Look what I let myself in for!
It’s a project for a shelter in a Forest School. It will become a balustrade to stop children falling off the veranda. Thus so far:
Today I’ll be fitting the top rail (he said simply!). It is causing quite some consternation amongst passersby. Someone asked whether it was the beginnings of a ladder (Heh?). Most just stare distracted.
Anyway, for relaxation, and as I couldn’t progress any further without a tape measure which shows those incredibly small invisible measurements from The Continent, I decided to have a go at making some small carved bowls in quick time. Cutting two at once with both hands, made rapid progress:
Already starting to colour up as the timber is alder (that accurséd tree).
Then I took out the saw and hey presto!
They took about two hours in all, which should just about squeeze down to £20 each, as my larger bowls seem to be meeting price resistance.
The mini charcoal burn was a failure. Just closed it down too early so the kiln was full of brown ends and hardly any charcoal. Just have to fire it up again and leave it a bit longer with a higher burn rate I think.