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Archive - July 2012
Things Are Hotting Up...
26 July 2012
At last, at last the sun, the heat. One day itís wet and dull and almost the next we are roasting and complaining about that! Still, apart from a short spell in the office Iíve managed to stay in the GMC workshop with all the doors open from end to end creating a tunnel effect with the consequent light cooling draught to keep me from expiring. In fact itís so pleasant today we (the family) are going to take the short run down to Eastbourne this evening and sample the delights of the pier and the seafront ice cream parlours. Tomorrow evening of course, Friday that is, there will be the spectacle of the Olympic opening ceremony featuring a rural idyll as created by film director Danny Boyle. Of course there are many aspects to rural life some of which at least wonít get into this spectacle. Like our magazine workshop throbbing and humming with activity, extraction system at full pelt and me dancing (not literally) between machines as I am busy creating the various articles for the next issue. It is a fact of life that there are many small businesses working away in farm units and I suspect it is often forgotten how much we rely as a country on such businesses. Anyway Iím not going let the state of the economy worry me overly, I think Iíll just drag out the deckchair and catch a bit of a tan. And then Iíll do some work...
Anthony BaileyContact Anthony Bailey
20 July 2012
Hi all, hope you are all well out there in the world of wood!
For me this week has dragged a bit Ė I can only blame the naff weather, but apparently itís going to be a different story next week, so onwards and upwards!
We had the fabled torch come past our offices the other day, I nipped outside for the full three seconds and loved all three. Itís amazing what gets people out of the house. I think I would have been less underwhelmed if the torch runner wasnít preceded by a convoy of sponsorship buses playing cheesy music Ė less is more as they say, but then I suppose it doesnít pay for itself! As it passed, three children came running alongside on the pavement and disappeared with it up the town, and I think they had the right idea Ė if you want to make the most of a procession of one, thatís the way to do it.
But anyway, enough cynicism for one blog! What do you all think of WPP70? I hope you are enjoying whatís going into the magazine, please donít hesitate to let us know what you think, whether good or bad. Keep your work coming on the forum gallery too Ė itís a completely free resource with a huge number of woodworkers on hand to give pointers and praise, you may well find it a handy way to improve your work, and youíll get to know other woodworkers too. Give it a try!...
Happy weekend, SiContact Simon Frost
17 July 2012
Well, something worthwhile has just happened and I donít mean the Olympic Torch convoy passing a mere 100 yards from the workshop door... sorry sports fans, Iím more of a Ďdyed in the woolí woody. No Iím referring to the Peter Sefton School of Furniture Making ĎOpen Dayí this Saturday 14th July just gone. Derek Jones, ĎFurniture & Cabinetmakingí Editor and I both set our respective alarm clocks for 4am on Saturday morning and tiptoed from our respective houses ready for a lengthy drive to Upton Upon Severn in time to unload all our kit and displays along with the other exhibitors for the Ď10.00am offí. Thanks to Peter and Sarah for making us welcome, there were plenty of visitors through the doors during the day and I was kept on my toes revisiting my very rusty demo skills to an interested audience. There were demonstrations of French polishing, Peter Sefton cutting joints by hand and me of course using routers and jigs. There were plenty of tools and other kit to buy and our magazines of course and an exhibition of the studentsí high quality furniture pieces. All in all a successful and pleasant day out for everyone punctuated by the inevitable downpour every now and then. Derek and I are looking forward to a return visit next year but in the meantime wish all the best to Peter and Sarah Sefton and the rest of the crew including all his students!Contact Anthony Bailey
06 July 2012
Hi everyone, hope youíve all had a good week. Weíve been busy wrapping up the last bits of another issue of WPP, but thereís no rest for the woody (as they say), and work has already begun on the next! Anthony and I will be heading to Chichester College next week, actually Iíll barely be back from Chichester before our visit Ė I went to uni there and Iím heading that way at the weekend to catch up with friends. Iím positively buzzing to be going back Ė itís a special place for me, and itís not often that so many of my friends are all drawn back there at once.
The next WPP has just landed on my desk, which means that WPP 69 doesnít have long left on the shelves! Issue 70 is out on Thursday, so if you havenít got your current copy yet, donít forget!
The Market Cross in Chichester, a meeting place and an iconic landmark close to the Cathedral, slap bang in the middle of the city. You can see the spire of the Cathedral from pretty much anywhere in town... which is handy if you manage to get lost!