This page will probably eventually become a blog, an RSS feed or even a Twitter once I can devote the time to working out how to do it. I am also reliably informed that I should have a Facebook page - well, I think I have, but it's dormant. I will sort anon. For now it is a good old traditional news page that I hope to update more often than the old one, assuming I can work out how to use the new content management system ...
We are lucky enough to live on the Acton Scott estate in the beautiful South Shropshire hills - and to have been at the heart of the filming of the recent very popular BBC2 series, 'Victorian Farm'. For a year we had the team doing the programme living and working on the estate - and when the filming was actually happening a lot of it was going on outside our kitchen window. They were lovely people [still are!] and it was a pleasure to be involved.
And they've been here again - filming three Christmas specials, so watch out for these running up to Christmas.
I am continuing to do more and more teaching ... and I'm now offering gift tokens. This ia all working towards reducing the amount of commissioned making I do, but with no intention of cutting it out altogether. It's just changing the balance so that I am more in control of my time and some 'time off' might be possible - a concept seemingly lost in the mists of time before I had so many commissions on. As anyone self-employed reading this will know, the idea of time off is a tricky one, unless you are considerably more disciplined and/or organised than I am.
Spring 2010 weekend courses dates now posted - please go to the courses area.
Teaching in Australia:
Next August, 2010, I will be doing some showing, teaching and demonstrating in Perth, Australia. I was invited there in 2002, mainly as a result of the Celebrating Boxes exhibition and the enthusiasm and determination of Paul Henneberry, a fine box maker who attended the conference that opened the 'Celebrating Boxes' show organised by Peter Lloyd and me. Paul is a member of the Perth Fine Woodworking Association - his and their hospitality was second to none and I [and my not quite by then wife, Hilary] had a ball. This is really a repeat performance of that visit kicking off with three days demonstrating at the Perth Fine Wood Show - there will be several other worhshops including a day at the Australian School of Fine Wood, based in Dwellingup at the wonderful Forest Heritage Centre. For more details see my current newsletter. Currently I send this out every 6 months - subscribing to this will ensure you have all the latest news, including dates of my weekend courses.