Saturday 18 May 2013

Burnham on Sea Camera Club

In an effort to improve my photography skills I have joined the Burnham on Sea camera club LINK HERE  and bought a new DSLR camera.
Here are a few of the pics I have taken.

Sunday 12 May 2013


Last Thursday I did an evening demo for the Kennet and Avon Woodturning club at Trowbridge.
It was a very enjoyable evening with a lot of audience participation.
I demonstrated how to turn a thin walled bowl with the foot removed.The bowl was about 8" x 3" x about 2mm thick.A bit risky for a demo doing something as thin as this as it can easily go wrong.It is probably more sense to do something less likely to go wrong but it just seemed more fun to do something risky and the audience seemed to enjoy it.
After completing the bowl I turned a pair of crotch bowls to show how to get a pair of pretty bowls from a bit of wood that you would probably throw away.

I have not done as many evening Demo's this year because I think I did too many last year and they can be very tiring.
There is a lot of preparation and loading up before you go and this can take up to half a day and you have to sort it all back into your workshop the day after.
Getting home at around midnight is a bit tiring and when I arrive home I need to stay up for about an hour to wind down.
Having said all that I do enjoy doing Demo's but in the future I will be more inclined to do all day Demo's they are not as tiring and better value for the club.

I had good news when I got home from Trowbridg, Jane from Yandles had telephoned to ask if I would Demo in their September show.
As most of you will know this is a two day show and very popular with the woodworking fraternity.
In my opinion the Yandle's shows are the best in the country and it is always a pleasure to be there.

Friday 10 May 2013

Ian and Buddy

Hi All.
Today Myself Susan and our Granddaughter Ali visited some more of the North Somerset Art Weeks venues.
One of the venues we found particularly good was the one run by Ian and Buddy at Pear tree farm,Kingston Seymour BS21 6UZ.
This was one of our favourite venues and I took a few pics that I thought you would like to see.
Ian and Buddy have made a wonderful collection of Ceramics,glass art,mixed media and wood.
It is there intention to be open all the year round so it is well worth a visit
They can be contacted on.
Buddy 07793 544 384
Email buddybird@dsl.pipex.com
Website http://www.buddybird.co.uk/

Monday 6 May 2013

North Somerset Art week 2013

The county of Somerset is split into two areas for their annual art weeks and I think it is because it is quite a large county.
The Art weeks are venues  were several artists of different disciplines get together and display their works for the benefit of visitors This goes from Friday the 3rd of May until Monday the 12th May.
There are over 300 Artists in 100 plus venues so obviously  a lot to see.
I am in the South Somerset area and we have our Art weeks in the beginning of September.
Yesterday my wife Sue and I visited about half a dozen venues and I have taken a few pics for you to look at.
The standard of work in most of the venues is very high.