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    Posted: 04 Jun 2019 at 11:53am

While researching the Prof’s ancestry I discovered Bergen ‘The Strauser’ an impoverished medieval knight, who fought in all sorts of wars and alehouses and whose tale will unfold in future posts.

He currently festers in the oubliette at Hexham goal for being caught willow weaving on a Saturday.

The piece Bergen was making is shown below and is a 200mm cherry bowl with 24 x 6mm holes 1cm from the rim. The whole was made at a workshop alongside 5 of my Northumbrian Woodturners Association colleagues and Jennifer Molyneux of the Northumbrian Basketry Group. The workshop was spawned from a ‘Greenwood’ evening I organized for the club with a pole lathe turner and Jennifer.

The piece is very much a beginner’s product and did not receive universal acclaim. The comment ‘that will burn well and Oh! look – it comes with its own starting sticks’ was pretty much universal. However, Bergan was proud of it and suggests that other clubs might try the same sort of thing (but better).

Oh - Bergen is trying to mount a campaign to recover royalties as he claims that he was the model for the recently discovered Lewis ‘Warrior’ Chess piece.

Your C&C much appreciated

 

 

 

 



Edited by nicksimpson - 04 Jun 2019 at 6:09pm
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At the risk of offending the NWA members, I think that's a nice basket!

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Hi Claude
The NWA members were quite complimentary but Bergen's current consort was not when this was all he brought back from fighting in foreign lands.
Thanks for responding. I posted this as a suggestion that Club Nights need not always be about spindles, bowls and colouring.
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Here's a link for you.  https://www.nantucketlightshipbasketmuseum.org/research-collections/permanent-collection  
These are all made with wood bottoms and basket sides and lids.  As soon as I saw your, it reminded me of these.

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