The six chairs are now united in their new home on the moors above Bolton Abbey.
My customers are very pleased, especially with the little table
It was rather a struggle to get up there, even with snow chains on the Landy. I kept thinking, well I’ll get up there, but maybe not get back. But I was accompanied back and two shovels came in very handy clearing 3 foot drifts of heavy melting snow that the Landy kept on bellying on. All the snow’s gone from down in the valleys round here, but at 1,600 feet up where the chairs now live it had only just yesterday got above freezing, first time in weeks, and my customers had not had their 4×4 car down to the village since New Year’s Day!
The package in may last post was a 2 1/2 pound Kentish pattern axe that I’m now making a new handle for. It looked like it was going to be a cleaver from the package! Photos to follow when it’s re-shafted. It’s an old War Department one in good nick. I do wish, however, that people who sell tools on eBay would resist the temptation to ‘sharpen’ them. Which usually just means putting a shiny, inexpert edge on with a grinding wheel. Fortunately on this one they had not over-heated the edge and lost the metal’s temper as can happen with a powered grit stone. I’ve just about restored a better smooth edge with my treadle-powered grit stone that runs in a bath of water keeping everything cool.
Course coming up tomorrow over at York with Paul Atkin. I’m getting a couple of hook tools for bowl turning, and a half day on their use.