A Fella’ Who Makes Chairs

A little while ago I was contacted, out of the blue, by John Rainsford.  He asked if I’d be interested in doing a piece for The Arts Interview.  I pondered for a little while, initially being reluctant, but then, warming to the idea, I agreed. John sent me...

Firewood and Possible Futures

As I stood waiting for the sun to rise, sipping coffee, with the warm breeze wrapping itself around me, I heard the swans pass quietly overhead.  They flew in formation, their wing beats the only disturbance in the pre-dawn silence as I listened to them fade into the...

The Silence

For the last few weeks I have been pondering at some length on the silence induced by the chair I recently finished, and many thoughts and ideas have whirled around my head, some easily dismissed, some more reluctant to depart. When I closed the door that evening was...

Hand Carved Blackthorn Pipe Tamper

This morning it was raining, cold and generally miserable; so, after walking the boys, eating a hearty breakfast and lighting the fire, there was really only one thing to do – a bit of whittling.  It keeps the mind from wandering, occupies idle hands, and lets...

The Travelling Pipe Tamper

Over the years I’ve made a few pipe tampers – some quite simple, and others a little more ornate. Depending on what I want they can take anything from 1 -3 hours to carve. All of them are functional and perfectly suited for their intended purpose. When people see them...

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