Friday, 3 April 2009

Seaside treasures (doors closed!)

Seaside treasures (doors open!)

This cupboard started life as a totally different piece and was destined to have a large carved oak door. When I'd finished it, it felt a bit heavy and cumbersome so I took the door off (saved in my workshop for another piece one day) and made it into an open display cabinet. Inspired by the Scilly Isles I made a little boat to go inside a small inner cupboard. You wouldn't believe how long the boat took. I carved and shape the hull by hand, steamed wooden strips for the gunwhales and even made miniature doweling pegs out of cocktail sticks etc., etc. Mad! I'm hoping I can put it up in my office, when I get round to decorating, where I can display my favourite seaside treasures.

Catch of the day

Ship ahoy!

Sail away!

These yachts (not strictly seaworthy!) I make with my wife, Jane. She makes the sails and I make the hull and mast. We make them in all sizes and I even made a big ocean steamer once. Someone bought that before I had a chance to photograph it unfortunately.