Carl Clerkin standing on his chairback. (http://www.carlclerkin.co.uk/)Work progressed steadily throughout the week, but always with the looming sensation of the Sunday afternoon deadline. This was when the reporter from Crafts Magazine (read part 1 here) would return to see how things were going, a photographer to take 'finished' photographs and of course the removal van to take away the finished chairs for the Milan Furniture Fair, just next week. I'm really quite glad I didn't have any deadlines apart from the 11am tea break, and 1pm lunch to make.
As it was they were really getting straight into the making...all the chairs were finished however, with Gareth working right up to the wire. Slightly odd having a photographer and reporter wandering around the workshop all day I thought. A peculiar young chap from London doing a Phd about 'amateur crafts' also turned up to see what we were doing too...'Amateur crafts' actually means hobbies to us lay people...we told him he was in the wrong place! He had misunderstood the term bodging and thought he was coming to see a course about how to 'make do and fix things together'. No, that's not what it's about. Anyway, here are some of the highs and lows of the week...
Me to Carl after 3 days on the pole lathe ... "Are you still scratching on that stick?"
Gareth day 5 happily rounding spindles, declares that he loves the tenon cutters. He then proceeds to snap off the end of his long stretcher after getting it stuck in the tenon cutter...Gudrun says, "you'll have to get back on the lathe"...Gareth with eyes bulging and hair fraying, yells (with wobbly voice), "I'm not going back on the lathe, I don't want to go back on the lathe" (insert a bit of jumping up and down here)... Gareth later declares that he no longer loves the tenon cutters.
In a mildly embarrasing alcohol induced moment at the Green Dragon pub I offer to show the group some bodgers dances we've made up at Clissett Wood previously...I will post diagrams of said dances on this blog eventually including the two button dance.
The 'Shhh shhh' not of the lathe but of the sandpaper can be heard throughout the workshop despite those designers being told it's not necessary. They are not oiling their seats either, despite being advised to do so in order to protect the end grain. Will that be a wise decision under the hot lights of Milan?
The campers on night one decide to cook pizza...the oven isn't hot enough and the pizza sits there sadly in the oven uncooked until the oven is relit for another hour and then wow, a very nice pizza with a crispy ash base after 10pm.
Carl to me after 4 days on the pole lathe ... "Are you still scratching on that stick?
Crys of "Bodgers....bodgers..." in a football chant kind of way can be heard ringing around the workshop from Carl thoughout the week.
Me to Chris on the last day ... "it's much better than your last chair".
Will, Gareth and myself wonder if Rory has been making hazel wands in his spare time?
Carl is a cheese and jam man...he cooks up halloumi cheese and fried eggs for breakfast. Yummy.
Finished group photo. More photos on view on the Clissett Wood facebook group. It was a pleasure to cook for you all this week!
STOP PRESS : Video footage of the week here.
(Never has so much sandpaper been used in greenwoodworking...hey designers...it's not necessary!)
And since then, the Crafts Magazine (May 2010 issue) article about the Designers week is available here.