Bee skep making again tomorrow and no post in between.
It’s been a little chilly and dark, but now we’re rounding the corner as Monday is Candlemas, when we turn off the Winter lights left over from the 40 days of Christmas fest. Candlemas falls midway between the Winter solstice and the Spring equinox, so either the depths of Winter, or nearly Spring depending.
I’ve been making lambs tongues (40 of ’em):
This may look a little odd, but it is an opening in a wall that is outside on both sides and we wanted to get some light through to prevent a dark little corner. I understand these opening fillers were used in the Olden Days before glass was extensively affordable. Perhaps someone who knows more than I do about timber buildings will put me straight. I have seen them in several period buildings and I like the look. Mine may be over fancy and perhaps they should be like these at St Gregory’s Abbey in East Yorkshire:
And Great Dixter:
While I was making the bars I used the double screw vice as part of the hold me down while planing. Speaking of which, I fixed the bench last week, it had gradually grown two inches out of level. Consequent of a floor of rotting shavings. It seems a little unfamiliar now level both ways, but things should fall off it a little less frequently.
New member of the woodland menagerie:
Hope Spring comes soon, meanwhile more of this in the pipeline: