I am writing this during the second week of the Olympics. What a fantastic time for Team GB and the country as a whole! With blanket TV coverage there is always the temptation to spend less time in the workshop than usual so as not to miss anything significant! Anyway, chairmaking must go on and August is my chance to recharge the batteries and think up new developments for the future (later in the year).
In the meantime there are still a few places left on 2012 courses. I will be out and about at several shows over the next few months and there are details of two below. Both are great events and quite different! Do come and say hello if you can make it.
There are places left on just four courses during the remainder of 2012. (Dates for 2013 will be announced later in the year.)
Courses with places are:
September 3 – 7
October 22 – 26
Introductory / Iintermediate (continuous arm)
November 5 – 9
December 10 – 14
If you wish to book a place please email James to confirm that there is still a vacancy. If there is, then send a deposit of £150 either via the website or by cheque (to The Windsor Workshop) to secure the place. James will confirm the booking in writing and let you have final joining details.
Slideshow Record of Course
In July David Hillyer attended a course to make an Introductory bow back chair.
Unusually he was accompanied by two others that had been before. John for the second time making the Intermediate double bow chair and Bob, on his fourth visit, made the large double-bow that had been made on the Advanced course earlier in the year.
David kept a great photographic record of the week which you can see by clicking on the image.
In the next two months I am attending a couple of great shows. If you live anywhere nearby do come and say hello! There will be lots to see:
Over 40 members of members of the Guild will be exhibiting in a large marquee in front of the beautiful Manor house. The associated gardens are well worth a visit too.
Now one of the top woodworking shows in the country, this is one not to be missed by any woodworker. A great opportunity to see and meet many of the top names in UK woodworking and others from Europe and the US. I will be promoting my tools and in particular the spokeshave kits, showing how you can make a great tool in about 20 minutes!If you are not so interested in the woodworking, the fantastic medieval barns are justification enough to make the trip!
In July my daughter and I attended the British Grand Prix at Silverstone – yes, that was the one where the organisers told people not to come for the practice on the Saturday to preserve the grass car parks for race day! We went in the LandRover and drove in and out with virtually no pause.
What has this to do with Windsor chair making? Very little, but you will see!
We had an amazing surprise when we took our seats to find that we were sitting next to a friend and his son, that we had not seen for two years and did not know would be there! I could not believe the coincidence so consulted Eric Gower, a former maths teacher, who has been on several courses and now makes chairs as a hobby.
His conclusion was that the chance of this happening was 4.6 x 10(-13) (sorry the text editor cannot cope with powers!)
If you are of a mathematical bent you can see his working by clicking on the flag!