New storefront! MOS Store Now online with items being added daily.
As well as a new link to the store you will also find a new category Boats & Sailing! Here will be a section for those new to it and some links to useful stuff and another to our progress with “Latte” our twin keel 24Ft Sloop. She is now in need of some updates as well as a bit of a refit in an attempt to get me back on the water, follow our progress as we try and find a way of making her disabled friendly, we certainly can’t take the outcome for granted its a true leap of faith.
As well as new stuff and updates to hobbies, interests and projects here, there are some great stories and projects from other talented people, I have been slightly sidetracked by their adventures, not only would I love to share these but Id love for those interested to get involved where possible.
Other places of interest
I’ve been following a project with great interest and decided to be a Patron along with many others; Leo Golden apprenticed in a few of my past haunts including Polruen on the Fowey river, he spent a lot of his time in his early days at R&B in Bristol Harbour. He is now an extremely talented & Knowledgable sailor but he is an amazing puzzle solving shipwright.
Currently restoring a beautiful 1910 Bristol Channel Piolet Cutter called “Tally Ho”, a ship that comes with a fascinating pedigree and history. She is quite simply a massive undertaking and my hats off to Leo and those who have ventured to the US to help him. I’ve spent the best part of a year following his progress & so proud to support Leo; if I was fit enough I would be out there for a few weeks and lending a hand in this amazing part of history.
Once completed Leo plans to bring her back across the Atlantic and down the river Avon into Bristol once more, my hope is I’ll have “Latte” shipshape and be able to sail in with her from the bristBristol channel. I’ll be adding a full dedicated page to Leo and “Tally Ho” with contacts and links to Leo’s pages and videos here.
Back to MOS! Pages still available to the stuff I make & interests that make me tick.
Furniture is a small portion of what I make now, being restricted with health but I do still make the odd piece. I will always consider commissioned pieces or requested for anything required.
Most of the furniture, clocks & household items I make are produced with traditional methods, joinery & hand tools some of which are themselves restored and over a hundred years old.
I always try and source timbers from a sustainable resource, I also enjoy using reclaimed timber, especially for clocks and frames.
From time to time I also have some beautiful old furniture in for restoration, see Furniture restoration where you can follow some transformations and purchase some from the store.
A range of clocks to suit your home or office are all made by hand from various timber types including recycled woods. The mechanisms are generally fitted with a reliable quartz movement and can be ticking or silent as an option Casement clocks and Wall clocks are my favourites to make, I’ve got a very strong personal like for Art Deco / Nevo and Arts & Crafts but I can design and make from a guideline to suit a personal requirement. I do some restorations on old-time pieces, clock movements I hand to a professional clockmaker so I know things leave here right.
A range of items including Bread & Cheese boards – Chalkboards – Cutlery box’s – Display units – Bookshelves – Dress mirror’s
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Painting and Artwork
I still create my artwork from time to time and these can be seen by following the link below. I may well add some more soon, I’ve not painted or drawn for some time due to eyesight and shoulder issues due to surgery; I’m starting to get the itch to try once more, I’ve really missed this part of my life and really hope I can create something soon.
As most of you know I began to favour digital, I really enjoy it each painting is created stroke by stroke using digital brushes & tablet. The painting is built up with hand-mixed colours and each brushmark is done separately.
I’m happy to create a portrait or painting from a favourite photograph. The finished item comes as a high-quality digital image and or printed onto a canvas, framed or unframed.
My only requirement is that you supply a high-quality image to work from, the final painting will be to a degree influenced by the quality of the photograph where I am unfamiliar with the subject to be emulated.
Contact me for further details.
A member of AWGB (Association of Woodturners of Great Britain) if you fancy trying wood-turning you may want to give them a try? Young or old AWGB have instructors who would be happy to give the opportunity: Learning from each other is always a good thing
(Make like a sponge, soak it up for later).