6 Dec

Edward Lear wrote some utterly sublime nonsense poems, for example;

The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo

On the Coast of Coromandel
Where the early pumpkins blow,
In the middle of the woods
Lived the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo
Two old chairs, and half a candle,–
One old jug without a handle,–
These were all his worldly goods:

….. so it continues….

This sort of nonsense rattles about in my head in my head most of the time and I wonder if it doesn’t affect my work. On Thursday I set to making the first wooden commission in my new Studio in Sheffield. I was not looking to make a profit, just to get my ‘eye in’ so to speak using first principle – start small and work up.

I had been asked to make something auspicious for a new niece, so I produced the spoon pictured at the foot of this blog. During the making I could not resist the temptation to give the handle a waist coat, buttons, trousers and shoes and an old Etonian tie. Why oh why? I know not why, I just know the spoon had a personality.

Now that I work for myself my average day does not make a lot of sense either. On Friday I saw a picture framer about making rebated timber for a frame for 1970’s photographic print of the Eiger – He liked my Scandinavia Pine suggestion – the picture made me think of George Lazenby in ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service; I had a chat with an artist who is also a gallery owner about the Tour de France passing her shop whilst looking at a superb bronze maquette of a fallen angel; I was shown, and I wielded a gorgeous damascened sword by the producer of a soon to be made epic film; and I had an earnest discussion with a bloke about shifting 1.5 tonnes of woodworking machinery from Stoke on Trent to my workshop. You couldn’t make it up, even in Coramandel.


Hey Diddle Diddle
The cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon
The little dog laughed
To see such fun
And the dish ran away with the spoon

…. Makes perfect sense to me


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