is due to be hot. Come round, even if it is just a glass of juice on your way to the beach! this is more or less our ad. in Crafts magazine.Invite blurbinvite front

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Vessel

I turned the front of my vessel. A lovely plank of rippled ash running to the blonde sapwood on one side. It is about a metre in length by 400. I drew on a pattern of arc and radians. Carved a pattern of vee chevrons over the next few days. Tried to turn the back off, but the wood had twisted and turning had changed from tricky to silly. 0ne metre of wood on the faceplate comes past slowly. Thock, thock,thock. I took it off and planed it to form. Went through the grades of abrasive, filled the screwholes, fussed the face a bit more and a coat or four of oil. A clear evening, so it was down to the industrial estate with a broom and a camera to take some photos. Please visit my new web site on nickbarberton.com.

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Visit Nick Barberton’s New Web Site

I have just finished building my new web site! Please go to nickbarberton.com to take a look at some of my latest work, exhibitions or to commission me.

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portrait

Jo bass from Hannah Bosofsky took a pic of me in Art in Action. DSC_0083 (2)

I gather it may become available on 500px (an online picture store)

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Art in Action has come round again. Possibly for the last time, but it does give us a chance to dwell on what a fantastic event it is. Lots of Art, crafts and performance held in a fantastic gardens in the middle of England in the middle of Summer.
I have spent three years in the market and now was demonstrating in the Woodwork tent. 7.5 x 2.5 metres of space to show in compared to the 3 x 1 metres of the market. Syann came along to help sell and wrap while I carved a simple pattern across a wild grained piece of walnut.
We were camping as usual. Fortunately the weather was fine with no mud. We were fed lunch and supper and plied tea, coffee and juice. 7000 people a day is a lot. Most of them asked if that was walnut. We took the trailer, made packing simpler. Previous years have had the roof rack packed with display tables taped up to keep the rain out.
So what is different? The larger space gave me more of a Gallery feel. Being in the woodworking demonstrators tent added gravitas and so all the people that flattered me and walked on, bought!
Chair, music stand, several larger wall panels and even all my tops sold. It sure helps repacking to come home when half the stock is gone.
The bring down is next craft fair when I set up, talk to the people for 3 days and bring it all back home again. Now I must make some more stock!DSC04082

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Toberonochy 2016

Toberonochy 2016

The weather report was not good Snow in Scotland and us towing the boat up for the first sail of the year. I sent an email to Brice suggesting we move the event to Malta, but he did not bite.
We set off to Overnight in Cumbria. The cars thermometer read a not too promising 9.5, getting steadily colder as we headed north. Birmingham 6, Manchester 3.5. Minus 0.5 over the hill at Shap in the snow. It warmed to +0.5 with John and Lainie in Milburn and snowed overnight.

DSC03712 It warmed as we went on up to Scotland, but remained fresh and bright. The highlands beautiful as ever.
I prepared the boat for the water but left it on the trailer for the evening. The usual group supper, remaking contacts.

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Saturday we are into the water and off to a beach past Shuna on the mainland. I would give you its name, but it is off my OS map and is just a dent on the road atlas. John Lowe crews with us.

DSC03717 After our picnic, we sail up the east side of Shuna and tack back to Toberonochy. A lovely day sailing and a good time had by all. Temperature pretty reasonable inspite of early misgivings. Saturday night and we start with the barbecue and move indoors for the ceilidh and various turns. Most of them very good. 11.30 and we are staggering off to bed wondering how to make the 10am. start.

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Sunday and yesterdays west wind has moved to the South. We breeze up to Gull Island have lunch involving Barbecued Kippers and the proverbial dram.

DSC03778Tacking back and we are ahead of John and Lainie till I snag rudder on fishing bouy and they steam past as we wrestle with the denizens of the deep. Progress is more a case of how few cockups rather than speed. Generally we are very happy with the sailing. Last year we took a load of water north of Shuna and bailed out all the way back. With the strengthening wind, we haul up the boats that evening. Ready for departure on the Monday after we have cleaned up. Around midday we set off, a string of happy boaters with our Trailers for the ferry. We take the usual policy of trying a new road home. We follow the coast road down to the Crinan canal.

DSC03809We follow a track to a small chapel, dumping the boat where there is space by a gate. The track ends by a small stone jetty and a smaller 30 degree stone slipway. Eat our lunch. in the car watching a black cloud pouring rain on the sound of Jura and us. Go back to collect the boat, past the outward bound camps with their kayaks and mountain bikes. along the Crinan canal with all the yachts taking their shortcut past the Mull of Kintyre. We follow the road up the beautiful Loch Fyne  getting Mussels at the luxury Seafood shop for supper we are cooking at John and Lainie’s in the evening. Loch Lomond, Erskine Bridge, Glasgow southern bypass, M74 to Cumbria and Milburn. John’s schoolfriend Jono and win Rosie arrive for supper and we eat mussels. Good food, good company, good nights rest and we stop off to see David and Kate van Alphen last year rehoused to the beautiful small town of Ingleton.

DSC03815 Sophia is at school and Iris returned from Playschool while we were there.
Then it was back on the road, eating our lunch as we drove. Traffic jamb on the M6, but that is to be expected. Home at dusk.

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