Claires Sculpture by Nick Barberton

Claire Malet asked me to carve a base for her sculpture commission. It is finished and on show in Cardiff

Claire Malet, The Company of Old Roads. 2017

Claire Malet, The Company of Old Roads. 2017

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Roads by Edward Thomas
I love roads:
The goddesses that dwell
Far along invisible
Are my favourite gods.
Roads go on
While we forget, and are
Forgotten like a star
That shoots and is gone.
On this earth 'tis sure
We men have not made
Anything that doth fade
So soon, so long endure:
The hill road wet with rain
In the sun would not gleam
Like a winding stream
If we trod it not again.
They are lonely
While we sleep, lonelier
For lack of the traveller
Who is now a dream only.
From dawn's twilight
And all the clouds like sheep
On the mountains of sleep
They wind into the night.
The next turn may reveal
Heaven: upon the crest
The close pine clump, at rest
And black, may Hell conceal.
Often footsore, never
Yet of the road I weary,
Though long and steep and dreary
As it winds on for ever.
Helen of the roads,
The mountain ways of Wales
And the Mabinogion tales,
Is one of the true gods,
Abiding in the trees,
The threes and fours so wise,
The larger companies,
That by the roadside be,
And beneath the rafter
Else uninhabited
Excepting by the dead;
And it is her laughter
At morn and night I hear
When the thrush cock sings
Bright irrelevant things,
And when the chanticleer
Calls back to their own night
Troops that make loneliness
With their light footsteps' press,
As Helen's own are light.
Now all roads lead to France
And heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead
Returning lightly dance:
Whatever the road bring
To me or take from me,
They keep me company
With their pattering,
Crowding the solitude
Of the loops over the downs,
Hushing the roar of towns
And their brief multitude.

Summer by Nick Barberton

A couple of years ago Simon asked me to make a garden table and seats from an oak that he had planked. The wood was curved from being stacked on a curved floor. Oops. I kept it a year with weights on the curve in the hope of straightening it a bit. It didn't work.

It was time to make it. I chose the straightest planks for the top of the table, The planed out at 40mm. I doweled them with 10mm stainless rod and spaced them with washers. Made crosses for the two legs. I cut the planks for the seats, ripped them to 50mm planks along the curve so that the seats had a curve. Riveted them with 10mm rod and made crosses for the seats. Now they are in the workshop, waiting for Simon to return from holiday. I hope they like them. Here is a cramped photo in the workshop. It is raining now and I need help to get them out onto enough space to take a photo. I am trying to Thatch, but the rain has forced me inside, Hence the blog.

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Three music Stands by Nick Barberton

I have spent the last month making music stands. Three at once. I designed them to be made in batches, but usually time, availability of wood or human factors meant that I might cut and glue up components for several stands, only one at a time gets completed. I really should write down notes so I do not have to repeat the learning curve the following time. I turned four hubs, but only had three sets of legs ready. I glued up more tines, simpler for next time. It is still making of all the little bits that uses up the most time. I am not happy with the photo. The day was overcast and it shows. Three Days later, I have the go ahead to box two stands and send them to Paris. Goody!

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vessel by Nick Barberton

I turned the front of my vessel. A lovely plank of rippled ash running to the blonde sapwood on one side. It is about a metre in length by 400. I drew on a pattern of arc and radians. Carved a pattern of vee chevrons over the next few days. Tried to turn the back off, but the wood had twisted and turning had changed from tricky to silly. 0ne metre of wood on the faceplate comes past slowly. Thock, thock,thock. I took it off and planed it to form. Went through the grades of abrasive, filled the screwholes, fussed the face a bit more and a coat or four of oil. A clear evening, so it was down to the industrial estate with a broom and a camera to take some photos.

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It is live by Nick Barberton

The first of April and the site is live. Yes it has taken too much time and I have not got the Domain name I want yet, but it is spring and I was woken by the dawn chorus. I must finish the carved panel i am busy with and we are off to Emily's opening at the beautiful Rabley Gallery after lunch.

New website by Nick Barberton

I have bit the bullet and started to design this new website. Square Space do it well and it is a lot easier and perceptive than the last one that I did about eight years ago.

It is spring now and I have just completed a Captains Chair and am now carving an Ash Panel.

Next week I will start making three music stands. A possible two should be off to Paris and one on show for our open weekends in May