This week I have been mostly. . .
. . . Moving wood, lots of wood, and stacking it to dry. It’s very green so it might be burnable this time next year. Some of it isn’t split as much as I’d hoped so that stuff might get chopped into stove sized pieces and then split. Anyhow it’s a start.
I was doing more wood shifting today while Paul was moving around a lot of hardcore and building a wooden frame for the concrete to be poured into. A little bit more moving to be done and filling in of gaps but maybe concrete next weekend weather permitting. Paul bless him has worked solidly all day, you can’t tell from the picture just how much stuff needed digging and levelling and sorting but he deserves a big hug for it all and something to ease his aching back no doubt.
I’ve been asked to make some saltpigs for a gallery that I supply in Ripon, they are opening a new shop at Newby Hall
and would like some work for there too. I haven’t made salt pigs for a while and I remembered the great idea that Alan Gaff
once published on his blog a while ago and thought I’d give it a go. This one does the thing that I hate on saltpigs in that the mouth isn’t vertical so any dust dropping from above is still able to fall into the opening of the jar, however excluding that fact which just requires a bit of tweaking on the cutting process I think it works well, so much easier than the way I would usually make them. I’ll see what it looks like decorated but I will be trying it again, thanks Alan!
These two pictures are some sample that I have been working on for a project
that I may be involved in in the future. It’s based on the Cumnock Pottery that I mentioned a few posts back. I was trying to reuse the naive style of drawing and lettering that appears on the old Cumnock pots.
Last night was Helen’s leaving party, she’s moving away to Glasgow and we will miss her oh so very much. I can report that the cake and chocolate lollipops went down well.
PS A quick message to my regular Anonymous commenter, hope you are ok, haven’t heard from you in a while.