Tales from the Wood

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A European Spring Lathe
Lots of queries about the lathe that's been appearing recently.
It's a spring lathe based on a design by Roy Underhill who, I believe, found the original in an ancient German manuscript. The beauty of the design is that it can be fully taken apart by knocking out the frame wedges and then easily re-assembled at workshop venues.
It has two underslung spring poles with an adjustable bridle connecting the two - so an infinite variety of spring tension is possible.

All the students below are first-time wood-turners and yet they got to grips with making components for their woodland sculpture amazingly quickly. A fascinating variation of the tried and tested pole lathe, and with lots of constructional information on the web, it's very buildable.

Spring Lathe 1

Spring Lathe 2

Flotsam 2: High Tide
Another selection of materials for 'Natural Selection'. This trawl was made after a particularly high tide. Iron, cardboard, rubber and salt-bleached roots.


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Natural Selection: an exhibition of synthesised invertebrates
Opening in February at the NWT's Cley and Salthouse Visitor Centre, a show of artworks based on materials collected from the two local reserves. I've been collecting flotsam from the shoreline which, as you might expect from a storm-beach, ranges far beyond what we might consider natural !


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Hunstanton Formation
A good opportunity to collect a few samples of iron bearing minerals. The famous cliffs of Hunstanton; a Mecca for fossil collectors, but now they are joined by the collector of ‘wild pigments’.
I should add, that all samples taken were from fallen specimens which would eventually be swept out to sea and that the overhanging rocks were not quite as dangerous as they seem here!