Friday, 30 June 2017
Following the visit to John's fine house he did a talk the next day to a packed audience. The main purpose of the talk was to launch his new book detailing the work and careers of the people that passed through Parnham. It reads like a 'who's who' of the furniture making world, although many of the students branched out into other disciplines such as architecture. I haven't read the whole thing yet but it's a truly fascinating book, and I highly recommend buying a copy on it's imminent release. John very kindly signed my copy, a true gentleman.
Tuesday, 27 June 2017
On Sunday I visited John Makepeace's beautiful house in Beaminster Dorset. This was what he has downsized to!
John himself was on hand all afternoon to generously discuss his pieces on display as well as any other questions.
This is a painted version of his Knot Chair.
A very simple and modern chair which was very comfortable, yes you were allowed to sit on them.
His famous layered chair which revealed the coloured layers as it was carefully shaped.
A pretty one in sycamore and bleached burr elm.
John made many pieces combining wood and metal, I prefer the all wooden ones.
This is a detailed shot of a magnificent burr oak side table, about 7' long and 2' wide made from a single board of solid burr.
The fruit table below is whimsical and beautifully made, as were all the pieces.
A chair with a cast aluminium seat and a lovely blanket chest/ seat in rippled sycamore.
The chair below was my favourite in yew, very organic.
A cosy seat for two.
Some of the pieces on display were for sale and I heard John telling someone this pair of Zebra cabinets were available for £65,000! They didn't seem fazed although they weren't being loaded into their car when they left.
The gardens were equally as impressive as the house.
A great way to spend a couple of hours.
Sunday, 25 June 2017
Matthew a 17 year old student sent me these pictures of some of his recent work. He is just completing his level 3 qualification in furniture and design and the vanity mirror above is his assessment piece, as well as a present for his girlfriend.
This walnut corner cabinet has a well executed veneered panel with diamond inlay. I'm sure with this standard of work he has a long future ahead in furniture making.
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
There is an a large workshop clearance auction this Friday 23rd June at Ewbanks Auction House in Guildford. Above is a large board of Cuban Mahogany. You ca view the full catalogue here.
Lots of veneer in thick as well as thin, ideal for restoration.
Some lovely true Lignum Vitae.
A very nice board of Indian rosewood and below a very rare log of Brazilian kingwood, beautiful stuff! I have resisted the temptation to attend, I have enough wood to last a lifetime, or more!
Saturday, 17 June 2017
Just a reminder that the John Makepeace talk is on Monday 26th June at 2.30 pm in Beaminster Dorset. More details and tickets here
To get in the mood I'll be re reading this fascinating book about John and his life and work, well worth adding to your collection
We are having a few days away in West Dorset and went to the Bridport Food Festival yesterday, they couldn't have wished for a better day.
There were lots of local suppliers of all things tempting!
Here's my wife trying some local honey.
I was drawn to this larger than life steel robot standing guard outside one of the tents. A great example of recycling it's made from car exhausts.
Monday, 12 June 2017
A beautifully wrapped little parcel arrived today finished off with a blob of ceiling wax.
This little plane is just 30 mm (1 1/4") long with a 1/2" wide blade.
The dovetails are superb for such a tiny scale and the mouth is very tight. Despite its diminutive size it is very comfortable to hold (one handed of course) and works very well.
I have an antique violins makers plane, they make a great pair. I believe Oliver has another two of these planes for sale if anyone is interested.
Saturday, 10 June 2017
Joe sent me these pictures of his latest project, a very lovely, delicate walnut console table.
The plugs were shaped by hand on an inverted jointer held in the vice.
Carefully trimming the plugs.
I really like the tapered legs, it looks very light on its feet.
Hand cut dovetails for the drawers.
Shown with a matching pair of bedside tables made earlier.
Saturday, 3 June 2017
I was told about this video by Johnny Brooke from The Crafted Workshop, it's nicely done and worth watching. I had lots of questions from left handers asking if the guides will work for them and it's nice to see a leftie in action. I also spied an HNT Gordon spoke shave as well as block plane in use, great tools.