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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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Carving Ash


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Captains Chairs in Ash

Captains Chairs in Ash

I have finished both chairs in time to take them down to the local industrial estate at the end of Sunday to photograph. The weather is clear, so the light is good. There will be a frost in the night but the photographer in me doesn’t care. The two men raiding the skips and the builder returning things to his works all compliment me on the chairs. A good feeling. Here is one of the pics.

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November 28, 2011 · 2:20 pm

Scraping Seat

Scraping Seat

It is autumn and the sun is shining . I am finishing the second of a pair of chairs. I have sanded to 220 grit and now am scraping the seat to perfect the carving, before going over the whole chair at 400 grit and oiling some time this weekend. I might have finished today but I went off to Pepperbox Hill while the sun is out. I can work through the weekend in the rain.

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November 25, 2011 · 5:33 pm

Carving a doorway

I have been lucky,

I have been asked to carve one of my patterns on a doorway for a house near Lymington. The patrons had seen another door that I had carved and wanted more. This is an overall pattern and will give a texture and excitement to the front of the house. There was some hold up while they found a joiner to make the door and surround and I could complete a chair and then a shelving system. Then it arrived eight foot by ten foot of Framework and a door and two panels. This fitted in my double doors and onto the framework that I had assembled over my combination machine. I rigged up long trammels that arced from more or less where I had them in my drawing and traced arcs across the doorway. Michelle and Mark seemed pleased and were happy to let me chop into their investment. Now six weeks later I have carved the two side panels and am working on the door. I have tennis elbow and have to take frequent breaks when my arm seizes up. It excites me and is looking great. The end is in sight but I don’t want to carve this size area for ar least a year.


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Sept 6th.

Sunday 6th. September.

Around the middle of August, I got the sails rigged on the yacht and fixed a date for the Launch. High tide on the full moon when there is still a chance of summer weather and Syann would be back from her mother. I then realised how much work would be involved in getting the trailer roadworthy and fitting the boat. Sent out the invites and knuckled down to the detriment of my work. (again)

On the day, I went to fetch Josh while Syann prepared Pizza for 30, John and Frances brought us Champagne from France and we set off for Eling with the boat. Got there slightly late. Lots of friends. It all worked with John skippering. The papperazzi were there and here are some of the photos. Great picnic. Knackered afterwards, there must have been a lot of stress involved in delivering the goods.sailing 1

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