Thursday, March 12, 2009
I had an interesting evening last night which involved a train ride to the coastal town of Bognor Regis in West Sussex. This was not for a Butlins-style escapade as some of you may think, or to participate in the great Birdman of Bognor contest, but was a gentle and welcome visit to Bognor College, host to a weekly woodcarving class.
The 2 hours spent chatting to students from many walks of life and across a wide age range about their work, what inspires them and their obvious love for the course (some of them are regular attendees for quite a few years now) was a fantastic way to spend an evening, and I enjoyed every minute of it.
And to cap off the evening nicely, I got to chat with Jack Hill, an outstanding craftsman who is well known in the woodworking field – it really was an honour to meet him.
A special thanks to course leader, Paul Bignall, for inviting me to come along to the class. And let that be a warning to the rest of you out there. I am on my way to visiting classes and clubs so hope to see you very soon!